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What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a junior architect, currently doing my master in Architecture. I decided to study to become an architect when I was 17: I don't know exactly why I chose it. My aunt and a friend's family are architects: I think I got the inspiration from them. Architecture chose me.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Luckily, I had no bad job experiences until now - I've worked as a graphic designer for a curriculum internship that was amazing as I was collaborating with a great team. Now and then I work as a weekend waitress, which is a bit hard but you get the chance to meet many different people, learn about kitchen stuff, good beers and wines.
Were you born and raised in Venice? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Venice?
I was born in the same city I'm currently based in. It's a small town, halfway from the seaside and the mountains, surrounded by the hills. We have Venice in 1-hour train's journey. Venice is the city I'm currently studying in: that's why I got the chance to live there and fall in love with the magic city on-the-water.
What’s your current hood in Venice and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
When you study, you'd like to work; when you work, you'd like to go back and study again. I often get bored about university's life. But then I ask myself: how many people in the world dream about visiting Venice once in their life? I can see it everyday, I can't get bored...
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
What about if I say reggaeton music? I know it's a bit mainstream and probably overrated but it gives me energy. I love dancing, that's the main reason I like it. I don't absolutely hate any kind of music. But if anyone would take me to a metal music concert, I wouldn't be the happiest person on Earth...
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
No heartbreaking songs, please - whatever I can dance until I feel happy again!
Name some spots in Venice that are good for a Tinder date.
"Al Remer" and "Naranzaria" are perfect places for a drink at the sunset with the view of Rialto's bridge. If you want to see Venice from the top, the new terrace on the top of Fondaco dei Tedeschi and San Marco's bell tower are great for Tinder's matches.
Who’s your hero and where in Venice would you take them out for a serious hang?
I don't have a special hero. But if I had one I would walk around the city with him/her, getting lost to discover hidden treasures in Venice. That's the most precious thing of this city!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Second-hand and vintage market. It's my addiction!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love art, architecture and theatre. I usually don't have time enough to visit all the art exhibitions and see theatre performances in Venice!
Where do you go in Venice for a casual night out?
Campo Santa Margherita is the best students' spot! To meet friends and new people. Bars are really cheap and people is friendly.
Where would you go in Venice to celebrate some freaking good news?
I think I would go to Fondamenta della Misericordia where most of my favourite drinking-and-eating spots are!
What’s your choice of transportation in Venice and why?
I usually walk everywhere. Sometime you would need more time waiting the public boat and for the journey's itself to reach a place than just walk straight to your destination!
What are the Venice spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Punta della Dogana and Torre del Bovolo to see Venice at different levels and perspectives.
What are the Venice spots tourists should run from screaming?
Giardini di Sant'Elena is a great place to get out of the city noise.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Venice. How do you spend it?
I think I would wander around the city, trying to get lost somewhere I've never been to. That's the best way to enjoy Venice!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
In 2014, I spent 5 months studying in Crete (Greece) as part of the Erasmus programme. The city I used to live was Chania, on the north of the island, by the seaside. I still have some friends living there: everytime I get the chance I fly there. Greek life is so calm. People is friendly, the food is amazing and the landscape is unique!