In Palazzo Papadopoli, one of the eight monumental palaces of the city on the Grand Canal, is Aman Venice which fully represents the luxury and aesthetics of La Serenissima. Rococo artworks are offset by the contemporary interior design curated by Jean-Michel Gathy, while the private gardens – rare in this floating city – boast endless views. A short walk from Piazza San Marco, the hotel is considered an ideal base from which to explore the romantic city and discover its hidden gems while crossing the canals on a traditional gondola. The luxury resort has been the site of high society balls since the 16th century. A hidden pier entrance and a private garden protect popular guests from prying paparazzi lenses but even if you don’t fall into that category, the staff will make you feel like a star. Spread across the dining room and ballroom, Arva Restaurant is the definitive tribute to Italian gastronomy and all that it entails. The best local produce, simple cooking and a friendly, family atmosphere make for an amazing experience. Inspired by the days when Italians cooked only with what was available nearby, chef Dario Ossola and creative consultant Davide Oldani have established relationships with local farmers, fishermen and market traders, ensuring that the cuisine remains stocked with the best Adriatic fish, single-origin oils and handmade pasta. During the warmer months, you can also dine al fresco in the hotel’s private garden, which boasts one of the best Grand Canal-side locations of any restaurant in the city.