Venice is one of my favourite places in the world. My love for that city, if you can call it that, began when my parents first took me there as a seven year old. Like millions of people before and since, I was captivated by her stunning architecture, her mystery, her elegance, but most of all her art.
Fortuitously one of the manuscripts central to my doctorate research was housed in the Biblioteca Maricana, opposite the Dodges Palace in St Mark’s Square. For two weeks I spent my days in the Director’s Office (the manuscript being too precious to be read in the public reading room). When I glanced up from my work I would look directly over to SS. Giorgio Maggiore. As a post-graduate student on a scholarship even the local youth hostel was out of my budget, so stayed at covent. There was a strict curfew at 9pm, about 100 narrow metal beds were crammed a hall. The nuns would turn off the lights by 9:30pm having recited nightly prayers in Latin. A Renaissance altarpiece depicting a most penitent St Magdalen looked down upon us all. Having been brought up an atheist, I was intrigued by the nightly sermons and rituals. It just added to the other worldliness of Venice.
My husband has never been to Venice and I have promised to take him one day. When I do it is the Aman Grand Canal where I’d love to stay. It seamlessly combines the grandeur of a 16th century Venetian palazzo complete with elaborate Murano chandeliers, wood panelling and frescoes by Tiepolo with modern sleek design for which the AmanResorts is renown. The refurbishment is the work of Jean Michel Gathy of Denniston Architects.
Take a look, what do you think?
Do you have a favourite place in Venice?
All pictures Aman Grand Canal