Size Chart
Italy 35 35.5 36 36.5 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42
UK 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9
US 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12
France 36 36.5 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43
Australia 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10


Where to Dine during Venice Film Festival

Where to Dine during Venice Film Festival

People flock to Venice for the art shows, exhibits, and the romantic sights. Every corner and alleyway leads to quiet canals and beautiful structures to marvel at. Now that you’ve slipped on your favorite flats (can be a link to flats in the site) and would like to wander about, here are our must-see films for this year’s Venice Film Festival and our favorite restaurants to dine in afterwards.


Venice Film Festival

Expect daring new releases by well-known auteurs like Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! and the Ro- darte sisters’ film, Woodshock. George Clooney’s back behind the camera and he’s showcasing a film in this year’s festival entitled Suburbicon. The movie will star Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, and Josh Brolin.

Venice Film Festival

For fans of superhero movies, a Norwegian film will debut this year called Thelma. It’s a superhero movie with a Norwegian twist — a dark horror that just so happens to be a superhero movie. Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water is another film that moviegoers will look forward to for this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Now that you’ve had your fill of films and have worked up an appetite, head straight to these well-beloved institutions to cap off your day.

 Al Covo

When in Venice, head straight to Castello and get lost in the quiet alleyways. Then dine in Al Covo and experience Venetian charm like no other. Nestled in a quiet part of town, this quaint ristorante is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Owned by an American, Diane, and a local, Cesare, the couple takes turns in the kitchen to help churn out delicious food no matter the season. Almost everything in the menu is perfect. When available, order the squid, which is always outstanding and the ravioli, which is always done to perfection. Cap off the meal with rich Texan desserts like the chocolate cake that Diane is famous for.


Ristorante Glam

For a first class dining experience, head to GLAM, a restaurant by renowned chef Enrico Bartolini. This is Venetian food done extremely well, with remarkable service to boot. Making use of local Venetian flavors and ingredients but with a global twist. There’s a reason why chef Enrico Bartolini is expecting another Michelin star after opening Glam: it’s that good. GLAM is nestled in the newly opened hotel, Palazzo Venart, located in the Santa Croce neighborhood.


Trattoria Alla Madonna

Hard to miss, Trattoria Alla Madonna is nestled in a touristy area near the Rialto Bridge. For this reason, more tourists than locals frequent the place. However, the food speaks for itself and a lot of food writers are singing praises for this spacious restaurant that serves simple but well done food. Enjoy classic seafood risotto, fresh peas in olive oil, and branzino. Don’t forget to order a glass (or two) of Veneto wine.


Ca D’Oro Alla Vedova

For an authentic Venetian lunch or dinner, save Ca D’Oro alla Vedova for last — or go here first so you can go back again to try their other dishes. The restaurant itself is located in a small alleyway in the Cannaregio district, which is typical of Venetian restaurants that serve really good food — small establishments that belie their exceptional wares inside. Expect simple, homemade meals that are as comforting as they are memorable. Their meatballs are legendary and the tiramisu is one for the books. After all, this restaurant has been in business since the 19th century. They have perfected and refined their food to the point that people go back here again and again despite the not so stellar service.

Main photo by KimManleyOrt. Venice film photo and posters courtesy of Venice Film Festival, Aronofsky Films, A24, and Suburbicon Movie. Al covo images by Ras, and Ristorante Al Covo. Ristorante Glam images by Palazzovenart. Trattoria Alla Madonna images by Ristorante alla Madonna. Ca D’Oro Alla Vedova images by Giud, and Chiediloalladani.

Buon Ferragosto from Perla Formentini!

Buon Ferragosto from Perla Formentini!


Ciao! Ferragosto is an Italian tradition that everyone looks forward to. A holiday mood is in the air and everyone’s looking forward to prosecco and sumptuous food to dine on: salads, gelato, fresh seafood, grilled meats and lots of fresh fruits. Parties used to be a big thing for those who celebrate Ferragosto but nowadays, people look forward to delicious food, and a languorous day spent with family and friends.

Celebrated annually on the 15th of August, Ferragosto is thought of as the height of Italian summer. Not an exaggeration: all the locals leave the cities and spend the holiday relaxing on beaches — or on Italy’s famous lakes.


A bit of history: Ferragosto is a holiday that goes back to the times of the Roman emperor Augustus. It’s a national holiday that has strong roots in Italian culture. It is a period celebrating the time of rest after intense agricultural labor. Nowadays, the spirit of fun and relaxation is pretty much still alive and well in the hearts of locals and tourists who experience Ferragosto first hand.

Expect locals to board up all establishments as they all head up to the coast. If you’re heading to Italy or are in Italy during Ferragosto, it’s one of the best times to experience the local culture as everyone’s in a fun, relaxed mood. Enjoy the company of locals and make as many friends as you can!


Since Ferragosto is a time of celebration and relaxation, switch to casual chic looks that you can wear and forget about.  

Andriena is the city sleek style that will get you to the beach and back to the city. Teatro is your summer style savior. Crafted with supple Italian leather and adorned with wispy feathers.


Stella heels have that fun, summer festival style. The low block heel makes them perfect for long summer days. Mona sandals work far beyond the confines of a beach vacation. 

Wishing you all a fun and relaxing Ferragosto!

Travel images from Pixabay, outfit images from Polyvore

Leather Treasures: Luxe Italian Leather Shoes to Love

Leather Treasures: Luxe Italian Leather Shoes to Love

Italian leather is synonymous to quality and style. Like all other things, Italian shoemaking had humble beginnings. It all starts in a village, with a craftsman working with readily-available materials and creating footwear for his family. As word spread, the craftsman would then cater to the rest of the community, crafting especially-made shoes depending on one’s occupation. Materials were usually animal skins (in cold areas) and vegetation. Later on, leather tanning entered the scene. Since one man often created all the shoes for one village, he developed a great mastery in the field.

Italian leather stands out because it is a thing of beauty: soft, supple, and richly hued. Historically, Italian artisans get raw materials from the best suppliers of the region. This tradition of locally sourcing products and crafting genuinely Italian-made shoes is still implemented until today. Marrying traditional craftsmanship with technology translates to genuine Italian leather shoes that has all the elements of a traditionally-crafted piece with better value.

At Perla Formentini, our leather styles are our treasures: supple, thoughtfully-handcrafted, and always a pleasure to wear. Here are our most loved styles:


City slick with a dash of drama


Elevated take on a classic oxford silhouette


Laid back and cool, the stacked heel adds a touch of urban cool to any outfit


Unabashedly feminine silhouette with tough hardware details


Take strong strides in studded leather sandals