IRIS’S PER­SONAL TOUR

The Simple Things - - MY CITY -

Favourite shops DROGHERIA MASCARI

This gourmet spice store near the Rialto is great for an­cient Vene­tian food and culi­nary gifts. Ruga degli Spezieri

Favourite café PAS­TIC­CE­RIA ALLA BRAGORA

I just love their rose tea and hot choco­late. Sal­izada Sant’An­tonin

Favourite restau­rant AL GIARDINETTO DA SEV­ERINO,

Garden restau­rant serv­ing de­li­cious seafood. Sal­izada Zorzi

Favourite mar­ket

The Rialto Mar­ket. I love its sea­sonal food sec­tions, dried to­ma­toes, berg­amots, lemons and the best lo­cal salad herbs de­liv­ered from the La­goon is­land Sant’Erasmo and the Es­tu­ary.

Favourite ho­tel HO­TEL FON­TANA,

This is a lovely fam­ily-owned ho­tel lo­cated within the former grounds of the monastery of San Zac­caria, just five min­utes east of Pi­azza San Marco. It has a won­der­ful garden, ter­races, a court­yard and se­cret bal­conies. hotel­fontana.it

Favourite way to spend an hour

In a Vene­tian book­store, such as Li­bre­ria Goldoni (Calle dei Fab­bri) or Li­bre­ria Studium (Calle Larga San Marco). Both are lo­cated not far from Pi­azza San Marco.

Place to see by night

The canal lin­ing the back of Teatro La Fenice, the Vene­tian Opera House. It’s one of the qui­etest spots at night. Very sooth­ing and re­lax­ing, and the view of the il­lu­mi­nated water is breath­tak­ing.

Best view

From the top of the cam­panile (bell­tower) of the San Gior­gio Mag­giore monastery, on the is­land just op­po­site Pi­azza San Marco. Take the lift up and from here you get a won­der­ful view of the se­cret south­ern La­goon and the north­ern garden is­lands.

The one ‘must-do’

Break­fast on the ter­race of Ho­tel Monaco e Grand Canal, with a view of the Basil­ica della Sa­lute. hotel­monaco.it

1 IRIS LOREDANA founded web­site and blog La Ve­nes­siana: The Fra­grant World of Venice along with her grand­mother, Lina, in 2015. They write about life in the La­goon, and the city’s pri­vate homes, kitchens and se­cret gar­dens. Find them at lave­nes­siana.com

The is­land of San 1 Ge­or­gio Mag­giore, where the Bri­tish sculp­ture, Breath, of Ali­son Lap­per, sits cen­tre stage.

2 Fresh fruit and veg are al­ways avail­able in the mar­kets. 3 Campo Santa Maria For­mosa and the church’s north fa­cade. 4 The Drogheria Mascari spice shop 2

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