Venice is a city of infinite beauty, and part of its magic lies in its impossibility — how on Earth can this floating Italian city even exist in the first place? Nestled in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers, Venice was first inhabited in approximately 1,000 B.C. by the Veneti people.
Fast forward to 2013 and the city and its lagoon are listed as a World Heritage Site. A must-see destination for everyone, in my opinion, should I ever return to this incredible city some day, I think I just discovered the hotel where I would give just about anything to rest my head at night. It’s called the Palazzo Papadopoli, and the following is an excerpt from Yatzer‘s awesome profile of this stunning building: “I feel like I have stepped back in time as I enter the Palazzo’s ballroom, all gilded in mirrors, more frescoes and shiny chandeliers — I close my eyes and try to imagine the grand occasions, intrigues and games that must have unravelled on many a night in here centuries ago. Right next to it the two dining rooms with sweeping views over the Canal feature stunning Tiepolo painted ceilings. The brothers’ impeccable taste is evident, they also very much knew what they wanted: along with the Palazzo they also bought two adjacent buildings which they demolished in order to build a garden, a lush oasis of green ideal for relaxation — very unusual in Venice. Today, some of the 24 rooms look over those very gardens — as does the Spa — but most of them (another unusual feature) look over the actual Grand Canal. Comfortable and spacious, each room is different with its own distinctive features: high ceilings, frescoes, wood panelling and fireplaces; all add that special touch that makes you think that this could actually be a home and not a hotel.”