Siren’s Call

For W’s glamorous globe-trotter, Giovanna Battaglia, it’s a fab, fab world.

Giovanna Battaglia Italy

“One of the stops on my month-long sailing trip through Greece and Italy was the island of Stromboli. I wanted to wakeboard, but the water was full of jellyfish. Luckily, we had special sting-proof wet suits. I felt like a Bond girl in mine. It was so comfortable and cool, I was reluctant to take it off afterward.”


“To entertain myself on the 45-hour crossing from Greece to Italy, I made a face out of my jewelry. The colorful earrings from Mykonos were the perfect hair.”


“I am happiest when I’m in the sea—or eating anything that comes out of it! In Greece, my boyfriend, Oscar, and I swam out to and then climbed a craggy mini-island off Patmos. Then, in Nerano, Italy, at the restaurant Lo Scoglio, I devoured freshly caught sea urchin , the ultimate indulgence. It was my idea of heaven.”


“Canfora is the place to get sandals in Capri. The salesperson even matched the color of the bags to my shoes!”


“Noor Fares and Eugenie Niarchos look like they’re in a movie on the steamboat at Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo’s wedding, in Lake Maggiore.”


“Margherita Missoni and I were the only guests in veils.”


“I spotted this wreath in a store in Santorini. It’s made of real olive branches plated in gold. Unfortunately, it’s not a headpiece— I was dying to wear it!”


“After lunch aboard Moncler CEO Remo Ruffini’s boat in Mykonos, we tried to do a ‘drone’ group shot. It was too windy, so the ship’s captain snapped it instead.”


“While hiking in Panarea, I came across this sign near a gate. It reads, leave closed for the donkeys, thank you! in Italian, so passersby don’t let them escape. I thought it was so well painted and charming.”