Staff Review

Venice in November


20 Nov 2018

by The Kirker Team

Kirker Holidays

My unforgettable trip to Venice began with a private water taxi from the airport – there are few experiences more memorable and exhilarating than being whisked across the lagoon and then meandering through the canals in such style!

Our host for the first night was the city’s most historic hotel – Baglioni Hotel Luna (5* Deluxe). Located next to the entrance of the Grand Canal and mere metres from Piazza San Marco, it makes an ideal base for those visiting for the first time or keen to be in the thick of the Venetian hustle. From there we were able to lose ourselves in the narrow streets, resurfacing occasionally to recognise a particular canal or Osteria.

Having previously visited Venice during August, travelling at the end of November made for a welcome contrast, and in my opinion an improvement – with none of those peak summer tourists. A standout memory was traversing St Mark’s after a delightful meal at one of our favourite dining spots, Osteria Oliva Nera (where the lovely Isabella looks after Kirker clients especially attentively), with only a few late-night wanderers to share it with. The difference is quite stark, so if you are flexible, I would wholeheartedly recommend travelling outside of the peak season (which also has the added benefit of some excellent value special offers at our hotels).

During the latter part of the trip, we moved to stay in the Dorsoduro district. A quieter and more relaxed part of the city, across the Grand Canal from San Marco, where some of Venice’s remaining local residents still live. Now firmly in my list of favourite hotels, we stayed at the newly-opened Nani Mocenigo (4* Deluxe), an utterly charming 15th century palazzo. An intimate experience at just 26 rooms, during warmer months the peaceful garden provides a welcome haven to enjoy an aperitif after a day out exploring.

Any Kirker city break is incomplete without a visit to the included museum or gallery – and in Venice you are spoiled for choice with tickets for the Doge’s Palace, Guggenheim or Accademia Gallery. Undoubtedly one of my highlights of the trip, our visit to the ‘Palazzo Ducale’ really brought to life the rich cultural, political and economic history of the city through its stunning interiors with halls and council chambers adorned with fabulous art. However, if you have already visited the Doge’s Palace and would prefer to sample some more modern art, I would suggest a trip to the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation, a wonderful collection of 20th century paintings and sculpture housed in an elegant palace on the Grand Canal and surrounded by tranquil gardens.

The return water taxi to Marco Polo came all too soon. Venice is a city difficult to fully comprehend even after my second trip, but I am already looking forward to returning next time.

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