Three Days on the Venetian Lagoon

Mauro Stoppa takes guests on tours of the Venetian Lagoon aboard his boat. He shows them a side of Venice that they normally would never see.

Venice Carnival's Great Tradition of Mask-Making

The origins of Venice's mask-making tradition go back centuries. Here's how visitors can enjoy Carnival and support the artisans behind it.

Two Venice Palace Hotels Away From the Crowds

On a recent trip to Venice, our editor-in-chief finds a rival to the Cipriani on the Venetian Lagoon and a quiet respite on the Grand Canal.

Newly Recommended Hotels in Italy

Andrew Harper traveled to Rome and Venice where he found two new exceptional hotels to recommend.

Letter From the Editor: August 2017

Mr. Harper revisits a favorite property in Rome, Hotel Eden, after its recent refurbishment and discovers three boutique hotels in Palm Beach.

10 Family Vacation Ideas

Ten of our favorite family-friendly spots, each brimming with activities and set against exceptionally intriguing and scenic backdrops.

Venice for Food Lovers

Especially in places to which I often return, I find there are sights that, while hardly new, draw me time and again. Such a place is the Rialto fish market.

A Noteworthy Venetian Cooking School

If you are interested in learning firsthand how to make some classic Venetian dishes, I urge you to consider taking a class with Countess Enrica Rocca.

Favorite Venice Restaurants

When you're next in Venice, Italy, enjoy the bounty of the Rialto Fish Market and my favorite Venice restaurants listed here.

The Lure of the Gondola

Gazing over the waterways of Venice, which teem with boats of all kinds, it is hard to imagine that just 200 years ago, almost 10,000 gondolas plied the canals.

The Bounty of the Rialto Fish Market

At the geographic center of Venice, the Rialto is oldest part of the city. Mr. Harper reveals why this sightseeing destination draws him in time and time again.

Ports of Call: Venice, Italy

Venice's ancient waterways, astonishing architecture and historic charm make it a port city not to be missed.

Sightseeing Recommendations in Venice, Italy

Get off the tourist path in Venice, Italy, with these sightseeing recommendations from our editor-in-chief.

City Guide: Venice

Enjoy this travel guide to Venice with tips, recommendations and ideas for where to eat, stay and shop in this enticing Italian city.

New & Noteworthy, June 2015

Andrew Harper shares notables luxury travel news, like the launch of Belmond Grand Hibernian, the reopening of The Lanesborough and a new St. Regis in Venice.

'Cicchetti' in Venice, Italy

Venetians often break their days for a snack of cicchetti (hors d’oeuvres) in one of the city’s bacari, or distinctive wine bars. Here are four favorites.

From My Notebook, February 2015

Andrew Harper shares luxury travel industry news, openings and more in his monthly "From My Notebook" column.

Top 10 Gastronomic Highlights of the Year

The Top 10 Gastronomic Highlights of a year of travel.

Through Andrew Harper's Lens: Snapshots from Venice

This year's Hideaway of the Year is the beautiful Aman Canal Grande located in Venice, Italy.  Here are a few photos Mr. Harper took while exploring the su

2014 Hideaway of the Year: Aman Canal Grande

Located close to the Rialto Bridge, in the central San Polo district, the 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli now houses the 24-room Aman Canal Grande. The building has not been reconfigured as a hotel and still possesses its original layout.

Learning the Art of Venetian Cuisine

One of the liveliest and most enjoyable days we’ve ever spent in Venice began when we met Countess Enrica Rocca beneath the Rialto Bridge on a balmy autumn morning. We then embarked on a food market tour, the prelude to a full day of tuition in the subtleties of Venetian cooking.

Classic Revisited: The Gritti Palace

One of my favorite hotels in the world, The Gritti Palace, reopened this year following a 15-month, $50 million renovation. Enjoying a perfect location at the entrance to Venice’s Grand Canal, the palazzo dates to 1475 and was converted into a hotel in 1895.

Venetian Bacari

Venetians often break their day for a snack of cicchetti (hors d’oeuvres) in one of the city’s bacari, or distinctive wine bars. Here are four of my favorites.

Aman Canal Grande: Venice Luxury Redefined

On a clear, moonlit evening as our water taxi slipped into the Grand Canal, its driver turned to us and said, “E ora, una bella sorpresa per voi!” (“And now, a beautiful surprise for you!”)

Last Word: Aman Update

Long-term subscribers to this newsletter will know that my admiration for Amanresorts is virtually unbounded. Just over 20 years ago, founder Adrian Zecha invented a formula that revolutionized the concept of a boutique hideaway.

In the News: Aman in Venice

Frequent visitors to Venice may recall the Palazzo Papadopoli because of the distinctive twin obelisks that adorn its roof.

Last Word: Love at First Sight

To where do I feel the most compelling need to return is a question that follows me like a faithful hound. Given that I have visited nearly all of the world’s major countries and can, theoretically, go anywhere, from whence do the siren voices call most seductively?

Featured Auctions: Three Classics in Venice

Cordial-but-formal 42-room boutique hotel in an exquisite palazzo dating to the 14th century, overlooking the Grand Canal between the Ca’ d’Oro and the Rialto.

Last Word: Enduring Favorites

Clearly, one of the chief purposes of a newsletter is to report on things that are new. I keep a lengthy list of openings around the world, and each month, I write about those that I think you will find the most interesting.

Venice: The Gritti Palace Reborn

The legendary Gritti Palace, housed by a 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal, reopened in February 2013 following an extensive 15-month restoration.

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