How can we resist Venice? A city with a striking light where time seems to have no hold. Aboard a gondole, and sail up the lagoon to discover art foundations hidden in palazzi, small typical bistros and hotels with views. So take a break, enjoy the cuddly temperatures of autumn, and take a look at these 8 good addresses to discover in Venice over the course of a weekend.
Putting down your luggage at the Palazzo Cristo
Occupied for more than 70 years by a priest, Palazzo Cristo has now transformed into a home to a trio of superb suites. The venue is nestled in a 16th century building, decorated by the talented Anna Covre and Frédéric Tubau. Accompanied with vivid paintings by the famous Canaletto and Francesco Guardi. With only three suites — one of which opens onto a fabulous small courtyard — the place is seductive, both thanks to its bright décor and its strategic location with ten minutes from San Marco Square. The cherry on top? The possibility of purchasing the services of a private chef. Did anybody say penne all’arrabbiata?
Or at the Palazzo Experimental
Within the walls of a 600-year-old palazzo, this new hotel run by the Experimental Group has just opened its doors. Located at the Grand Canal, the decoration was designed by Dorothee Meilichzon, who reinterprets the city’s classic codes with great modernity. Terrazzo, Marmorino walls, lacquered wood, marble… The rooms have gigantic ceiling heights, the restaurant serves fresh pasta, the bar reinvents Negroni in a very outstanding way, the rooftop offers a breathtaking view… What more could you ask for right?
Taste a gianduiotto at Gelateria Nico
Both an ice-cream parlour and a coffee shop, Gelateria Nico is just a stone’s throw from the Academy Bridge in Venice. On the banks of the Giudecca Canal, it is absolutely necessary to taste their gianduiotto. Gianduiotto is a house specialty which consists of whipped cream and an ice cream bar. Yu-ah-mmy!
Visit the Prada Foundation
In the heart of a fantastic 18th century palace overlooking the Grand Canal, the Prada Foundation is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Jannis Kounellis this autumn. One of the first major retrospective dedicated to the artist since his death in 2017. 60 of his work are on display, ranging from poetic installations to the diversion of everyday objects.
Eat cicchetti at Vino Vero
Cicchetti are these crispy little sandwiches — a great speciality of Venice — that the locals bite into during their aperitivo. Vino Vero is a hot food spot for that kind of snacking. The sandwiches are served with good Italian wine and are best enjoyed at the counter. Bon appétit!
Admire Peggy Guggenheim’s art collection
Peggy Guggenheim: The Last Dogaressa is a new exhibition that brings together the most beautiful finds of this outstanding collector, all accumulated after she moved to Venice in 1948. Not to miss is the painting Empire of Light by René Magritte. A truly amazing piece! If you want to expand further there are some rare pieaces by René Brô, Tomonori Toyofuku, Gwyther Irwin and Kenzo Okada.
The exhibition is open from September 21 to January 27.
Have dinner at San Giorgio Café
In a city where the food scene is struggling to renew itself, the arrival of the San Giorgio Cafè should delight many people. The Sicilian chef Filippo La Mantia has just opened the doors to this venue. A venue that is facing the breathtaking lagoon. The menu draws its inspiration from Venetian gastronomy and the recipes are from, yes you guessed it, Sicily. What to order for a full experience? A parma ham and figs salad, pickled peppers, spaghetti with burrata and asparagus, grilled octopus… sitt back and enjoy it in a cleverly refined setting.
Or at the Antiche Carampane
At the top of the list of the best restaurants in Venice, Antiche Carampane is one of the best restaurants for dinner. In a typical Italian trattoria setting, visitors will discover a menu of good taste. The menu combines small fried dishes (a major local specialty), spaghetti alla vongole — prepared according to the rules of the trade — a lobster carpaccio or their specialty, truffle pasta. Can we have it all please?