A Weekend in

Venice

Words by Francesca Simpson
Travel tips by Cabana Editors
Images from Mark Luscombe-Whyte , Antonio Monfreda and Giorgio Horn
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Venice, photographed by Antonio Monfreda and Giorgio Horn for Cabana Issue 14. 

A city of pleasures and historic treasures, Venice is a must-visit and one of Cabana's all-time favorite destinations. Francesca Simpson shares Cabana's insider's guide to 'La Serenissima'.
 
“Venice, it's temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven," wrote the 18th century poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Now, as then, one cannot help but be enchanted when arriving in Venice for the first time. 'La Serenissima' is a city of pleasures, where one can be delightfully led astray exploring its labyrinthine streets, uncovering secluded secrets within its' sestiere (districts), or delving into its' myriad historic treasures.
 
Here, our insider’s guide with tips from the editors of Cabana will take you to the places you might otherwise miss, and in doing so reveal the city’s myriad eclectic charms. Below you'll find addresses that will sate an appetite for food, art, stylish stays and the artisans and craftsmanship the city is famed for.

 

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Venice, photographed by Antonio Monfreda and Giorgio Horn for Cabana Issue 14. 

Where to stay:
 
The St. Regis Venice has been defined by the city’s artistic and cultural legacy for over a century and a half. Beloved by Monet, its position is breathtaking, offering views across the Grand Canal and situated within minutes of Piazza San Marco. Stylishly landscaped gardens offer the perfect setting for an aperitivo to relax and reflect on the day’s discoveries in an elegant, cosmopolitan setting.

 

There's nothing quite like the ‘lobby’ at Hotel Danieli, a storied hotel comprising three palaces: the original Palazzo Dandolo, dating back to the 14th century; Palazzo Casa Nuova (formerly the city’s treasury) and Palazzo Danieli Excelsior, beautifully redesigned by Jacques Garcia. Beloved by writers and artists, the Danieli is truly a hotel like no other. For the ultimate room with a view, go for one of the Jacques Garcia-designed rooms overlooking the Grand Canal.
 
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Venice, photographed by Antonio Monfreda and Giorgio Horn for Cabana Issue 14. 

Where to Eat:

 

Venice's culinary scene truly offers something for everyone and every occasion, be that celebrated dishes at enduring classics, or via aperitivo and quick bites of traditional ‘cicchetti’ at wine bars dotted around the Rialto market. Here are Cabana's key recommendations:
 
Harry’s Bar;
Caffe Florian;
Locanda Cipriani Torcello;
Ristorante da Ivo;
Ristorante Al Covo;
Acuigheta.

 

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Venice, photographed by Antonia Monfreda and Giorgio Horn for Cabana Issue 14. 

Where to Shop  
 
Venice is home to unparalleled craftsmanship and artistry, steeped in tradition. The modern day fruits of artisinal labor can be found in the myriad ateliers and workshops scattered throughout the city. For a slightly elevated fix of Venetian retail therapy, try the following Cabana favorites:
 
For traditional Venetian slippers, or ‘Friulane’ - Piedaterre;
For beautiful textiles – Chiarastella Cattana;
For stunning glass - Laguna B & Nason Moretti;
For Mirrors - Specchi Convessi di Canestrelli.

 

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Venice, photographed by Mark Luscombe-Whyte for Cabana Issue 17.

Art & Culture

 

Venice offers unparalleled access to world class art and music. From Byzantine mosaics and Renaissance Old Master paintings, through to modern art and craftsmanship, the city has an extraordinary treasure trove of works. Sit in Scuola Grande di San Rocco and gaze in wonder at Tintorettos, or enjoy a truly atmospheric evening of music. Other recommendations include:
 
Santa Maria della Salute;
Galleria Giorgio Franchetti Alla C’a d’Oro;
Peggy Guggenheim Collection;
Isola di Burano;
Museo Fortuny.

 

 

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