Mystical, magical wintery Venice

Venice is always beautiful. Winter envelops the City of Doges with festive lights, vibrant hues accent stunningly its superb architecture adding unique romanticism – snowflakes add perfection! 

Bridges emerge from the mist or “caigo” – Venetian’s vocabulary, explore tiniest of passageways and smallest of canals shrouded mysteriously adding to Venice’s enchantment, charm.  Laughter, music, and tinkling glasses welcome from lounges, Harry’s Bar, inviting “osterias” with their unique specialties – fried” moeche” (soft shelled crab), grilled “cape longhe” (razor clams), and Venice’s own famed Bellini or bubbly Prosecco.

Londra palace Hotel, Venise

Tchaikovsky was inspired to write his Fourth Symphony while residing at the Londra Palace.  This delightful, perfectly situated chic waterfront Relais & Chateaux offers incomparable views of the Venetian Lagoon and San Giorgio Island.

Luxuous bathroom, Londra palace Hotel-Venise

“The choice” with its superb service, stylish accommodations, marble bathrooms, 100 windows, balconies capturing Venice’s life welcome all to Venice’s heart.  Alain Bullo, Italian-French, Maitre de Maison, manages to perfection while imparting abundant local knowledge to guests assuring their enjoyment.  Chef Loris Indri and his team pamper the palette with a tantalizing breakfast buffet, famed Venetian specialties for all tastes at Do Leon, plus marvelous hampers…The  “Altana” with its amazing 360 degree view of Venice offers special moments – perfect for celebrations, painting lessons, or romantic tête-à-tête sunsets.  Slip away this winter to enjoy this Venice at Londra Palace…

Winters absence of tourists, schools, enables one to wander quietly, fascinated by discoveries – except during Carnival.  Gliding silently along the misty canals, is not only mysterious and exciting, exceedingly romantic. Gondola delights with Champion Gloria Rogliani –be it island visits, historical treasures, candlelit dinners or floating aperitivo – memories guaranteed. Americans and film lovers may relive Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie’s 1973 evocative film « Don’t Look Now » adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s story re-creating the film’s drama and suspense!

Traditional “musts”- Guggenheim, San Marco, Murano, Quadri’s, gondola touring, Cipriani dining at Locanda Cipriani  – are as special as ever.

Fondazione Teatro La Fenice Traviata
Direttore Stefano Ranzani Regia Robert Carsen
Photo ©Michele Crosera

Teatro La Fenice’s season is a delight – Bartok, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Traviata, Donizetti – for all tastes and Hamburg’s Ballet wows too. La Fenice’s history (1792) entwines that of Venice dramatically. Twice destroyed by fire, premiering many famed operas, hosting Napoleon under the French then the Hapsburgs, Fenice continually offers sublime repertoire, global talents befitting its history.

Il Ballo del Doge

“Carnival” celebrations attract the world to Venice for merriment, parties, festivities …one of the world’s most elegant soirees Il Ballo del Doge – February 22, 2020, is at Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Venice.  2020’s theme, the 27th Ballo “Carnival Rhapsody: Provocation, Redemption, Miracle » lavishes an evening of opulent moments. Opening show and aperitif precedes elegant dining, dinner show with over 100 performers, music, dancing followed by an Open bar, live entertainment, and disco til dawn. By invitation only, period costume is mandatory, otherwise no entrance. Invitations, their purchase to be arranged with the organiser/hostess, Antonia Sautter; arrangements for costumes, other needs for the Ballo too. Vanity Fair Italy touts  “one of the most exclusive parties in the world. Breathe in the perfume and close your eyes, Let yourself go to the best night of your life”.

After the Ballo and Carnival reverie relax touring top Prosecco vineyards, visit magnificent Palladian Villas – Brenta, Trevisio, Bassano del Grappa – leading to the Queen of the Dolomites – Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Chill out with skiing, snowshoeing, skating, spa pampering in this Alpine retreat looked after by the CharmingSkiing team who will amaze you with memorable moments. In Spring, CharmingCycling’s team offer other discoveries – sporting, culinary, cultural – either via gondola, bicycle, walking, or car from the Lagoon to Verona introducing all to the local delights

Unforgettable! A not to miss – Mystical, mysterious, La Serenissima.

S. Kemper
Fact File and charmingskiing -Il  Ballo del Doge /
Photos © Londra Palace, SK, Il Ballo del Doge
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