‘perfectly manicured gardens just a boat ride from the square, welcome to Belmond Hotel Cipriani’
Are we still in Venice? Yes we are, just a five minute boat ride across the lagoon from San Marco square to the island of Giudecca. This luxury retreat make a wonderful getaway from the hassle of Venice, if you are looking for a leisurly afternoon to unwind and slow down. Hotel Cipriani shares its lush grounds and perfectly manicured gardens that make an amazing post lunch stroll under the rose-covered arches. Did you know that the hotel was opened by Giuseppe Cipriani (1958), the man who founded Harry’s Bar and invented the Bellini cocktail. We tested a Bellini in Harry’s bar and I will tell you, it was exceedingly refreshing and a gorgeous pale pink. My friend and I enjoyed lunch in the restaurant, had a garden salad from their own produce and topped it off with some cod fish. Later we enjoyed some afternoon tea by the poolside with some sweets. Dressed in blue hues and a loose droopy knot, Cipriani is as elegant as I thought it would be making it a dreamy spot for a momentary hide away.