Lost in Venice
Spring is just around the corner and already you will have noticed our new season women’s wear landing in stores and online. What you may not have noticed is the strong design influence taken from trips to Venice that work through a capsule of the Spring collection. Take note of graphic prints and coral hues, all taking inspiration from the colours of this great water linked city and its stunning architecture.
In light of this and our connection to Venice this season we round up our favourite places to stay, eat and visit and what to wear on your trip.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Hotel Cipriani is the best of both worlds. Sat on the tip of Giudecca Island, the Belmond’s Venice hotel offers quiet tranquility away from the city, with enough distance to have spectacular views of the Venice sinking skyline from the restaurant’s veranda, whilst actually only being a four-minute private launch from San Marco. Also offering the only pool in central Venice – the hotel boasts the rare ability to offer a city break as well as the usual relaxation of a summer holiday. There’s also a fitness centre with a personal trainer on hand (just in case you feel like burning off all that pizza and pasta), tennis courts and a boutique selling classic venetian goods within the hotel. Each room is decorated in a quintessential venetian style, and comes with an exquisite view choice; from the hotel’s lush Casanova gardens, the canals and lagoon or even St Mark’s Square.
There’s so much fantastic food to be had in Italy, we couldn’t just recommend one restaurant, if there’s one thing to do when you’re in Venice, it’s eat. And drink, obviously.
There’s an abundance of fantastic ice cream places in Venice, but if you want something authentic, go to Gelateria Suso. They stick to Italian recipes with flavors such as mascarpone, fig and walnuts and don’t use anything artificial. You can also get waffles with hazelnuts and cream.
For Classic Italian Cooking…
For a fancy lunch or dinner with a select regional Italian wine list, L’Alcova Restaurant is one of Venice’s best. The chef’s philosophy is ‘fresh produce from land and sea with talent and creativity’ – sounds good to us. If that doesn’t sway you, the restaurant overlooks the water front with Rialto Market right opposite. Make sure you book in advance though, it’s a hot spot.
If you’re wanting something a little cheaper and more casual, La Zucca is a charming but smaller restaurant with a wide range of vegetarian options. Nestled in the Santa Croce area, here you’ll find a great mix of locals, tourists, students and a vibrant atmosphere.
Venice is famous for its culinary seafood cooking. There’s all kinds of weird and wonderful fish to taste that you’ll have never have heard of; from sea snails to spider crabs. Be adventurous and instead of just doing restaurants, pick up some fresh fish from the Rialto and Chioggia market. Even if you decide not to eat, it’s a fantastic thing to experience anyway, just remember to bring a nose peg.
Italy as a country really is like no other. As transport is limited to water taxis (which can get expensive), it’s a perfect excuse to walk. Venice isn’t the biggest city so you really can cover miles each day. This way you’ll be able to take in boutiques, art galleries and some of the amazing architecture that inspired our recent collection.
If you’re looking for glassware, head to Venini – there’s all sorts of colours and shapes to choose from. For something quainter and shabby chic, make a visit to Store, it’s an old-style haberdashery where you find the best quality cashmere and leather accessories.
If there’s just a couple of excursions to do, the first would be to see our favourite Guggenheim in the world. It was once Peggy’s home, and is filled to the brim with her personal art collection. The other would be to see some (at least) of the 16 myriad churches, all classic examples of Italian religious architecture at its best.
Harry’s Bar is without a doubt the most famous bar in Venice. Birthing the notorious Bellini cocktail, consisting of peach juice and sparkling wine, the atmosphere is electric. If you want something slightly less touristy but still magical, head to Caffè Florian, built in 1720 it is the oldest café in the world and is Venetian design in its truest form. By day it is a restaurant and museum of contemporary art, by night it is a lively bar – best of both worlds.
A summer get away to Venice can bring soaring temperatures but travelling on the water will keep you cool. For everything the city has to offer we suggest packing lightweight and simple capsule wardrobe with plenty of layering options to see you on and off the waterways in style.