The highly acclaimed The Gritti Palace, the finest luxury hotel in Venice proposed a wide array of activities and tips tailor made for the most discerning travellers. The hotel has a long time partnership with Italian luxury yacht builder, Riva, operating a sleek Riva Lounge outdoor terrace.
The state-of-the-art Riva yacht of the hotel allows guests to have a bespoke tour of the Northern part of the city, in particular, Murano (a visit to a glass manufacturer), Burano (a genuine atelier for manufacturing of lace) and the island of Torcelli where guests can stop by at Locanda Cipriani, for an exceptional lunch. The total duration of the tour is approximately 4 hours, however, the hotel is flexible in booking the boat for different activities.
A private guided tour of the Basilica San Marco or the Doge’s Palace can also be arranged by the Concierges. This would be the ultimate exclusivity for a couple to visit these sites. This will also allow the visit of the ‘off-the-beaten-track’ corners of the two iconic sites.
While at the hotel, the team can also organise on site an exceptional wine tasting as well as private cooking classes. The hotel has a most impressive wine cellar and a very knowledgeable sommelier who can provide expert understanding of specific wines, to understand their provenance and quality.
Since 1949 gastronomy has played an important role in the history of The Gritti Palace. Its culinary school, a legacy since 1975, is no exception. Now a refined version of its iconic self, The Gritti Epicurean School is a warm, country-style kitchen where guests may immerse themselves in Venetian culinary traditions and learn the secrets to preparing perfect risottos, pasta dishes and delectable desserts. The kitchen’s intimate atmosphere also lends itself perfectly for Chef’s Table-style dinners, wine or food tastings, and informal private dinners.
While in town, the Concierges can also arrange a private guided tour to see an artisan who still practices the rare metier of the forcola – a rare craft very specific for Venice. Guests can also experience and understand more about Furlane, the famous typical Venetian shoes – a small boutique and atelier is located near the Rialto Bridge.
Within fast access by boat is the Lido island which is home to the Excelsior – where guests can try their hand at golf with a professional 18-hotel golf course. A large swimming pool also allows for a fantastic relaxing day away from the centre of Venice. Lido Island also has a large natural sandy beach which is very much cherished by locals and visitors. It is at the Excelsior on Lido Island that the famous Venice Film Festival takes place every year.
The main industries of the island are market gardening, fishing, tourism and lace making. Like that in Chioggia but unlike that in Torcello, the local lace is made with a needle. Attractions on the island included the Lido of Ca’ Roman, known for its pine trees and birdlife.
On July 18th, travellers can be mesmerised by the fireworks from the Rendetore Church. Another religious spot not to be missed is the San Giorgio Monastery – a private tour can be arranged by the Concierges of the hotel. Rendetore is a 16th-century Roman Catholic church located on Giudecca Island. It was designed by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and built as a votive church to thank God for the deliverance of the city from a major outbreak of the plague. Located on the waterfront of the Canale della Giudecca, it dominates the skyline of the island of Giudecca. It is a member of the Chorus Association of Venetian churches and contains a number of paintings by artists including Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese and Francesco Bassano
One exceptional tour is at the Palladian Villas on Brenta River – these are of exceptional architecture – a real feast for the eyes. On such a tour, lunch is usually organised in Asolo at Villa Cipriani. The Palladian villas of the Veneto are villas designed by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, all of whose buildings were erected in the Veneto, the mainland region of north-eastern Italy then under the political control of the Venetian Republic. UNESCO inscribed the site on the World Heritage List in 1994. At first the site was called “Vicenza, City of Palladio” and only buildings in the immediate area of Vicenza were included. Various types of buildings were represented in the original site, which included the Teatro Olimpico, some palazzi and a few villas. However, most of Palladio’s surviving villas laid outside the site.
For those on a longer stay, the region of Veneto cannot be missed without a visit to the Prosecco winery – this would be a 90 minute drive journey from the hotel. Prosecco is an Italian white wine produced in a large area spanning nine provinces in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions, and named after the village of Prosecco. Prosecco is almost always made in sparkling or semi-sparkling style, spumante and frizzante, respectively. In 2019, Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene became an UNESCO World Heritage Site, in large part due to the region’s role in the production of Prosecco.
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