Built in 1525 as the family home of Doge Andrea Gritti, this antique-stocked palazzo has rooms with mosaic floors, hand-painted furniture, and panoramic views of the Grand Canal. Murano glass chandeliers and sconces light up the hotel that Ernest Hemingway called “the best hotel in a city of great hotels.”
Hotel Gritti Palace, Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, Venice, 39/041-794611. From $519. luxurycollection.com/gritti. This story appeared in the July/August 2011 issue. Discover other palace hotels: Rajasthan, India mexico">Playa del Carmen, Mexico Marrakech, Morocco ireland">County Clare, Ireland beijing">Bejing, China
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The Gritti Epicurian School
The newest edition to Venice's handful of cooking schools is the Epicurian School at the Gritti Palace. Like the Gritti Palace itself, the cooking school underwent a massive renovation recently, opening to the public in early 2013 with more space and tools to teach travellers the basics of Venetian cuisine.
One thing to note is that there are not daily classes. They usually are scheduled two or three times a month, or by special appointment only. You can find these listed on the Gritti Palace website under the heading, Gastronomic Journey. The school is led by the Gritti's Executive Chef, Daniele Turco, who offers demonstration and themed classes, sometimes with market trips, that focus on lagoon specialties and traditional Venetian fare. There are also package deals that combine up to three day stay and cook programs that allow visitors to have more intensive cooking lessons.