Over the last week, Venice has been suffering a historic flood with three quarters of the city under water. Before beginning to recede, the water levels reached more than five feet deep over Italy’s majestic “City of Canals.” A combination of high tides and storms have brought about the most significant flood in 22 years. As reported by National Geographic, the city’s leaders have long been working on an ambitious defense plan to save Venetian cultural heritage from the threat of rising waters. Indeed “La Serenissima”—as Venice is known—is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece, an age-old pride of humanity; little wonder that visitors have long been lured to Venice (and the question of “overtourism” has also cast a shadow).
In some happy news from Venice, Rosewood Hotels has just announced a new management contract for a hotel that’s set to open in 2020. Housed inside the 15th-century Palazzo Dona’ Giovannelli in the Cannaregio neighborhood, Rosewood Venice will have 50 guestrooms and suites with views overlooking the canals. Rich, historic details are found throughout the property—from the gothic entrance on the Rio di Noale and the ceiling frescos to the stately fireplaces and octagonal staircase created by the architect Gian Battista Meduna (also known for a renovation of the Cathedral of San Marco).
One of the highlights will be the outdoor dining space within two walled courtyards. Rosewood Venice will have two restaurants and a piano bar, a fitness center, Sense, A Rosewood Spa, and extensive events space. This will be the brand’s second hotel in Italy and eighth in Europe.