Live the Magic, Ca-Sa’Gredo Palace Hotel in Venice, IT

Live The Magic

By Sophia Leva-Marie

One of my dreams is to live in Italy. Thus, when I was invited to a feminine wealth retreat in Venice, my answer could only be yes.

Our retreat was aptly named “Live the Magic.” The hotel was originally built in the 15th century, when the magic begun. Created as a canal-side palazzo, it was in service of the infamous Count Sagredo. Yet, in today’s incarnation, its refined glory has  still captured many accolades. Notably, Condé Nast’s gave the hotel the 2017 Johansen Award for Excellence as the “Best Hotel for Weddings, Parties & Special Events.”

The romance and beauty of the hotel are sure to enhance your special events whether they be intimate, or extravagant. From gorgeous frescoes, marble staircases, and red carpets to personal butlers tending to your needs, this former palace is sure to delight.

Jodi Picoult said “life is not a plot; it’s in the details.” When you want to revel in decadence, beauty, and luxury look no further than Ca’Sagredo Palace Hotel.

Getting Around in Venice, Italy

From Marco Polo airport, take a private water taxi or bus to the leisurely water bus, called the vaporetto which serves 19 lines. Take Line #1. The hotel is on the Grand Canal in the city center. If you have a private water taxi you will be dropped off next to the restaurant and gondoliers’ stand. The vaporetto will drop you off at the stop around the corner from the hotel. If you feel uncomfortable, ask the captain of the water bus or any helpful resident. Fortunately, most people speak English. Therefor, they can easily direct you to Campo Santa Sofia. I would be hard pressed to forget a street named after me.

Boats in venice, ItalyEntering through the water entrance or street entrance, you will arrive in the grand foyer for registration. Conveniently, you will find a bar and ristorante on the main floor to satiate any appetites your travel may have stoked. For your accommodations, dining, or event, climb the two marble staircases (red carpeted for your debut) or use the elevator. It’s a bit narrow, so have the porter bring your bags separately.

“Sala Della Musica,” the Music Room, was our ornate home for the three days. Surprisingly, Italian classical music greeted us as we entered from the dining room. Each wall, including the ceiling, beautifully depicts events from earlier times. The great hall is the perfect creative setting. There, we immersed ourselves in historic beauty and enchanted storytelling, while we crafted our feminine wealth intentions.

The Wonderful Food in Venice, Italy

I would be remiss if I did not make a comment about the fool. One of life’s greatest pleasures is fine dining– especially in Italy. The hotel dining room serves an amazing buffet breakfast and includes fruit, eggs, meats, pastries, coffee, juices, and more. Start the day lightly or eat to the brim.  After breakfasts, a gondola will be waiting to help you float away.

Venice, ItalyAdditionally, L’Alcova Restaurant is magnificent for exclusive dining on the Canal. I suggest such gastronomic delights as risotto with prawns (fresh from the fish market daily), burrata and almonds, followed by the exquisite basil sorbet in strawberry and prosecco sauce. Wine, obviously, is served with each course.

If you’re a foodie, cross the Canal via gondola to the popular Rialto market. From morning to early afternoon, shop like a real Venetian for fresh fish and vegetables–an experience to remember! Continue meandering through quaint and international shops, and the famous Rialto Bridge. While in the area, explore for the hidden gems that may take you beyond the tourist role.

Indeed, after your shopping extravaganza is complete, cross the Canal to the other side. Celebrate your spectacular finds with unique cocktails on the rooftop terrace.

In summary, Ca’Sagredo Palace Hotel brought beauty, luxury, and joy into my life. Therefore, I know it will do the same for you.

Siamo contente!  Ciao!

Sophia Leva Marie, Travel Writer, VRTG.

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