An Afternoon in Venice

Santa Maria Del Salute is one of the most enduring sights of Venice

Santa Maria Del Salute and Grand Canal are amongst the most enduring sights of Venice

Venice is one of those dreamy cities, which from the moment of showing its broken edges from a bird’s eye view on an airplane, is ready to captivate your mind. Thereon, a moment in a Vaporetto, an Italian water taxi, to gradually approach the city by sea. The panorama of the city becomes clearer, landmarks emerge which look familiar as you would have already seen them before in postcards, travel catalogues, films. Basilica on the Piazza San Marco. Santa Maria Della Salute. Rialto Bridge. The timeless remnants of the mighty trades capital of Venice, serving a very different purpose today than they did in history, but still, they continue to draw on people without fail with their mystic atmosphere and history.

After our stay  in the Italian Dolomites, we decided to spend an afternoon in Venice before our flight back to London. Early July Venice is as expected hot as an oven and crowded with tourists. A short stroll through the city took us to Hotel Gritti Palace – a luxury hotel beyond imagination by the Grand Canal where the likes of Hollywood Royalty have stayed. The hotel is also home to an outstanding restaurant Club Del Doge which offers an ultimate Venetian experience with stunning views, delicious Italian cooking, courteous service and sunshine. We enjoyed hours in the wonderful sun decking of this restaurant, eating a magnificent 3-course lunch, sipping Prosecco and admiring gondolas passing by. Needless to say, it took a lot of convincing to return to the Vaporetto stop and travel back to our flight to London.

Despite its otherworldly atmosphere, it is easy to see why many tourists  find Venice overwhelming, particularly in the summer time. Tourist crowds, difficult to find good restaurants, steep prices and queues. That’s why I think Venice is best seen either in the winter, when it’s much more quiet, or with an attitude to just enjoy the slow hum of the city from somewhere atmospheric and quiet. Club Del Doge is one of the best places to do this.

Beautiful sun decking at Club del Doge restaurant in Venice was an otherworldly retreat to enjoy a perfect Venetian experience

Beautiful sun decking at Club del Doge restaurant in Venice was an otherworldly retreat to enjoy a perfect Venetian experience

Enjoying 3 course lunch and admiring gondolas passing by - perhaps a cliché of Venice but it's a cliché that you want to live through

Enjoying 3 course lunch and admiring gondolas passing by – perhaps a cliché of Venice but it’s a cliché that you want to live through

Delicious seafood starters at Club Del Doge

Delicious seafood starters at Club Del Doge

Italian cooking at its best

Italian cooking at its best

Hotel Gritti Palace by Grand Canal is one of the finest hotels in Venice

Hotel Gritti Palace by Grand Canal is one of the finest hotels in Venice

One of the most classic views of Venice - narrow canals with gondolas passing by

One of the most classic views of Venice – narrow canals with gondolas passing by

Piazza San Marco is a must see in Venice but once you've seen it, best to escape somewhere more quiet and alluring

Piazza San Marco is a must see in Venice but once you’ve seen it, best to escape somewhere more quiet and alluring

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Water taxi taking guests from airport to the city

Water taxi taking guests from airport to the city – and back again, to return to their normal, everyday lives.

Contacts:

Hotel Gritti Palace

Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, 2467 Venice, Italy
Tel: +39 041 794611

Club Del Doge

Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, 2467 Venice, Italy
Tel: +39 041 794 611
E-mail: restaurantclubdeldoge@starwoodhotels.com

(c) Nordic Odyssey, 2013. All Rights Reserved.

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5 responses to “An Afternoon in Venice

    • Haha, sorry about that! So you are living in London? Luckily there are some excellent Italian restaurants there too. Have you tried Locanda Locatelli? Thanks for your comment.

  1. Wow what wonderful pics Kristiina, looks (and sounds) like an amazing trip! I know what you mean about the crowds in summer, but it’s srill so worth it no? Adore Venice, would sooo love to get back there one day.

    • Thanks a lot, Elly! That’s the thing about beautiful places, I’d love to keep them all to myself! Of course Venice is still adorable despite the crowds in the summer. If I have a chance to go back one day though, I would choose the winter time when it’s still sunny but crisp and less crowded.

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