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Milan-based jewelry designer Osanna Visconti di Modrone gives us the insider’s scoop on idyllic Venice.

First-time visitors must see…

Piazza San Marco.

Packing essentials for a trip to Venice include…

Trousers, a shirt, a cardigan, a trench coat, a hat for eventual rain, flat shoes…and gumboots —
you never know!

The signature style in Venice is…

Flats!

The best place to stay…

The Aman Canal Grande Venice, in Tiepolo’s suite.

A traditional Venetian meal…

Raw fish at Trattoria Antiche Carampane.

My favorite place for an evening cocktail is…

You can’t miss a Spritz on The Gritti terrace. (The Spritz is one of the typical drinks in Venice.)

If you love architecture, you have to go see…

Chiostro Palladiano and Chiostro dei Cipressi on San Giorgio Island.

The tourist attraction even a local can’t resist…

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco with its Tintoretto frescoes.

One secret only a local would know…

One thing you can get in Venice that you can’t get anywhere else: the wonderful Palazzo glasses by Giberto Arrivabene, named after famous Venice palazzos and made by the artisans in Murano. You can buy them at the Aman Canal Grande Venice hotel store.

Must-see art from the Venice Biennale you’ll be able to see all summer…

I loved the exhibition Da Franchetti a Franchetti at the Ca’ d’Oro.

Clockwise from left: Venice, photographed by Abby Lynn; parked gondolas in front of Piazza San Marco, by Yuriy Brykaylo; Osanna, by James Merrell; Tory’s Chelsea ballet flat; glass mosaic, by Catherine Hadler

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