THE MESMERIZING MERCHANT OF VENICE
If there were a thread running through Emanuele Garosci’s life, it would be laced with adrenaline. “Strong emotions are what I strive for,” he says, “I can’t help following them.” When he was 18, his love of risk taking compelled him towards auto racing, where he quickly reached a professional level. Today, for Garosci, being a ...
“The most precious good we offer to our guests, more than a location with stunning views and intricate interiors, is the experience of living for a few days in the Venice of the Venetians.”
... hotelier is a grown-up means of quenching that same thirst for thrills. “Palazzina Grassi was a very risky project,” he explains. “I wanted Philippe Starck, but not the one people might be familiar with. I wanted to respect Venice’s history, yet write a new page in the city’s annals. Believe me, for more than two years, and especially on the day of the opening to the press, I had rivers of adrenaline flowing through my veins.” Today, Palazzina Grassi is a haven for celebrities who come to Venice wanting to escape the cameras, the lights and the paparazzi. Garosci offers them just that: pure privacy, seclusion and no hectic schedules to cling to. “The most precious good we offer to our guests, more than a location with stunning views and intricate interiors, is the experience of living for a few days in the Venice of the Venetians.” Just a few of the personalized activities that Garosci is happy to arrange include a guided tour of Saint Mark’s Square at two in the morning aboard his boat; a private viewing of Tintoretto’s paintings in an empty museum; or, after shopping at the world’s oldest vegetable market, near the Rialto bridge, the chance to cook everything in the palace of a countess. Garosci is always looking for the next challenge, the ultimate experience. With three new projects currently in the pipeline, we can be sure they will be more than just hotels.