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A stunning boutique hotel housed within the last surviving walled vineyard in Venice, Venissa Wine Resort makes for an enchanting hideaway. The hotel sits on Mazzorbo, one of two small islands at the heart of the Northern Lagoon Park just a half-hour boat journey from the city centre. The Venissa estate has been preserved over the centuries firstly as a convent vegetable garden, then as a domestic vineyard and today it offers guests the chance to visit a protected agricultural area of incredible merit.
The entire Venissa estate is enclosed in 18th century walls and features original buildings including the manor house where guests stay, cellars, the stable, the barn and the outbuildings. It is here that the Bisol Family decided to replant the Dorona grape variety, the golden grape of the Doges, cultivated for centuries in Venice and almost lost in time. The gorgeous vintage is now served beside elegant fine-dining in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. The peace and tranquillity of this magical place makes Venissa a relaxing base for guests wanting to visit Venice and the beauty of the ancient islands from which the city rose up.
A real treat for foodies, Venissa Wine Resort has two restaurants serving exceptional food. Enjoy fine dining at the more formal Michelin-starred Venissa Restaurant, where chef Francesco Brutto serves sophisticated twists on Italian favourites. Many of the ingredients are sourced locally, with all of the vegetables coming from the hotel’s own vegetable garden. For a more casual meal, enjoy traditional Venetian fare such as cicchetti (Venetian-style tapas) at the Osteria. Needless to say, all meals should be accompanied by a bottle of local wine.
The 6 contemporary rooms at Venissa are situated in the manor house and take their names from the islands in the Northern Lagoon Park. A different view can be enjoyed from each room: some look directly out on to the Venice Lagoon, whilst others look onto the ancient walled estate and the island of Burano. Many of the rooms feature original details such as exposed beams and panelled ceilings, whilst others have hand-painted antiques.
Venissa is located on Mazzorbo island, in the heart of the Northern Lagoon Park, a tranquil spot of salt-marsh and seawater where life has remained much the same for centuries. Meander through the pretty pastel-coloured streets of Burano, a small fishing village linked by a wooden footbridge to Mazzorbo island. The fishermen’s wives are famed for their lace needlework, and if you’re lucky you’ll have the chance to see them at work and perhaps bring a souvenir home.
The surrounding islands were among the first to be settled by the Venetians. Many of them are now deserted, leaving behind ghostly reminders of a once glorious past. Visit the stunning cathedral on Torcello; one of the oldest edifices in Venice, it boasts stunning Byzantine frescos and iconography.