Just Back From Venice: Milla Jovovich
OCCUPATION Actor, singer
HOME BASE Los Angeles
ROLE MODEL Jovovich was in Venice recently as host of Cinema Against AIDS, a benefit sponsored by the American Foundation for AIDS Research. "We raised more than $500,000. It's the best thing I've ever done."
ON THE WATERFRONT "When I'm in Venice, I think of Don't Look Now with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. I love the city's old-world simplicity. It's not an out-all-night place like Paris. After dark, it's just beautiful, romantic, calm."
BETWEEN THE SHEETS "My room at the Hotel Bauer [San Marco 1459; 39-041/520-7022; doubles from $490] had twin beds pushed together—very European—and every night I ended up sliding down between them!"
CIP'S AHOY Jovovich says Cip's (Giudecca 10; 39-041/240-8575; dinner for two $150) at the Hotel Cipriani is her favorite restaurant. "The linguine with clams, and the liver and onions were insanely good. When I'm in Europe, I love to pig out."
—James Patrick Herman
For travelers in search of classic Venetian elegance in San Marco, the city’s epicenter of dining and shopping, Bauers L’Hotel has been the top choice since 1890. Here, well-heeled Venetians sip Bellinis in the hotel’s grand vaulted bars, book appointments for massages and facials at the hotel’s award-winning Palladio Spa, and stop in for a late-night drink at the hotel’s wildly popular BBar. This historic 109-room hotel received several renovations over the decades, including the restoration of the Gothic-Byzantine exteriors on the property’s canal side and the hotel’s Art Deco interiors. For lunch or dinner, reserve a table at De Pesis Restaurant for chef Ciresa’s fusion menu (be sure to order the amberjack tartare with seared eggplant) served with views of the recently restored 17th-century Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute basilica. This elegant escape is also just a two-minute walk to luxury shopping boutiques, top restaurants, and the great open expanse of historic St. Mark’s Square.