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