EMANUELE GAROSCI

Emanuele Garosci, owner of the PalazzinaG Hotel in Venice, Italy. The Bear and Rabbbit on a rock art piece by Paul McCarthy.
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THE MESMERIZING MERCHANT OF VENICE

Emanuele Garosci’s PalazzinaG in Venice is not only a magnet for A-list celebrities, it redefines the very concept of luxury in this ancient capital.

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.”
EMANUELE GAROSCI
A view of the Palazzina Grassi Hotel taken from the opposite side of the canal in Venice, Italy.
Inside one of the White bedrooms of the Palazzina Grassi Hotel in Venice, Italy. Inside the art gallery at the Palazzina Grassi Hotel showing the art piece, The Horse by Maurizio Cattelan from 2007.
A sculpture called Boy with Frog by Charles Ray from 2009 in Venice, Italy.

... hotelier is a grown-up means of quenching that same thirst for thrills. “PalazzinaG 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, PalazzinaG 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.

Inside view of the dining room looking onto the canal at the Palazzina Grassi Hotel in Venice, Italy. A view of one of the 18 bedrooms at the Palazzina Grassi Hotel in Venice, Italy. Inside view of the dining room looking onto the canal at the Palazzina Grassi Hotel in Venice, Italy.
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