The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

Experiences

With a long history and a unique urban shape, Venice holds much to be explored. Whether travelers are seeking a cultural discovery, a taste of delicious Italian cuisine or a day at the Lido beach, the city has something for everyone, with many unmissable events throughout the year such as the Redentore fireworks. Within walking distance of the hotel, stroll to St. Mark's Square to unveil the mysteries of Venice at Palazzo Ducale, explore the basilica and its Byzantine mosaics, climb the belltower for amazing views and see the renowned Bridge of Sighs. Go slightly off the tourist track to the Rialto markets with our Epicurean School tour, pausing for a bite in a traditional bacaro to taste cicchettì and a glass of Prosecco. Visit nearby towns to enjoy World Heritage sites such as Verona, Padua, and the small towns of Treviso and Asolo, rich in history and beauty. Or explore the lagoons aboard our private Riva yacht.The Gritti Palace is delighted to provide you with an exclusive range

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The Gritti SPA - Sisley Paris

The Gritti SPA - Sisley Paris

Discover Phyto-Aromatic Treatments and the savoir faire of the prestigious Sisley Paris brand at The Gritti SPA. This elegant space features three treatment suites including two double spa suites with steam bath for complete relaxation and comfort.

Fitness Center

Fitness Suite

Peaceful and spacious features an excellent selection of high-tech cardio fitness equipment

Venice Through the Eyes of Two Icons

Explore the beauty of the Venice Lagoon in true Gritti-style board our private Aquariva speedboat “Il Doge”. This legendary yacht was handcrafted by Riva, a brand known worldwide since 1842 for its elegance, status, and perfection. A true expression of Italian artisan skill and a symbol of the Italian dolce vita, our Riva Yacht Experiences aboard “Il Doge” are the ultimate way to experience the city. Advance reservations are recommended. Same day reservations for Il Doge are accepted upon availability and require a 15 minute window to allow for preparation. Cancellations must be received within 24 hours of the scheduled departure tome to avoid full penalty. Discover the Venetian archipelago’s heritage and the beautiful panoramas of the northern and southern lagoons with one of four tailored excursions, or allow us to curate one for you.

Riva Yacht Experience

Follow Head Concierge Ivan Schultz on an exclusive Riva Yacht Experience and admire the lagoon panorama and rich, unspoiled magnificent nature to see. Spend a day to treasure the color palette of Burano and its lace making tradition, handed down from one generation to the other over many years, or take a short ride over to Torcello's unique atmosphere exceeding imaginations in the untouched beauty of this rare jewel island.

Riva Yacht Experience - Torcello Island

Live View of Venice

Discover iconic views from our rooftop and get inspired for your next stay at The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice.

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The Luxury Collection Concierge

Meet our Concierge Team and let us be your guide to Venice. Our Head Concierge Ivan Schultz and his team are at the complete disposal of hotel guests for all assistance they may require during their stay. Our Concierge team's excellence has previously been recognised with a 'Best Concierge' nomination in the “Best of the Best” Virtuoso Awards. Contact our concierge for advice around Venice's most iconic restaurants, private excursions and destination discoveries or reserve a day on our Riva yacht.

Venetian Traditions With Our Head Concierge

Meet Ivan Schultz, Head Concierge of The Gritti Palace, as he guides you through his favorite city: Venice. Follow him across the bridges and calle of Venice, to the fish market at Rialto, trying some typical Venetian cicchetti at the traditional bàcari, or to the church of San Francesco della Vigna with its century-old winery and home to the grave of the Doge, Andrea Gritti.

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Visiting Local Craftsmen

Centuries of culture and history have shaped the Venetian lagoon to create an unparalleled wonder. Global influencers have been attracted to Venice for many years. Peggy Guggenheim, who was a loved guest at The Gritti Palace and her museum, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is just on the other side of the Grand Canal. Follow Head Concierge Ivan to the artisan craftsmen of Venice, as they create the typical marionettes and the unique gondolas, a rare and exclusive tradition, unique to La Serenissima.

How to Reach the Hotel

The Gritti Palace is easily reached by land or water. Our Clef d'Or Concierge team is pleased to arrange private hostess assisted transfers for guests from their point of arrival to the hotel. The service is available 24hours/7days and requires an advance booking of minimum 48 hours.

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For further information, please contact:
concierge.grittipalace@luxurycollection.com

 

Les Clefs D'or, A Certified Luxury Service

Opening Hours

The Concierge desk at The Gritti Palace is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Each Luxury Collection Concierge is a bilingual, certified destination expert, proudly wearing 'Les Clefs d’Or', the gilt insignia of the celebrated international concierge society.

Services

Our Concierge team is happy to assist with all guest requests including private transfers, tickets, golf, guided tours, restaurant reservations, personal shopper, tips for destination discoveries, car rental and much more.

Wine Tasting

Join us for exclusive wine tastings lead by our Head Sommelier. Learn more about different wine regions and taste some of Italy's finest wines.

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An Authentic Taste

Learn more about the history and the making of the Bellini and Spritz cocktails, and indulge in their authentic tastes. Join us for a 30 minute long immersive activity as part of our series Destination Discoveries, A Concierge-Curated Experience. Head Barman Cristiano Luciano and his team are offering a cocktail-making demonstration featuring delicious flavors native to the region.

 

Byzantine Gothic Venice

Guests are invited to join a 30-minute long history lesson on Venice's Byzantine Gothic style as part of our series Destination Discoveries, a Concierge-Curated Experiences. An expert guide is offering guests an explanation of the origins, characteristics and traditions of this unique architectural style indigenous to the city. Join us to learn more about it, and its most iconic examples around the city.

 

Building Venice

Learn how the Venetians built their city in a lagoon consisting of shallow waters and outcropping lands, and how they made this difficult terrain habitable, constructing the actual foundations on which the palaces lie, and devising a system for collecting fresh water in order to survive.. Guests are invited to join our Concierge team for a 30 minute history lesson on Venice’s building system as part of our series Destination Discoveries, A Concierge-Curated Experience.

 

Secrets of the Gondola

Learn where Venice's typical flat-bottomed boat rowed by gondoliers is born in Venice, its evolution over the centuries, and its symbolism. Guests are invited to join Head Concierge Ivan Schultz for a 30 minute history lesson on the Gondola and its secrets and traditions, as part of our series Destination Discoveries, A Concierge-Curated Experience.

 

Acqua Alta

Learn more about the exceptional tide peaks that partially flood the city on a periodical basis, and which used to flood The Gritti Palace, in addition to learning about the 'MOSE Project' which is intended to protect Venice from the floods. For the first experience, guests are invited to join our Head Concierge Ivan Schultz for a 30 minute immersion into the phenomenon of Venice’s Acqua Alta as part of our series Destination Discoveries, A Concierge Curated Experience.

 

Exceptional Hotel Art

Guests are invited to join a 30 minute discovery tour unveiling the hotel’s treasures as part of our series Destination Discoveries, A Concierge-Curated Experience. The Gritti Palace is a place of exceptional art which has been collected throughout its history as a private palazzo and luxury hotel. An expert in antiques is offering guests a guided walk-around of the palace’s art, antiques and furniture.

 

Burano Lace Industry

Guests are invited to join for a 30 minute demonstration of lace-making as part of our series Destination Discoveries, A Concierge-Curated Experience. The lace industry on the island of Burano can be traced back to the 1500s. Burano lace is widely considered to be the first true lace, and while modern machinery does this job today, traditional processes still flourish on the island. One of the few lace-makers left in the country is offering a live demonstration for our guests.

 

Making the Forcola

Guests are invited to join a 30 minute demonstration of the making of a fórcola as part of our series Destination Discoveries, A Concierge-Curated Experience. The fórcola (oarlock) is an essential part of the gondola. In addition to satisfying the practical requirements of Venetian rowing, the fórcola is recognised as an objet d'art for the beauty of its fluid, curving forms. One of the few  remaining fórcola Masters is offering a live demonstration workshop for our guests.

Leica Binoculars

See Venice from a totally different view. Learn how our Leica binoculars can reveal the most delightful secrets of this city.

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City Events

Venice Carnival | 12 February – 1 March 2022

he most iconic event of Venice and the world’s oldest and most elegant carnival appreciated for the opulence of its costumes. Three weeks of celebrations, traditions and exclusive masked balls that take place throughout the city.

St Mark’s Festival | 25 Apr 2022

The ancient celebration of St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice. It is also known as the rosebud festival, because men traditionally offer a rosebud to the women they love.

Festa della Sensa (Ascension Day) | 26 May 20

A rowing parade of traditional boats followed by evocative and religious ceremonies commemorating the heritage wedding celebration between Venice and the Sea. The historical reenactment is followed by rowing competitions.

International Boat Show | 28 May – 5 June 202

Venice’s largest marine luxury, leisure and lifestyle event held in the Arsenale, the city’s historical shipyards and armory.

Homo Faber | 10 April - 1 May 2022

An inspiring showcase of the finest craftsmanship with live demonstrations by master artisans and designers from all over Europe.

Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity

Peggy Guggenheim Collection | 9 April – 26 Sep 2022 

Local Area & Activity Highlights

Attend some of the most culturally rich festivals in the world in Venice. You'll truly feel the city come alive when these celebrations happen before your eyes.
 

Carnival

The oldest and most well-known of all the Venice festivals, Carnival is an unmissable time to visit the city with costumes, masks and frivolity filling the streets.

Many tourists come to the city to take part in this intriguing event, all dressed in fancy dress taking in the city's magical scenery as they go. Be sure to wear your beautiful Venetian mask and see the city from behind your disguise

Carnival in Venice enchants every traveler with a unique once in a lifetime experience. Live the intrigue of the XVIII century dressed up in a masked costume at a party inside one of the historic palazzi.

Each year, Bar Longhi transforms for Carnival with special events and costume evenings in an inspired setting. Reserve your stay at The Gritti Palace and experience the Venetian Carnival, an event that has illuminated the spirits of its participants for centuries, leaving them enchanted by all the charm, romance and mystery.


The Festival of the Year

The Redeemer’s Feast, also known as the Redentore, is a much loved local festival which combines refined Venetian cuisine with sparkling entertainment and a stage set unmatched by any other.

There is no more magical setting to watch the spectacular fireworks display than at Restaurant Club del Doge and Bar Longhi on their terraces overlooking the spectacle.

Join us for an unforgettable gala dinner at Restaurant Club del Doge and experience a 7-course dinner paired with a special view.

From Murano to Burano, there's something to see at every turn in Venice. View some of the most breathtaking scenery along the lagoons.
 

Murano

No trip to Venice can be complete without a visit to the island of Murano. Easily combined with a trip also to Burano, it's worth a stop to watch as glass blowers keep up their age old traditions.

Burano

Known for its colored houses and lace making tradition, Burano is an island definitely worth visiting. A popular stop for tourists, be sure to take advantage of the empty streets and go early in the morning.

Accademia Bridge

For the most incredible sunrise and just steps away from The Gritti Palace, head to the Accademia Bridge to literally take your breath away. It's worth the early wake up.

Palazzo Rubelli

Along the Grand Canal, just like the Gritti, the Rubelli historical archives offer a different location. Discover 16th century fabrics, which are present today in our rooms and suites of the hotel.

Various tours—individual, group, walking, boat, guided—may be organised through the hotel concierge. English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese tour guides are available upon request.

Helicopter tours of Venice, the lagoon and nearby islands may be organised as well. Tours last from 5 to 25 minutes and depart daily at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 6pm. Advance reservation is required. Charges apply. Special rates are available for families and groups.

Hidden between the ruins of a XVII century Austrian fortress, the Mediterranean woodland and the Malamocco channel, the Venice Golf Club is home to an 18-hole international golf course, one of the first in Italy, located at the Alberoni, on the far south end of the Lido island. Centuries-old trees sprout all over this world-famous golf course, which reaches the seashore.

Inaugurated in 1930, the original nine-hole course was projected by the Scottish architect Cruickshank of Maxwell M. Hart of Glasgow and built on recovered sea land, proving to be a true sea-link. In 1950 the course was enlarged to 18 holes to a project by the architect C.K. Cotton.

Over the years the course characteristics have slowly changed with the growth of many trees; the rolling fairways have however remained, as have the deep bunkers and the grass roughs. Of the original sea-link, the splendid sandy foundation has survived rendering the course practicable and verdant year round.

The course requires a great deal of precision due to its difficult technical characteristics but guarantees even the less expert golfer an enormous amount of satisfaction. The course record belongs to Arnold Palmer.

  • Yardage: 6800
  • Altitude: At sea level
  • Availability of golf carts and golf clubs on request at additional cost
  • Restaurant upon reservation for dinner

The Venice Golf Club is affiliated with our hotel. As such, our guests are offered preferred rates and tee times.

From the Venice Hospitality Challenge where yachts of the most prestigious hotels in the city compete, to the regattas such as the Historical Regatta and the Vogalonga, there is a unique sight in Venice to be seen.

Whether you enjoy shopping on your own or are looking for gift suggestions, we are here to help you make the most of your shopping experience in Venice.
 

Shopping District

The main shopping area is located between Rialto and St. Mark's Square, a mere 100 metres away from The Gritti Palace, filled with elegant boutiques such as Sermoneta Gloves, Malo, Tod’s, Bulgari, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, and Missoni to name a few.

Boutique Showcases

Show-windows for some of Italy's finest brands and local artisans are displayed in the hotel, including Loro Piana, Brioni, Tokatzian, and Cvstos.

Follow Me Personal Shopper Service

Follow Me is a service that creates a customised itinerary for any need, counting on quality and exclusiveness. It provides you with a team of specialised professionals that will introduce you to the best of Italian and Venetian produce through preferential connections. Personal shoppers are available for guests who wish assistance. This service is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, and Japanese. Advance reservation is required. Charges apply.

History

La Biennale di Venezia

The Venice Biennale has been for over 120 years one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. The history dates back from 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival in history). In 1980 the first International Architecture Exhibition took place, and in 1999 Dance made its debut at La Biennale.

A group of people outside La Biennale di Venezia