There are few more prestigious settings in the whole of Venice, almost nowhere more splendid, and only a couple of palaces with a more illustrious past. Built in 1525, Gritti Palace was the regal residence of Doge Andrea Gritti and he was obviously a man who saw the value of an incomparable location.
Make Gritti Palace part of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Italy and you’ll be enjoying in an imposing palazzo on the banks of the Grand Canal. You’ll be overlooking Santa Maria della Salute, and staying within a leisurely stroll of Piazza San Marco and the major sights of Venice. You’ll also have privileged access to the Venice Lido. You’ll be able to dine in some splendour at Club del Doge and drink elegant cocktails in Bar Longhi.
Stay: 3 nights at Gritti Palace in a classic room (£1350pp)
The Hotel Cipriani is an inspired place to stay. It is the perfect place – the Royal Box if you will – from which to view the magnificently theatrical city of Venice. It commands unrivalled views of the Venetian lagoon and of the Doge’s Palace. It stands in splendour on the very tip of Giudecca Island. It is just minutes, by stately private launch, from the Piazza San Marco.
It is also a destination in its own right. You can expect an exquisite interior featuring finely chosen local artefacts and a style of décor that reflects the iconic stature of the hotel. You will also be treated to fine dining. Even within the city of Venice the hotel has a reputation for classic Italian cuisine, with a purely contemporary energy.
Stay: 3 nights at Cipriani Hotel in a garden view room (£1852pp)