Hotelier and TV presenter Alex Polizzi has recently revealed to the world her take on Secret Italy, a guide to those places that are less obvious destinations, an opportunity to use her network to reveal some of the unseen sights of the tourist traps, and some hints as to how to get the most out of those cities which appear to have no secrets left.
Naturally she went to Venice; a regular haunt in her childhood as her Grandmother was Venetian. One of her secrets was being allowed into the most expensive room in the 5 star Bauer hotel as preferred by Charles & Camilla apparently. Naturally the room was everything you’d expect in a Palazzo, but there was a surprise to come as Alex eyed the complimentary bathroom toiletries. These are all made by hand exclusively for the hotel… by inmates at the nearby women’s prison.
Less surprising was Alex’s tip of getting up early to beat the crowds to the busy spots.
Afraid I was ahead of you there Alex, and though the Piazza San Marco wasn’t quite empty, if there’s freedom to run behind the colonnades it’s quiet enough.
- Alex Polizzi’s homage to secret Italy (telegraph.co.uk)