Snapshot: Venezia, Italia

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Gondoliers gondolier-ing at Venetian rush hour

Oh Venice, you are a rare gem!  The strange green color of the lagoon, the fact that all cars and bicycles are replaced by boats and pedestrians, the delicious daily cicchetti and lo spritz.  If you can get away from all the tourists (even though you are one), Venice will take your breath away.  I was in Italy last month for work and spent four fast and furious days in Venezia, a floating and often flooded city.  About fifteen years ago, I was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, so this trip was a real moment of nostalgia for me.  There is nothing like roaming around, endlessly walking the maze of the city.  Every crumbling corner is beautiful to look at and basically nothing has changed since I lived there over a decade ago.

This quick trip’s highlights were a night time walk to my favorite street, Fondamenta Misericordia (my old neighborhood), where you can find all the locals and young college students hanging out by the canal, eating and drinking, and listening to live jazz.

I also really enjoyed going to the Roberta di Camerino showroom, once the brand’s factory, housed behind a gorgeous wooden door on a hidden street. Roberta (whose real name was Giuliana) was a fashion designer ahead of her time, who’s signature was trompe l’oeil velvet handbags.  Her vintage pieces are now collector’s items, but the house has been revived and new collections are being produced.

My favorite meals were at Osteria alla Vedova and another spot where all the gondoliers used to eat (can’t find it online- Venice is full of secrets, ask a local) where I ate all the city’s specialties like fluffy risotti and squid ink pasta. It was delicious AND turned my lips purple. I think the best way to do Venice is just get lost and explore, and bring extra socks, because it floods often, especially on the full moon! So magical.

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The facade of the 19th century Salviati Palazzo advertising glassworks

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The Vision Quest Duffle making it’s Venetian debut on my friend Anna (I swear it’s the best travel bag), and working HARD with the girls after literally walking ALL day… And yes, I wear a fanny pack when I’m working.

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Full moon flooding, acqua alta, in Piazza San Marco

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A neon piece at the Peggy Guggenheim by Mario Merz that says,”Se la forma scompare, la sua radice é eterna”: “If the form vanishes, it’s root is eternal”

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