Venice has always been considered a magical and romantic place. The city brings lots of emotions, especially when you travel there with your beloved one. But, if you truly want to explore Venice, you need to visit its hidden gems, and Vogue Paris has created the perfect guide for you to enjoy yourselves. With must-see addresses and hidden treasures, you will have the perfect time in Venice if you follow Vogue Paris’s guide.
Glide into this hotel via a pontoon moored in the Grand Canal, which leads directly into the reception hall of the hotel. Despite its rows of opulent rooms, a subtle intimacy pervades the Aman Venice. Whether it’s dinner for two in the former ballroom, adorned with mirrors and frescoes (three of which are Tiepolos), savouring a moment of calm in the library, relaxing in one of the 24 rooms and suites with Canal or garden views, the ambiance of this space housed in the Palazzo Papadoli is nothing less than exclusive and lavish.
Since this little corner of the Cannaregio neighborhood became a hotspot for Venice tours, the Osteria Anice Stellato is always full to the brim. The talk of the town, it draws in fish lovers in search of local cuisine. On the hunt for spaghetti with clams or squid ink? Take a seat.
The ideal space for large-scale exhibitions, the awe-inspiring Palazzo Grassi is preparing to host magnificent projects from high-caliber artists like British Damien Hirst, who this year has taken over the entire space – as well as Punta della Dogana, the Pinault Collection’s other Venetian exhibition space – to exhibit his most ambitious and baroque work to date (above, is Demon with Bowl/Exhibition Enlargement.) Four hundred pieces and almost 10 years of work weave a luxuriant tale around the imaginary treasure washed ashore by an old vessel. Exuberant and extraordinary.
Venice boasts plenty of palace hotels, but the one to visit is the Gritti. Enter the bar bar and sit down with all the pomp and circumstance you can muster, for this is the place to savour an expertly-mixed cocktail, enjoy the Grand Canal terrace, watch the light play off the carved mirrors, and relive La Serenissima’s golden era through Peitro Longhi’s 18th-century sketches, the local master from whom the bar takes its name. A delightful spot to enjoy an evening drink with friends, or, even better, cocktails for two.
Lovers of comfy seats, it’s time to get up. At Schiavi, everyone stands, be it at the counter, outside or along the canal. From artists, to retirees and tourists, this familial wine bar brings everybody together. Don’t miss the cichetti, local tapas with achovies/caramelized onions, smoked herring/green pepper or smoked tuna/turassco. Get there quick for a taste of the last one.
See the best glasswork the island of Murano has to offer in Napé, a tiny gallery run by Filippo Gambardella, one of the city’s best-known specialists of vintage glass. Tucked away between l’Accademia and the Guggenheim Museum, it’s your best bet for rare pieces from the 1940s-1980s by masters of the art form like Paolo Venini, Gianni Seguso, Luciano Gaspari and Barovier & Toso.
A lesson in how to condense the essentials of the art world into a pocket handkerchief-sized shop, this tiny, intimate space looks more like a cabinet of curiosities than an art gallery. Erudite and refined, Giorgio Mastinu puts his very personal finds in his two shop windows, ranging from drawing to photography. Dive in, for the Ghirri or Munari you didnt know you needed.
Opposite the Grand Canal, near St Mark’s Basilica, three historical palaces, one of which dates back to the 14th Century, are linked by suspended bridges. They are one of the city’s timeless musts, with Murano glass chandeliers, marble columns, dizzyingly high ceilings and antique furniture that transports guests back into the city’s rich and powerful past. Though the rooms do not look over the Grand Canal and San Giorgio Island, you can still enjoy the view from a table on the hotel’s breathtaking roof-top terrace.
Since 1792, it’s been one of the best-known lyrical theatres in the world. After it was badly damaged by fire in 1996, it was re-built com’era e dov’era (‘just as it was’), as a neo-classical theater across five floors, dominated by a magnificent ceiling that it worth the visit alone. A promising production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly is on the program for 2018.
It’s hard to resist the appeal of this terrace, which overlooks the Grand Canal and is right next to the Rialto market. Safeguarding tradition, the team has kept the name of what was once the warehouse in which citrus fruits from the Mediterranean Sea were stocked. On the menu expect hand-picked wines and dishes putting the region’s organic vegetables in the limelight.
Based in Fiesso d’Artico, just outside Venice, Rene Caovilla’s jewels of shoes have been on all the right feet – and all the right red carpets – for the past 80 years. The house specialty is the kind of luxury ornamentation that references the Venetian aesthetic of centuries gone by, with beading, pearls, jewels, Byzantine-inspired mosaics and embellishment of the masquerade variety. There are a dozen stores around the world, but the one to visit is at Piazza San Marco.
There are several Harry’s Bars around the world, but the Venice location is the original, founded by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1931. Since then, this chic bar has been popular amongst tourists, who come here to sip on one of the world-famous Bellinis, a cocktail born within its walls. But Venetians also gather here, standing out from the crowd for one small detail: they never go upstairs.