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Romanced by History

As it opens its doors this June, the Aman Canal Grande Venice brings you to the heart of the historic city.

Romanced by History

Venice — a place synonymous with romance and teeming with the remnants of its glorious past; a trip there is a journey back in time to a place where art and love combine. At its heart is the Grand Canal, meandering through the centre of Venice in a sinuous S-shape, and the city's most iconic feature.
To get to the Aman Canal Grande Venice, travel by boat through the waterway, past centuries-old buildings to the district of San Polo. There, be led into the Palazzo Papadopoli, where Aman is housed. Built in the 16th century and later redecorated in the 19th century by Michelangelo Guggenheim, a leading exponent of the Neo-Renaissance and Rococo styles, the building is one of the most significant examples of these such decoration in the city.
Enter the Reception Hall with its soaring ceilings, historic frescos and reliefs that provide a sense of bygone luxury. From there, a selection of 24 suites is available for a night's rest, almost all of which offer views of the Grand Canal, unusual for any hotel in Venice.
The hotel has five signature suites, all with unique architectural features. Take the Canal Grande Suite. Located above the front door of the palazzo, it features a lovely sitting room with an arched window through which the full spectrum of the Grand Canal's maritime activities can be viewed.
Drop by the Roof Terrace in the early mornings to watch the city light up as the sun rises, and if the day is clear, enjoy the view of the Alps in the distance. Later, retreat into one of the few private gardens on the canal, the Garden Terrace, for an al fresco breakfast before heading through the hidden Secret Garden, through the soaring trees, out onto the streets of San Polo.
The oldest of the six districts of Venice, San Polo is known for its beautiful palaces, churches and markets. Within walking distance from Aman is the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto – which is, according to legend, the oldest in the city – the Rialto Bridge and Campo San Polo, among other sites. And just a boat ride away is the world-renowned Saint Mark's Basilica and Piazza San Marco.
Of course, discovering the city by water is an essential Venetian rite of passage. Being poled down the winding canal by a serenading gondolier is the best way to get a taste of the real Venice and fortunately, Aman offers a waterborne tour of the city free of tourist trappings.
The say when in Rome do as the Romans do. But when in Venice, live as the Venetians live.
Aman Canal Grande Venice
Palazzo Papadopoli, Calle Tiepolo 1364, Sestiere San Polo, Venezia 30125, Italy, Tel: + 65 6887 3337
amanresorts.com