Il Palazzo Experimental is on the Giudecca Canal, one of Venice’s busiest waterways just a few minutes’ walk from Ponte dell'Accademia on the Grand Canal.
You can fly into Venice Marco Polo airport with British Airways or Easyjet, then take a 30-minute transfer to the hotel (€100 each way).
Santa Lucia station is two kilometers from the hotel, which takes around 20 minutes by water taxi. There are high-speed Trenitalia services from Venice to Florence (two hours), Milan (two and a half hours) and Rome (three and a half hours).
There aren’t many roads here, ragazzi.
The hotel has its own private pier on the Rio del Ognissanti, so you can come and go easily by gondola or vaporetto water taxi.
Worth getting out of bed for
Wake up and check on the morning traffic on the Giudecca Canal, then head down for breakfast in the courtyard garden. After a day of pottering around piazzas and marvelling at museums, return to the very same spot for afternoon tea. Or, if you’re in the mood for something stiffer, one of the signature house cocktails.
Take a day trip to Burano Island, where colourful fishermen’s houses line the canals, and craftspeople weave delicate lace (even better, you get views of Venice from the boat). Rollover, Renaissance – it’s all about modern art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection; check the exhibition programme, and book tickets ahead of time. And then, of course, there’s the Rialto Bridge. OK, it’s not exactly under-the-radar, but it’s just one of those things that has to be seen – go at night and you’ll have fewer tourists to contend with.
A trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Piazza San Marco, the iconic centrepiece of the Floating City.
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There’s no shortage of coffee in Venice, but the best beans in town are at Caffe del Doge. Superstar chef Massimiliano Alajmo’s Amo whips up baked, steamed and fried pizza along with family-style antipasti. Osteria al Portego (Calle Malvasia) is a Venice institution, known and loved for its bar counter cicchetti and local wines.
Cocktails are the cornerstone of the Experimental group, so stick with the hotel bar for your sazeracs and spritzes.