Time to travel
Venice, Italy

The inside track

Alessandro de Lorenzo owns Ottica Boudoir, Venice’s most fabulous opticians, specialising in nonmainstream and custom made eyewear. He believes beautiful glasses for beautiful people should be in a beautiful shop in a beautiful city.

Eat

I refuse to eat with the crowds, so my dinner spot of choice is La Altanella, an unprepossessing terraced restaurant on the canal in Giudecca.

Drink

Jump on a boat and head to Skyline Rooftop, the top deck of the Hilton Molino for cocktails in the evening. The view is quite simply breathtaking.

Shop

Head to the Perla Madre design store to buy your Mama an authentically Venetian present. The big selection here means everyone finds something.