|(Photo © www.carnevale.venezia.it)
The only downside to Venice is that, because it is so remarkable, everyone wants to see it. The crowds in high season can overshadow the brilliance of the city, and with such narrow passageways, can be downright annoying. My favorite remedy for this is a visit to the idyllic Hotel Cipriani on its own island just across the Grand Canal. Even if you are not staying at the Hotel Cipriani (though I can't imagine why) you can board their complimentary shuttle service to and from the hotel, and enjoy the scenery of Venice from the water. Once at the hotel, you can relax with one of their spa treatments, have a drink at the bar or even dine in their restaurant, then have a walk around the grounds and return back by boat to the 'mainland.'
|St. Mark's Square, this is where the Hotel Cipriani private shuttle departs from
|St. Mark's bell tower as seen from the Grand Canal
|Enjoying the ride over to the Hotel Cipriani on their complimentary shuttle service
|The Quantum of Solace yacht docked on the Grand Canal
|Drinks by the pool with my friends: the crew of the mega-yacht Quantum of Solace, shown above
The hotel and surrounding grounds are impeccably landscaped and you should certainly take a walk around and explore the gardens. The property provides a true peaceful retreat from the hectic pace of everyday life.
|Drinks by the beautiful pool
|A frothy rum punch