The historic palazzo-turned-hotel where George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin tied the knot Saturday could count as their "something old" and "something new" – and something most of us can only dream about.
Originally built as the Palazzo Papadopoli in 1550 for a wealthy trading family, the Aman Canal Grande Venice housed posh Venetians for centuries before it opened as a luxury resort in 2013.
On Friday, the resort served as the backdrop for a wedding eve celebration, with outdoor lanterns and candlelight filling the first floor, where the bride and a group of about 14 women – including her mom, Baria, and sister, Tala – enjoyed a festive evening.
While it has plenty of modern amenities (see: the spa and fitness facilities), the hotel is steeped in history. Many of its rooms are still trimmed as they were by their 18th-century decorator – and some boast frescoes by the renowned painter Tiepolo. Guests still arrive via boat or gondola along the city's iconic Grand Canal.
The extravagant, five-floor space was actually designed specifically for partying. When new owners began renovations in 1865, entertaining was a top priority. So, they upgraded with one of the city's first elevators, electricity and a phone system, on top of tearing down neighboring buildings to create two private gardens.
Located in the city's smallest district (and one of its oldest), San Polo, the resort's neighbors include culture-rich palaces, churches and markets.
Twenty-four rooms are available. But you better start saving up: Prices range from about $1,000 a night for a standard room to a modest $5,106.38 for a suite.
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