Venice

Take the silk route through Venice

The Rubelli family are among the Italian city's oldest silk merchants. Visit their Renaissance palazzo and indulge in the finest printed fabrics.

The London Palladios

Rome, Venice... Chiswick: as Andrea Palladio's architectural legacy is celebrated at the Royal Academy of Arts this year, Philippa Stockley admits to a love for the well-proportioned elegance of Palladian buildings