A Day in Venice

Nobody knows how to give good travel recommendations better than a local. And when that local is the head of a prestigious third generation luxury hotel group and lives in a 17th century palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice, I pay attention. Monday in the Financial Times’ How to Spend It section, ran the final installment of  The Bauers Hotel Group CEO Francesca Bortolotto Possati’s five day diary tracking her life in the City of Bridges. While each day revealed favorite stops in her home town, the last day in Venice (actually a weekend) outlined special places she took out of town guests visiting from Hong Kong. Since the article was text only, I thought it would be fun to share a few of these coveted locations, with photos and additional information, here. And if you’re planning a trip to Venice, of course any of the four Bauer properties would make an ideal base from which to explore – below the marvelous meditation pool at the secluded Villa F on Giudecca Island facing St. Mark’s Square.

meditation pool at Bauer Hotel Villa F in Venice

Destination number one was the Cantine Ferrari Trento – by helicopter. The oldest and most recognized producer of sparkling wines in Italy since 1902, Ferrari was passed on to the Lunelli family in 1952, which is now in its third generation of shepherding the company into the future with tradition, innovation and Italian style. In addition to the winery, the Lunelli family restored a splendid Renaissance country house, Villa Margon, dating back to the early 16th century. Surrounded by the vineyards at the foothills of the Italian alps, it is here that the company entertains its guests.

Villa Margon owned by Ferrari wines

Ferrari Villa Margon in Trento

Ferrari wines Villa MargonIt was to Locanda Margon, the Ferrari company’s restaurant, that Bortolotto Possati brought her guests, where they enjoyed lunch on the terrace overlooking the beautiful Trentino countryside.

Ferrari locanda margonFerrari locanda margonBack in Venice they visited the Galleria dell’Accademia museum, housing an impressive collection of Venetian art from the 14th – 18th centuries.

Galleria dell’Accademia museumIncluding works of Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and more, it is newly reopened after a dramatic renovation by Venetian architect Tobia Scarpa, who updated the original restorations done by his famous father, Carlo Scarpa.

Galleria dell’Accademia museum in VeniceThe museum is now doubled in size, with many modernizations, making it the largest state museum in the country.

gallerie dell accademia in venice

Then on to shopping. First stop the well known milliner Giulana Longo, which has been in business for over a century. Famous for their straw hats, they are the exclusive provider of the authentic ribboned hats for gondoliers, as sported by ever stylish fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia below, as seen in W.

Giovanna Battaglia in straw gondolier hat W

Next stop was the exclusive linen shop of Jesurum. Founded in 1870, Jerusum still produces its creations on traditional looms with hand embroidery.

a day in venice at jesurum

Jerusum venice laceWhether traditional styles as above or more contemporary iterations, their products are known for the elegance and timeless quality.

jesurum venice

And last visit on the day in Venice shopping segment was Antonia Sautter, below, renowned for her elaborate costumes for carnival and as the founder of Il Ballo del Doge, an annual masquerade ball, held during carnival, that she inaugurated in 1994. For next year’s carnival, Bortolotto Possati is commissioning a “one-of-a-kind dress with pink feathers and a silver corset originally created by a French designer in 1949 for Marchesa Casati, the 20th century’s most notorious European celebrity.”

Antonia Sautter at Il Ballo del Doge

Since the last day in Venice actually encompassed both Saturday and Sunday, I include a visit to Locanda Cipriani on Torcello, an island at the northeastern side of the Venetian lagoon.

a day in venice at torcelloEven older than the city of Venice, the peaceful island is known for its seventh century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta with Byzantine mosaics and nature reserve. The Locanda is owned and run by THE Cipriani family since the 1930’s, becoming a “literary legend after Ernest Hemingway wrote ‘Across the River and Through the Trees‘ during his stay there.” You may be inspired as well!

a day in venice at locanda cipriani

Bortolotto Possati’s full day in Venice ended, as yours can too, for dinner at the elegant restaurant Quadri overlooking St. Mark’s Square.

restaurant quadri in venice

Whether you are traveling vicariously or are lucky enough to be planning a trip, I hope you have enjoyed your day in Venice, courtesy of Francesca Bortolotto Possati and How to Spend It. Be sure to check out the all the installments for more recommendations.


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8 Responses to A Day in Venice

  1. Thank you for the travel fantasy as I limp through my last day of High Point fabric market. I studied in Venice and I will never forget the magic of those ancient mosaics on Torcello, worth a special trip. Venezia `e paradiso , Grazie Stacey!

  2. franki says:

    This is a fantasy of mine…I’m STILL hoping fairy tales come true. This is a “saver” because I’m still hoping….franki p.s. You portrayed it just beautifully!!!

  3. Laura Taylor says:

    I just returned from Venice. Some of your photos fresh in my mind.
    Some people told me one only needs a day or two to visit Venice.
    I had three full days and could have stayed longer. No cars…but one can get everywhere. I took a boat back to the airport !

  4. tania vartan says:

    Beautifully done, Stacey! I want to go back immediately!

    Remamber that wonderful movie with Katherine Hepburn when she fell into the canal regarded by Sr. Brazzi?

  5. Deb says:

    Oh, if only! thanks for the opportunity to escape for just a moment.

  6. My favorite city in the world! You have me itching to go back!

  7. Photographs are so inspirational and reinforce suggestions! Great post!

  8. Kathleen Scheinfeld says:

    Thanks so much, Stacey. Perfect timing. I am going to Venice in September and I will
    make good use of your marvelous suggestions.

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