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Here is part two of the Free People Guide to Venice, put together by our producer! Read on for our tips on where to eat and more of our favorite things about Venice, and if you missed it be sure to check out part one of the guide featuring where to stay, landmarks, gondola riding tips and more fun stuff!

It’s always my goal when arriving in a new city to find the best local joints. Venice is a hard city to get to know due to its “tourist-y” nature, but all it takes is a little wander away from San Marco and the Rialto (make sure you see those too!) to get to know the real Venice.

It was recommended by a friend of a friend to eat at Alle Vedova – we didn’t end up finding it until our last night, but I think I can speak for all of us in saying that we wish we had made it there sooner! After a week of sub-par and expensive Italian food we found just what we were craving at Alle Vedova.

I think that it was more the experience than the food itself, though tables of  fresh squid, local veggies and homemade pasta weren’t so bad! Alle Vedova is settled in at the end of a small dark alley, but the rumble of local chatter makes it clear when you are headed in the right direction! Once you put your name in they give you small glasses of red or white wine for while you wait and homemade meatballs to tide you over until your table is ready. One of my favorite touches was the napkin lampshades! What a sweet idea!

Its spritz o’clock!

It seems to be a Venetian tradition to take a break in the middle of the day for a Spritz. I think it’s the most beautifully colored cocktail I’ve ever seen and it is the perfect drink for a hot summers day.

Here is how to make it for yourself …

1/3 white wine (ideally prosecco)

1/3 aperol or bitters or select (pick your favorite!)

1/3 seltzer water

Throw in an olive; find some sunshine and lounge by a canal… you’ll blend right in with the locals!

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I’m not sure even where to begin talking about gelato! I think that a few of us ate it breakfast lunch and dinner during our long shoot days. Our local producer claimed that Gelati Nico was her favorite in Venice, and though I agree that it was delicious I believe that gelato is heaven anywhere you eat it in Italy, it may just be a matter of price … more expensive does not equal better in this case!

I’m sure a lot of you are wondering what the difference is between gelato and ice cream and I am here to tell you that they are not at all the same thing. The ingredients are similar but the process of making it, the ratio of ingredients in it and the temperature at which it is served are completely different. It is smoother, tastes creamier and I am happy to tell you has less fat then ice cream.

… it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it now!

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Oh boy… every little detail makes me smile… and the color combinations are inspiring to say the least <3

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Venice kills me with its rich color combinations and patterns … for a city that is known for its decay, it has the richest detail elements! Look at these samples from the home that we shot in… All of these patterns were found in the living room alone!  Just thinking about it makes my heart melt a little.

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These shoes aren’t mine but I sure do wish they were! They are the perfect flat shoe… casual and dressy and oh so comfortable.  I can’t wait for them to come out in the catalog so I can snatch up a pair for myself!

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Venice comes alive at night, and I recommend to everyone that you go out and enjoy it! We often worked late which meant that we didn’t eat until around 10 or so which seemed to be the norm at most of the places we ate.  After our meal we often opted to wander back to the hotel instead of taking a water taxi and we saw the most beautiful things along the way!

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Our last night in Venice was my favorite.  We combined all of my favorite things into one last hurrah! We ate great food at Alle Vedova, had fun drinks at Bar Paradiso Perduto (Cannaregio 2540, Venice), played dice along the canal, met up with old friends, made some new ones, wandered endlessly and laughed even more so… certainly a night to remember and how I recommend ending every trip! Well, think of it this way… a late night before the flight home helps you sleep on the plane :)

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We hope you enjoyed our guide to Venice! If you’d like, visit our flickr page and download the whole thing. Ciao, Venice!

*All photos by Thomas Northcut except for pages: “All about the details,” “Patterns” and “Shoes I Love”.

Ox -Aug 30, 2011, 3:41PM
http://surfacetoaer.tumblr.com/ you inspired me
Ronnie -Aug 13, 2011, 11:28PM
What type of camera is being used here? I love that sort of foggy, over-exposed look that these pictures have.

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Post image for Outside Lands 2011: Greetings from San Francisco!

After a long day of traveling I have arrived in San Francisco for Outside Lands 2011! I am staying downtown and I must say when I took the subway from the airport and got off at Powell street, the famous spot where the cable cars turn around, so many memories came rushing back from when I lived here.  I can’t wait to get over to Haight Ashbury and Golden Gate Park! Read more »

Beth -Aug 12, 2011, 6:11PM
San Francisco is my favourite city! I used to spend a lot of time out there and I miss it so much! I love Haight street. The atmosphere is so chill and the poeple are fun. Down in Outer Richmond is this great hiking spot called Lands End. I spent a month in San Francisco and I hiked and painted in Lands End almost everyday. It was so peaceful and beautiful and I really found myself there.
sassy -Aug 12, 2011, 4:55PM
Amazing photos!!! Have so much fun and I can't wait to see more posts about Outside Lands!!

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Post image for Thursday Poll: Cup of Tea Accessories

It’s no secret that Free People has some of the best jewelry around. Unique, ethnic-inspired pieces are aplenty on our website. I love the small curated collection of jewelry, Cup of Tea, that is live on the website now, but as usual with Free People jewelry, I’m a bit overwhelmed by the amazing options, and cannot chose one. What do you all think?

The Amalfi Coast Pendant

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-Aug 15, 2011, 4:09AM
gotta be honest - I love to check out fp blogs but am disappointed to see the mark up on the jewelry . I personally own one of the saldana rings and know they can be purchased on ebay for as little as $30. I understand mark up but this just seems a bit extreme.
Sara -Aug 12, 2011, 12:51PM
agreed... very cheap looking but they cost so much

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Tons of good fashion inspiration around the office today! From killer gladiator-style shorts to kooky sweaters and pretty prairie dresses I was deeply impressed. What’s your favorite look from the Free People team was wearing today?

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Audrey -Aug 12, 2011, 11:30PM
That Skirt (the one with the studs) is amazing! http://TBIOL.Blogspot.com
Nerd Girl -Aug 12, 2011, 1:35PM
Ooh, I love all these looks! What a fun staff you guys are :-)

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Behind the scenes of our August catalog shoot in Venice with Guy Aroch and models Marloes Horst and Darla Baker. Photos by Thomas Northcut.

Did you guys see that we’re selling the Italian masks now? They’re amazing – go see them in our accessories shop.

View the August Catalog.

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LOVE THE MASKS.

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Post image for Trendspotting: Colored Suede Shoes

I’ve always been a little scared to be adventurous with shoes; I’m a plain Jane kind of girl when it comes to that department, usually sticking to black or brown, flats or boots.
however this Fall the trend on everyone’s minds is jeweled colored suede shoes in rich tones — emerald green, smokey grey, rust, and cherry red.

It’s a trend that ran wild off the runway with the likes of marni, prada and miu miu all casting a rainbow of delight below the ankle. we love the idea of mixing them with prints or even brightening up you basic day look.

Would you wear a pair of colored heels or wedges?

images from fashionising and polka dot street blog

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maurie and eve platform, Archduchess platform, sgt pepper ankle boot

BohoQueen -Aug 11, 2011, 6:03PM
I love heels, but I'm so tall (5'8), and I always feel awkward in heels! ;) The second picture from the bottom is so pretty! Love the towering heels with the tights and long skirt! xoxo
martha -Aug 11, 2011, 2:18PM
as if suede shoes weren't cool enough already!! :)

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Post image for Home Decor Inspiration: Simplify

I am one of those people who never throws things away, I always find some sort of sentimental reason to keep them around. But lately my place has been feeling really cluttered and I find myself craving simplicity… bare wood floors and clean walls, crisp white sheets and minimal clutter. Read more »

TinfenaStudio -Oct 03, 2011, 11:24AM
The idea of simplicity goes hand in hand with the concept of recycling. Pass it on, donate, yard sale, give it away and make someone else happy... don't you agree?
Beth -Aug 11, 2011, 10:33PM
Love simplicity and minimalism! It is just so fresh and very clean looking. And I love the husky pup!

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Post image for Wednes-DIY: Feather Hair Clips

There’s no question, we love the feather hair clip trend.  It’s a great way to add a unique touch to a simple outfit and they are perfect accessories for summer festivals (like Outside Lands this weekend!).  Read more »

ashley -Nov 04, 2011, 2:28AM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hair-Feathers/186790544701689 Like the others said if you don't wanna do it yourself I make and sell hair feather alot like this, check out my page. they are all super cheap from 5-10 bucks. thanks (:
Ronda -Sep 01, 2011, 5:17PM
Feathers are still a big hit for the fall trends 2011. Especially peacock feathers. Whether it be bleached, dyed or at the original state. If you'd like to get the look at a more affordable price visit http://www.facebook.com/featherjewelry I make them all myself:-)

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Post image for Festival Fashion for Outside Lands from our Norcal Stores

Yesterday I showed you some festival styling ideas that I’m thinking about rocking at Outside Lands 2011, and today it’s time for the ladies who work for our Norcal stores who I’m attending the festival with! Read more »

-Aug 12, 2011, 11:36AM
MORE FP SAN FRANCISCO STYLE! WE LOVE IT
Sepi -Aug 12, 2011, 12:52AM
So lucky to be able to work with these lovely ladies! You guys look amazing!!

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Post image for Happy Birthday Vintage Loves!

I can’t believe it has already been a year since we launched our Vintage Loves line! But what a year it has been…here’s a look back at some Vintage Loves highlights from its first year at Free People, culminating in a very special birthday celebration :)

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And believe me when I say… you ain’t seen nothin’ yet…we have some new vintage items coming in for holiday that will completely blow your mind – I promise!

visit our vintage loves shop.

Emogen -Aug 11, 2011, 9:31AM
great cake! I really do.
nanzuka -Aug 10, 2011, 3:05AM
Aww I love how the cake looks. I bet it tasted great too!

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Post image for Foster the People and The Decemberists chat about Outside Lands 2011

Last week I had the opportunity to take part in a press conference with Mark Foster of the band Foster the People and Nate Query of the Decemberists.  It was great chatting with these guys and hearing what they’re looking forward to this weekend! Read more »

charlotte -Sep 08, 2011, 2:59PM
love Foster the People! check out the music video they made for Helena Beat http://www.vevo.com/watch/foster-the-people/helena-beat/USSM21100904
-Aug 25, 2011, 3:21PM
Zahara - The Tony Castles tune isn't out yet...will be on their album released later this year. I have a copy of the song unmastered so it's not even finished yet!!!

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Post image for Festival Fashion for Outside Lands 2011

I am so excited for Outside Lands in San Francisco this weekend!

Festival fashion at Outside Lands differs a little bit from the other summer festivals because of its location. Read more »

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TURBO RACING LEAGUE HACK -Mar 13, 2014, 3:53PM
Exclusively at Target: 42 Blu-ray Combo Pack with exclusive bonus content and box art. The 27-car race lineup will include IZOD Indy - Car Series points leader Will Power and runner-up Helio Castroneves, representing Team Penske, last-year's Kansas winner; Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who has 21 IRL wins in his eight seasons of Indy racing, including championship seasons in 2003 and 2008; Ryan Hunter-Reay, currently third in the points standings, and female favorite Danica Patrick, both driving under the Andretti Autosport banner, and Dan Wheldon of Panther Racing. A full complement of IRL circuit open-wheel drivers and teams is expected to be on the starting grid for Saturday's 1 p.

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