My personal style signifier is a necklace of round silver discs that glitter in the sun, made by the sculptural jeweller Osanna Visconti in Milan. It is lightweight but visually loud and I play with it the whole time. From €450; www.osannavisconti.it.
The last things I bought and loved were some black brogues with silver studs from Church’s. I’m very tall – over 6ft – so I never wear heels. These are like men’s shoes, but the studs add a flicker of femininity. I live in them. €365; Calle Vallaresso 1316, 30124 Venice (+39041-241 0147; www.church-footwear.com).
And the thing I’m eyeing next is a pair of pink and red Prada ballerinas. £440; www.prada.com.
The last meal that truly impressed me was at Antiche Carampane here in Venice, where we go at least once a week. Every time I visit I am blown away by how good the tagliolini al granchio is. San Polo 1911, 30125 Venice (+39041-524 0165; www.antichecarampane.com).
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Nan Goldin. I’ve been buying photography for years without consciously meaning to build up a collection, and her pictures are real and honest; I’d like to buy every single one.
The last music I downloaded was Christmas Song Book, an album by the Italian singer Mina. Music isn’t my department, though; I organise the house, the travel; my husband, Giberto, and the children are in charge of the soundtrack. They know I love Italian music – by Zucchero, Lucio Battisti, Francesco De Gregori – as well as U2 and Mika. And Ricky Martin is my jogging music.
A recent “find” is Dejamis, a shop in Florence that will restyle your granny’s fur coat and make it contemporary and fabulous. They might reline it with something fun and replace a moth-eaten collar with leather or suede. They are very creative and full of fantasy. Via Paisiello Giovanni 3/A/B, 50144 Florence (+39055-535 3345; www.dejamis.it).
In my fridge you’ll always find Prosecco, homemade by Giberto in the countryside, Stolichnaya to keep my friends happy and lots of chocolate, which I buy from the fabulous VizioVirtù. Its dark chocolate with almonds and raisins is to die for. San Polo 2898/A, 30125 Venice (+39041-275 0149; www.viziovirtu.com).
The best gift I’ve given recently was an emerald-green Murano-glass tumbler to each of my childhood girlfriends, engraved with their initials. Giberto is a glass artist and I love giving his work as presents because they come from the heart and represent him, me, our life together and Venice. €95; www.giberto.it. www.vogue.it. www.yoox.com.
And the best one I’ve received was a necklace Giberto had made. I had an old family coin that I used to wear on a long leather string; I adored it, but lost it in Paris a while ago. One night I got home and on my pillow was another, almost exactly the same. It was a real surprise and very romantic.
An indulgence I would never forego is the treatments I have at the Aman hotel downstairs. They are very tempting because all I have to do is take the lift down one floor and there’s the spa. All its products are chemical-free and the signature foot treatment is heaven, as Venice is a city for walking. It begins with an exfoliation with Himalayan crystal salts, followed by a massage using peppermint and arnica to calm and refresh tired tootsies, and finishes with a hot compress. I leave with feet that look and feel brand new. €150; Palazzo Papadopoli, Calle Tiepolo 1364, Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venice (+39041-270 7333; www.amanresorts.com).