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 Hotelier Expert
A habitable work of art on the Grand Canal
By Tonia Vassilopoulou

Aman Venice is one of the city’s most illustrious residences. Built on water, it is surrounded by vaporetti, gondolas and gracious buildings between 200 and 700 years old. Most of the guests are high society members or Hollywood stars – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Andrea Bocelli, Lana del Rey, Bono and Cindy Crawford, to name a few.
Aman Venice is housed in Palazzo Papadopoli, which was built in 1550 by the architect Gian Giacomo dé Grigi. Upon their arrival, guests are lead to the palatial Reception Hall, adorned with Gothic-style iron chandeliers hanging from the soaring ceilings, historic frescos, and sculptures that create an ambiance more reflective of a royal residence than a hotel. The astonishing grand staircase, with trompe l’oeil murals, leads to the elegant piano nobile, designed by Michelangelo Guggenheim, a leading exponent of the Neo-Renaissance and Rococo styles in the mid-to-late 1800s. From the main hall there is direct access to the Canal Garden, one of the few private gardens on the canal.
As Arthur Symons has said, “A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.” Would you miss the chance to be part of this change?