This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
The city of Venice conjures up a constellation of colorful, dreamlike images for any sanguine traveler. It is a place bursting with art, history, music and romance, where visitors relish majestic architecture, glorious churches and unrivaled food. The uniqueness of the turquoise lagoon remains a fascination for travelers, who come from far and wide to experience the enchantment of a gondola ride through the city’s winding canals. Venice has been noted for its hospitality for many centuries, but especially so when it became an unmissable stop on the Grand Tour and Europe’s nobility flocked to visit St Mark’s Basilica. The city is therefore home to some of the world’s most luxurious accommodations; several former palaces are now hotels. Popular all year round, Venice hosts an array of enlivening annual events including the Venice International Film Festival and the Venice Biennale, an art exhibition founded in 1895.