Guess where this photo was taken?
This is the rooftop of The Gritti Palace in Venice and is normally not accessible to the public.
But if you happen to afford the Redentore Terrazza Suite, which costs over US$15,000 a night, you could have all of this 250-square metre rooftop terrace to yourself, as well as the amazing panoramic views of the grand canal, the city, and of course, the imposing Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. There’s also an outdoor jacuzzi and a cosy suite one level down, which reminds me of being in a boat with the porthole-like windows in the bedroom.
After clocking 10+ hour every day at work this week, so that I can go on leave with an easy mind, I’m especially looking forward to our little vacation to Venice over the weekend!
Just thinking about sipping coffee early in the morning at the terrace of The Gritti Palace makes me quite happy. To see the city rouse into action – for instance, boats making DHL deliveries or transporting sugar/flour/oil before gondolas start plying the canal in droves – is one of my favourite memories of Venice.
Selfie taken at The Gritti Palace in May 2013
To read and see more about this historic hotel:
- Adam Gopnik on being the first guest to step foot into The Gritti Palace following its extensive restoration, in Architectural Digest with photos by Björn Wallander
- Tim Jepson re-visits on behalf of The Daily Telegraph
- Sally Webb recalls her time at the terrace in The Sydney Morning Herald
Arrivederci! (see you soon)