Venice’s beautiful Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo – sometimes called the campo delle meraviglie, or “square of marvels” – offers easy access to San Marco (from which it’s a 15-minute stroll) and the authenticity of everyday life where the sestieri of Cannaregio and Castello meet. Now, Paris-based designers Anna Covre and Frédéric Tubau have renovated three stunning suites in the 16th-century Palazzo Volpi (palazzovolpi.com; from €480). The interiors are sleek of line – low-slung settees, minimalist tables and contemporary bath fittings – but realised in materials so sumptuous they’d make a doge blush: Nero Marquina and Venetian white marbles, hand-flocked velvets and metal light fixtures hand-cast by local artisans. Suite I has three bedrooms and is perfect for families, while II and III are dreamy one-bedroom havens. And you can thank Luca Cordero di Montezemolo for the best new way to get there: Italo Evo (italotreno.it; first-class from about €100), the latest iteration of the super-swank high-speed train service he founded in 2012 with Tod’s chairman Diego Della Valle, is launching a direct northeastern line, calling at Turin, Milan and Venice – and, later this year, the beautiful and less-explored Bolzano and Trieste.