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Postcard from…Alexandra Lind Rose

Friday, April 4, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 1.29.24 PMDear AVENUE,


In the spirit of Save Venice’s big night, the “Un Ballo in Maschera” co-chair tells us why she loves the Italian city.


Manhattan born and bred Alexandra Lind Rose devotes her time to fashion and design consulting; and to the boards of Save Venice and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. So it is no surprise that Rose, who is a co-chair of the always well-attended Save Venice ball, chose Venice as one of her favorite places to travel. Her work for this organizationwhich supports preserving Venice’s artistic heritageintersects perfectly with her love of the Italian city’s art, culture, beauty and proximity to water. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that her frequent visits to Venice help guarantee that Rose will have a fabulous mask for the upcoming Save Venice Enchanted Garden Ball on April 4 at the Pierre. 


Venetian appreciation


Venice is definitely at the top of my list [of favorite places to travel]—I am drawn to places surrounded by water. I stay at The Gritti Palace. It is just a glorious hotel. It has an epicurian school so guests can take demonstration classes with the chef and the restaurant, Club Del Doge, is wonderful. Also, the luxurious Acqua di Parma spa is critical after many hours of walking!


Business and pleasure


I really love visiting the Save Venice restoration projects with the project directors/scholars and indulging in the Accademia Galleries and Church of San Sebastiano. Beyond that, I just like to cruise the lagoon and explore the local architecture.


 


Alexandra’s advice


Definitely visit the Church of San Sebastiano to see the famous Veronese paintings and Scuola Grande di San Rocco to view the great paintings of Titian and Tintoretto—creators of the golden age of Venetian painting in the 16th century; and Murano for the Venini chandeliers. Go to the vintage and antiques market, Mercatino dei Miracoli for unexpected finds; the Fortuny atelier in Guidecca for beautiful fabrics; the Dolce and Gabbana boutique in San Marco for their unique ready to wear selection; and finally head over to Torcello for dinner and dancing.


 


Always something to discover


Each visit to Venice is unique. The last trip I took, Adelina Wong Ettelson and I got a private viewing of the beautiful paintings by the brilliant artist and fellow [Save Venice] board member, Roger de Montebello.


 


Expanding collection


Antique anything from foreign countries are totally precious to me because they’re historical. And, I never leave Venice without new masks from Mondonovo Maschere or Ca’ Del Sol for the next Save Venice New York masked ball.


Bottom line


Traveling to interesting places alters one’s perspective so I always come back withfresh creative ideas!


 


 



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