The Weekend Australian - October 2006

Access All Areas
by Jodie Minus

Jill Kammer lives in Rome with her husband Leon. They run Italy-Accom, an internet travel service listing more than 300 Italian apartments, villas, hotels and B&Bs. Jill has lived and worked in Melbourne, Bangkok and New York and is planning to move to Paris. www.italy-accom.com

GUGGENHEIM, VENICE

I never miss a visit to the Guggenheim when I am in Venice. Even if I only have 10 minutes to spare, it’s always worth it. I’m a big fan of outrageous, courageous, live-on-the-edge types, so I get a thrill out of hanging out at Peggy’s house, even though I have to pay to get in.

www.guggenheim-venice.it

SPAZIO SETTE, ROME

Spazio Sette, tucked away behind Campo de’ Fiori at 7 via dei Barbieri, is my favourite interiors shops. In an ancient city like Rome, the cobblestone streets eventually stop looking quaint and begin to look plain crooked, and that’s when a visit to this magnificent modern store, housed an an ancient palazzo, is called for. It stocks all the better Italian and international design brands. Phone +39 06 686 974

AGNES B, PARIS

I only shop for clothes in France because my body is so un-Italian, as it my clothing taste. I’m sure Agnes has me in mind when she designs.

www.agnesb.fr

SUNDAY ANTIQUES MARKET, ROME

The market by the Tiber River is held on the first Sunday of each month. There are stands selling handmade fabric lightshades, great antique jewellry, curtains, fabrics and some crazy items such as a full 30’s kitchen from Poland. Ask a cab to take you to Ponte Milvio. (10 mins from Piazza di Spagna).

CHIASSO DEI PORTICI, SIENA

Chiasso dei Portici, in Radda, Chianti, is a fabulous restaurant: exceptional food and wine, and the service and ambience in the beautiful garden terrace make this a definite favourite. Phone: +39 057 773 9270

VENICE

I love tossing away the guidebook for the day and wandering aimlessly around Venice for hours on end – spectacular by day, eerie and magical by night. I love to take a random vaporetto and just stay on for the ride, jumping on any traghetto – gondola ferry – for a 50 cent ride.