Venice, Italy
Carlotta, 30
Special Events Coordinator
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a bit about Carlotta

What do you do and why do you do it?

I love visual arts, traveling, meeting people and drinking well so, I decided to work in PR and become a special events coordinator specializing in contemporary art!

What TV show is a must watch?

Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing.

What’s the best karaoke song of all times?

Obviously the title theme of “Dawson’s Creek”: ANOUANAUAIIII 🙂

Which movie have you watched more than 3 times?

“The best offer” by Giuseppe Tornatore.

Have you ever cried while reading a book? Which one?

No, but I cried the first time a saw “La Primavera” by Botticelli. Does it count?

Are you a planned or a spontaneous shopper? What’s your go-to store in Venice?

I’m a totally spontaneous shopper! There are a few cute and hidden shops in Venice. My selection is: “L’Ottico Fabbricatore”, “Il Mercante di Sabbia”, “Le Stanze del Cashmere” (the latter only for girls!)

What’s the one place in Venice that you’re sure only you truly appreciate?

A little workshop (o atelier) of an old man who creates handcrafted necklaces. You never know when the workshop is open because he opens it when he feels like it but if you find it open it’s a really magic place!

What’s your dream job?

My current job! (but better paid).

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

London: because you can choose between lots of different foods; because you could join the cool nightlife; because of the British accent.

Where do you go in Venice if you have two hours to kill?

I love to go to the “Acqua Alta” library in Castello. It’s an unconventional library, a place where the time stops and the books smell of salt.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Venice but never actually do?

Taking a gondola ride. It’s really expensive for residents like me, so sometimes, I take the cheap alternative: the traghetto from Santa Sofia to Rialto Mercato. You pay just 2€ to cross the Grand Canal: short but intense trip.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out for a bite or a drink in Venice?

My hero is Jay Kay from the Jamiroquai band and I would take him to my favorite place in Venice: the “Macondo”, a kiosk on the beach of the Alberoni, at the end of Lido island. Like a paradise!

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood in Venice would you be?

Probably “Castello”: it is the most authentic neighborhood in Venice because is the less popular and you can still see the laundry hanging up out of the windows, old people sitting out of their houses and here, you can feel the real spirit of Venice.

What’s the place in Venice you’ll never be caught dead in?

You have absolutely to avoid the touristic restaurants and bars!!! Rather that falling in these terrible traps, try asking local people.

Where do you and your drinking buddies meet for a casual night out in Venice?

The best areas in Venice for drinking people are: 1) Fondamenta della Misericordia, 2) Erbaria di Rialto, 3) Campo Santa Margherita.

Where would you go in Venice to celebrate the best news EVER!?

Probably I would go to “Mercà”, one of my favorite bars in Venice! There aren’t any chairs or tables so all the people stands up and make a lot of noise!

It’s a Saturday night and the mood is right – where do you go in Venice to party?

As a lot of people just know, in Venice there aren’t a lot of places to go after midnight. In any case, you can go to the “Biliardi”. You can bet it will be one of the few places to stay open until the early morning!

It’s your last day in Venice – how do you spend your time?

If it is a sunny day, I would have a walk to Zattere, eating the famous Gianduiotto (type of ice cream) of “Nico”, the best ice-cream shop in town.

What’s the one place a first-time visitor in Venice can’t miss?

The Fortuny Museum. It is the best palazzo of the city. You have to pay the ticket to go inside but you will not regret it!

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