With the 2018 carnival season about to kick off, Rough Guides author and photographer, Kiki Deere, revisits one of Europe's most colourful festivals: Venice Carnival. Venice's tradition of Carnival was only revived in 1979 after falling out of fashion for a number of years, but Venetian masks have a long and intriguing history – thanks to a rigid caste system and a desire to indulge in vices that encouraged anonymity.
This 15th-century Ventian palazzo is situated on the most eye-catching stretch of the Grand Canal, looking across the water to Santa Maria della Salute, one of Venice’s greatest churches, and to the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, home to the Guggenheim Museum. On the land side, the hotel occupies a peaceful campo (small square) away from the bustle but still just moments from Calle Largo XXII Marzo, one of the main thoroughfares in this part of city.
With a minimal-retro feel to its 49 rooms, suites and apartments, this stylish addition to Venice’s hotel scene is located on the Grand Canal, behind the marvellous Rialto produce market. It's discreet but handy for visiting the sights; just one bridge away from the nearest vaporetto stop, Rialto Mercato. This hotel is slick and contemporary, its décor retro and its theme – orologio means ‘clock’ or ‘watch’ – not applied too heavy handedly.
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