Your Palazzo Awaits
Hidden gardens. Carved marble fireplaces. Gilded chandeliers. All neatly encased in a 16th century palazzo located on Venice’s most glamorous, watery avenue, the Grand Canal. It’s the former the Palazzo Papadopoli, and it’s also the new Aman Hotel: Venice. And it’s taking reservations now. Commissioned by the Coccina Family of Bergamo five centuries ago, and designed by architect Gian Giacomo dé Grigi, the palazzo was once the largest private residences on the Grand Canal, and indeed, in all of Venice. Today, it’s got your name all over it.
You’ll arrive by boat. As you’re welcomed into the Reception Hall, you’ll take in the historic frescoes and reliefs, the massive, lofty ceilings, and perhaps you’ll pop over into the resort’s private garden. A rarity in Venice indeed, the garden was built at the beginning of the 19th century, when the Papadopoli brothers bought the two adjoining buildings to the palazzo, and tore them down to add verdant spaces instead. Thanks, brothers.
After touring the garden, you’ll glide up the sweeping staircase to check out the Dining Room, the ballroom, and two more dining areas with views overlooking the Grand Canal and the Garden Terrace, one of the very few private gardens on the Canal. While on this level (the piano nobile), you can also admire the handiwork of Michelangelo Guggenheim, who led the charge of the Neo-Renaissance and Rococo styles. Have a drink at the Bar there, or climb yet another staircase to enjoy the Library or the Salon, also with sparkling views of the Canal. Hop on the elevator for access to the Roof Terrace to take in a quiet sunset, or lounge in the Private Garden for a while, before taking a stroll
onto easily accessible San Polo.
When it’s finally time to adjourn to your room, you’ll settle into one of 24 accommodations, most of which are equipped with living areas, linked dressing areas and bathrooms and unique architectural features. Venice is a magical city indeed, so it may be difficult to find the will to leave such a majestic hotel, but please try to, at least once or twice.