Imagine! You’re being driven through the streets in Northeast Italy in a private car. You and your significant other watch in awe as you pull up an believable property. You can’t believe it, you’re finally here at Aman Canal Grande Venice.
This grand hotel is strategically built on water, steeped in history and synonymous with romance. You remember a conversation you had with your Forest Travel Agent, “Venice is a fabled destination with a glorious past, you’ll love it!” The city is built atop 118 small islands separated by winding canals and linked by arching bridges. Once a major power in the Mediterranean, it is known today for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The entire city along with its lagoon is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Venice is home to the Piazza San Marco and Saint Mark’s Basilica, it is perhaps the Grand Canal which is the city’s most iconic feature. Meandering in a sinuous s-shape through the heart of Venice, the Grand Canal is the city’s main thoroughfare, plied by gondolas and vaporetti (water buses) and lined with more than 170 gracious buildings between 200 and 700 years old.
Physical reminders of the city’s grand heritage, most were built to demonstrate the wealth and artistry of the Republic of Venice in its heyday. It is in one of these regal old homes directly on the Grand Canal that Aman is housed, fusing the romance and history of this legendary city with the hospitality and service for which Aman resorts is renowned.
RECOMMENDED TIME TO TRAVEL
At the beginning of February, 12 days before Ash Wednesday, Venice will be packed with party-goers in spectacular costumes to celebrate Carnival. In celebration, Aman Canale Grande is hosting two Palazzo Banquets.
On Saturday 7 February 2015, experience the thrills of a grand nineteenth century Palazzo Banquet, with costumes, food & music in the theme of opera buffa – a lighthearted opera with comedy and drama. Artist Rafaele Dessi of the Atelier Pietro Longhi, will create a magical opera themed evening in the Palazzo, while chef Riccardo de Pra will recreate a period menu to be served in the Red Dining Room, in traditional style. Dinner will be followed by an Operatic mise en scene performance in the Ballroom. Then on Friday 13 February 2015, ‘searching for love’ will be the theme for a grand eighteenth century Baroque Banquet. Again Rafaele Dessi will create magical Baroque surroundings, complemented by a fantastic Baroque menu to be served in the Red Dining Room. After dinner there will be a Baroque dance performance in the Ballroom, and dancing in the Hall.
Throughout the two weeks of Carnival there are grand Carnival Balls and a stunning variety of events leading up to Ash Wednesday. The Concierge at Aman Canale Grande will provide unhindered access to the best celebrations Venice has to offer.
For many people, masked revellers in ornate costumes are as iconic an image of Venice as gondolas and canals. Traditionally, masks were allowed to be worn in Venice during certain periods of the year, adding greatly to the intrigue of the city. Today masks are mainly associated with the Carnival of Venice, an annual festival which starts on St. Stephen’s Day (26th December) and ends with Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday. The Carnival is said to have originated from victory celebrations in 1162 when Venice – the ‘Repubblica della Serenissima’ at the time – defeated the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico. One of the most important events of the carnival today is the contest for best mask – held on the last weekend of the festival and judged by a jury of international costume and fashion designers.