The magnificent Hotel Cipriani, a dream come true

Hotel Cipriani - Dogaressa suite

A few minutes by gondola from Piazza San Marco on the green island of Giudecca, which was considered a place of joy by Venetians in the eighteenth century, is the legendary Hotel Cipriani, a beautiful mansion in pastel colors.

The origin of this luxury hotel sounds a little like a fairy tale. In 1956, Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar, confided to his most loyal customers he had felt for many years the desire to create a quiet and isolated hotel, away from the crowds but only a few minutes from Piazza San Marco. Among his friends, the three daughters of Count Iveagh at the head of the Guinness family, were enthusiastic about it. And they were even more when Cipriani showed them where he had thought to give rise to the hotel of his dreams: the tip of the Giudecca island. The place was called “The Maids”, because it was an area where, according to tradition, stood the convents where the wealthy Venetian families relegated the firstborn girls to prevent the dispersal of family assets. The adjacent vineyards were called “the orchards of Casanova” because according to the memoirs of the famous amateur, he used to go there at night to seduce the young and involuntary recluses.

Cipriani and the Guinness sisters then founded a company which bought a two hectares property. Two years later, in 1958,  the Hotel Cipriani opened its doors.

After an intervention by the Parisian architect Gérard Gall, who has enriched the interior with Murano glass, Rubelli and Fortuny fabrics, handicrafts made by local artisans and antique mirrors, today the Cipriani, which is part of the chain The Leading Hotels of the World, continues to be the expression of the classic Venetian style.

You can not miss the Palladio Suite, a veritable palace on the majestic Venetian lagoon. A luxurious apartment furnished with antique hand painted furniture, fine Murano glass chandeliers and trompe l’oeil. If you’d rather enjoy the view of Piazza San Marco, you may choose one of the 16 rooms at Palazzo Vendramin.

The hotel also has an Olympic swimming pool, where you can spend unforgettable moments of relax surrounded by beautiful gardens and swim even in winter, because the water has a constant temperature of 28 degrees. With its six hundred square meters, it is one of Europe’s most beautiful, and the only one in the historic center of Venice.

At the Casanova Beauty & Wellness Center you can get pampered with traditional massages and aromatherapy.

To taste the best dishes of traditional Venetian cuisine, accompanied by an impeccable wine list, the Hotel Cipriani cuisine is served in the “Fortuny” restaurant. Do not miss the tasting of Casanova Salso, the collection wine produced by the hotel on the Giudecca island.

A dinner at Cip’s Club, on the beautiful terrace on stilts with the charm of Piazza San Marco in front of you, is an experience to live at least once in a lifetime. In addition, 19 to 23 June, Cipriani offers a spectacular dining experience, aperitif and dinner suspended 50 meters in the sky: Dinner in The Sky.

Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin:

Hotel Cipriani - Palladio suite

Hotel Cipriani - Ristorante

 

Hotel Cipriani - Piscina

 

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