“I cannot write about Venice; I can only write about me, and the sleeping parts of myself that Venice has shocked into wakefulness.”
― Jessica Zafra, Twisted Travels
The first time I went to Venice, I was alone. There was no romantic agenda, but between Venice and myself. On that first evening in the city, I walked for four hours without rest, letting only my eyes lead my next turn, happily seduced.
All my meanderings paid dividend and I found a part of the city, away from the hordes of tourists, the Dorsoduro. An area full of museums, galleries, churches but also charming osterias and bars but most of all a sense of peace, which in Venice is the rarest thing of all. For me, the Dorsoduro's real gem is the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, an oasis of modern art with masterpieces from the twentieth century housed in her private residence on the Grand Canal and an inspiring glimpse into a life that was as privileged as it was extraordinary.
My palate guided by the brilliant Venice Osterie by Michela Scibilia, to restaurants and osteria's hidden around the city; with dinner at Linea d'ombra on a spectacular dining terrace extending over the water with views towards the whole of the Giudecca to San Giorgio, an unforgettable experience.
Nui Ami's Venice Collection is seductive and opulent, with a rich colour palette of gold, black and copper, it takes inspiration from that first visit to the city. The gold mosaics of St Mark's Basicila, the silky black wood of the gondolas and the delicacy of Murano glass have all inspired elements of the collection. Nui Ami's Venice embodies a woman who is confident in herself and like Venice, she knows how to seduce.
When you want to cook like a Venetian: Polpo by Russell Norman
When you want to eat like a Venetian: Venice Osterie by Michela Scibilia
When you want food for the soul: Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice