Category Archives: Don’t Look Now

San Nicolò dei Mendicoli, Venice, Italy

San Nicolò dei Mendicolidln13 1907, Dorsoduro cap 30123 Venezia Italy
Visiting: Monday to Saturday: 10.00 12.00, closed Sundays.
Tel: +39 041 2750382
Boat line Actv: boat stop San Basilio or Santa Marta

Sutherland restores the San Nicolò dei Mendicoli church, which is situated on the South West region of the Dorsoduro. It’s got to be said that it’s a trek away from the main tourist centre, however well worth a steady walk along across the Ponte deli Accademia and heading towards the Zattere, you get a sense of relaxation and space whilst in the area of the Dorsoduro.


I stopped at one of the quayside cafe’s and ordered a local spritzer, sweet not sour but either choice is mixed with Prosecco, an orange slice and served on the rocks. The drink is commonly served in Northern Italy and especially in Venice. In the last decade spritzer with Prosecco has become the most popular type served in Italy, and a delight to take in the sun as you look towards the island of Giudecca. Prising myself from my chair I carried along the Zattere until reaching the San Nicolò dei Mendicoli. According to tradition, the church is one of the oldest in Venice and it was first built in the 7th century where apparently the begging poor and the praying sinners would gather.



Caffè Florian
Piazza San Marco, 56, Venice, Italydln23
Web: www.
+39 041 520 5641

Another day site seeing and a well earned glass of Prosecco at Caffe Florian, which is situated within St Marks Square. As a matter of fact, some say that the Caffe Florian was the first café in the world.

Whilst in Caffe Florian myself and my partner were in awe of the carnival, and were entertained by a group of lavishly dressed carnival goers, in what I would imagine Casanova to be dressed like with all his charismatic “je ne sais quoi!”  This 1700 century cafe served as a meeting place and rendezvous point for Charles Dickens, Lord Byron and the infamous Casanova who came in search for female company!

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Sisters Hotel La Fenice et Des Artistes, Venice, Italy

Hotel La Fenice et Des Artistesdln19 San Marco, 1936
30124 Venezia, ItalyTel: 041 5232333
Web: www.

Sutherland escorted one of the sisters back to the La Fenice before he gave chase across the bridge, which is situated 25 metres to the left as you exit the hotel.


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Hotel Gabrielli & Hotel Bauer, Venice, Italy

Hotel Gabriellidln22
Riva degli Schiavoni, 4110
30122 Venezia, Italy
Tel +39 041 5231580

The exterior and entrance locations of the Hotel Gabrielli were used in this adaptation of the Daphnie du Maurier novel, Don’t Look Now. Having travelled from the UK to Venice, I arrived in heavy rain and took the vaporetto past the restaurant Roma where Julie first meets the sisters – situated on the Grand Canal on the foothill of the north side of the Ponte Scalzi. Passing amongst other interesting pieces of achitecture are the Rialto Bridge, Byrons house and of course Harry’s Bar. Did I mention I was soaked from head to foot?!

After walking past St Marks square and the Doges palace, where Casanova charmed his way to escape the Bridge of Sighs, I finally reached my hotel. I booked in and after tipping the bellhop a few Euros, I showered and set to work thinking to myself hold on tiger! You’re situated in one of Roegs’ movie locations! This has obviously happened to me before but not unintentionally.

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Palazzo Grimani, Venice, Italy

dln7dln8Palazzo Grimani, Calle di Mezzo, Castello, Venice.

Palazzo Grimani
Ramo Grimani, Castello 4858
30122 Venezia
Tel: +39 041 5200345

Palazzo Grimani, Venice is the place where Sutherland meets his doom! The only way to the waterfront entrance to the Palazzo Grimani is to cross the nearby bridge Ponte Nova. One would need to hot foot across canal boats of approximately 100 metres to the domineering entrance.

Having hunted for this location (as there are 2 Calle di Mezzo’s!) covering a substantial amount of ground, and during carnival time with men and women masked in weird and wonderful disguises walking past or alongside you, made this location one to remember.


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Restaurant Roma, Venice, Italy

Ristorante Roma,dln6 Cannaregio
122, Venice Italy
Tel: +39 041 715982

Christie faints at the Restaurant Roma. The restaurant is situated in the district of Cannaregio, and sits at the foothill of the Ponte degli Scalzi on the Canal Grande Venice. One of my favourite locations because the restaurant that was used was hidden away towards the rear of the restaurant. The photo with me in it was taken a while back, in fact you can see me and the friendly waiter who is showing me the landing stage where the ambulance pulled up at. The waiter welcomed me with open arms letting me into the empty restaurant taking pictures, it still houses the same decor however its now a storage facility for the restaurant. You are able to venture in to the disused restaurant at the back of the now Restaurant Roma,  but just be aware that you will be asked to order before venturing past the now restaurant!


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