Alessandro 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. www.boudoir.venice.it
I refuse to eat with the crowds, so my dinner spot of choice is this unprepossessing terraced restaurant on the canal in Giudecca.
Jump on a boat and head to the top deck of the Hilton Molino for cocktails. The view is just breathtaking. www.hotelcittadimilano.com
Head to this design store to buy your Mama an authentically Venetian present.