Living in the stunningly beautiful Palazzo Papadopoli on the Grand Canal, Countess Bianca di Savoia Aosta Arrivabene and Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of Venice.
Once you find your way off the main street into the small alley leading to the palazzo, the bustling city of Venice starts to fade into the background. At first glance, life in this 16th century palazzo with rooms frescoed by Tiepolo seems to be quiet, distant from the rest of the city, however it’s far from the truth. Parents to five children, the task of raising them in this giant palazzo could be a handful according to Bianca, who’s also the chief representative of Christie’s in the Veneto region. Her husband, Giberto works for Aon as an insurance broker, and is the founder and designer of his eponymous company making Murano glassware.
During my visit in early June, the palazzo was especially active. It was the day before the official opening of the Aman Canal Grande, which now occupies the main part of the palazzo. Sitting in their living quarters on the top floor, Bianca and Giberto spoke about the meticulously made glassware, now available to buy at the Aman's gift shop, while reflecting on life in their home.
View from the Aman Canal Grande, Venice – Courtesy of Aman Resorts