Ca’ Sagredo in Venice: Opulently Magnificent

Ca' Sagredo is a stunningly amazing 15th century Noble Palazzo, a gorgeous 5 star luxury hotel along the Grand Canal, a national monument, and a much acclaimed member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

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The grand hall or Portego of the Noble floor at Ca' Sagredo in Venice. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

VENICE, Italy, July 18, 2016 – Ca’ Sagredo is an astonishing 15th century noble palazzo in a spectacular location along the Grand Canal, literally around the bend from the Rialto Bridge in the beautiful Cannaregio district, or sestieri, of Venice. The ancestral home of the noble family Sagredo since the 1800s, Ca’ Sagredo is one of the world’s most astonishing five-star hotels and an acclaimed member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Ca' Sagredo as seen from the Grand Canal. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Ca’ Sagredo as seen from the Grand Canal (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Opened in 2007, just across the Grand Canal from the world famous Rialto fish market, and right next door to the extraordinary Ca d’Oro museum, Ca’ Sagredo is like a world unto itself.

The street entrance to Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The street entrance to Ca’ Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Extravagant rooms, suites and a ballroom on the third floor are as stunning as they are opulent, with thunderously grand staircases and massive restored ceiling frescoes from the 17th century.

The grand marble staircase at Ca' Sagredo leading to the Portego and the Noble floor. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The grand marble staircase at Ca’ Sagredo leading to the Portego and the Noble floor (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

With a total of 42 gorgeous rooms, an impeccable location, extraordinarily elegant furnishings and the exquisite restaurant L’Alcova, Ca’ Sagredo takes the luxury Venetian hotel experience to sensational new heights.

The lobby at Ca' Sagredo as seen from the balcony of the 2nd floor. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The lobby at Ca’ Sagredo as seen from the balcony of the second floor (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The lobby has the air of a stylish museum, with polished Venetian tile floors, marble walls and a 30-foot ceiling surrounded by the interior balconies of the second floor, and a gigantic carved wooden masterpiece for a front desk.

The entrance to Ca' Sagredo from the Grand Canal. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The entrance to Ca’ Sagredo from the Grand Canal (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Entering the hotel by motoscarfo from the Grand Canal is like being transported into the golden age of Venezia and being swallowed up by the grandeur of the ancient Palazzo.

The Grand staircase off the lobby of Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The grand staircase off the lobby of Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Just off the lobby is the grand staircase designed and completed by architect Andrea Tirali in 1732, leading to the noble rooms on the third floor of the hotel.

Mural on the domed ceiling of the grand staircase at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Mural on the domed ceiling of the grand staircase at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

This impossibly beautiful vaulted chamber stretches 50 feet to the top of a spectacular fresco-covered domed ceiling painted in 1734 by Pietro Longhi depicting “The Fall of the Giants.”

"Fall of the Giants' by Pietro Longhi, 1734. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
“Fall of the Giants” by Pietro Longhi, 1734 (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The frescoes themselves, almost 300 years old, have been meticulously restored to near mint condition.

Frescoe on the ceiling of the Grand Staircase. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Fresco on the ceiling of the Grand Staircase (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Marble cherubs by Venetian sculptor Francesco Bertos guard the entrance to the staircase, their eyes darting upward to the curved walls at the top of the chamber.

Marble cherubs from 1734 by Francesco Bertos. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Marble cherubs from 1734 by Francesco Bertos (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Marble staircase leading to the grand Portego. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Marble staircase leading to the grand Portego (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Climbing the ornate marble stairs leads to the Portego, the great hall of the noble floor, a 150-foot long chamber with 20-foot ceilings and thick wooden beams hung with a series of ancient Murano Glass chandeliers that set the room ablaze with light.

The Portego, the great hall of the Noble floor at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The Portego, the great hall of the Noble floor at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Paintings by Andrea Urbani line the walls in the grand Portego at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Paintings by Andrea Urbani line the walls in the grand Portego at Ca’ Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Ornate canvasses painted by Andrea Urbani from 1774 to 1780, depicting ruins and landscapes, hang from the walls down the length of the chamber, leading to floor-to-ceiling leaded windows that overlook the glory of the Grand Canal.

Leaded glass floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Grand Canal in the Portego of Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Leaded glass floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the Grand Canal in the Portego of Ca’ Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Just off the Portego is a series of glorious chambers leading to the grand Music Ballroom. The first chamber, a sitting room with coffee tables and newspapers, is roughly 50 feet long with deceptively plain cream plastered ceilings with pink cornices at the corners.

The sitting room leading to the breakfast chamber and the Music Ballroom at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The sitting room leading to the breakfast chamber and the Music Ballroom at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

This leads to two rectangular chambers, the first with ornate pink plaster cornices and the second with swirling gold leaf patterns, and both with ancient 30-foot square ceiling murals painted in the 1700s.

"The Defeat of Vices" by Nicole Bambini, from the early 17th century. (Photo by Alison Reynolds
“The Defeat of Vices” by Nicole Bambini, from the early 17th century (Photo by Alison Reynolds

As impossible as it is to believe, these are the breakfast rooms, incredibly ornate with gorgeous Venetian tile and 20-foot ceilings. It is like being invited to breakfast with Leonardo da Vinci at the home of the Doge.

The breakfast room at Ca' Sagredo. Note the pink stucco crown molding from the 18th century. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The breakfast room at Ca’ Sagredo. Note the pink stucco crown molding from the 18th century. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Close up of Bambini's "The Defeat of Vices". (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Close-up of Bambini’s “The Defeat of Vices” (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

One mural, by Nicole Bambini in the 17th century, “The Defeat of Vices,” is surrounded by elegant pink stucco from the 18th century, while the other is a blue- tinted masterwork by Giambattista Tiepolo surrounded by golden stucco.

Ceiling mural by Giambattista Tiepolo in the breakfast room at Ca'Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Ceiling mural by Giambattista Tiepolo in the breakfast room at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Tiepolo ceiling mural surrounded by golden stucco in the breakfast room at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Tiepolo ceiling mural surrounded by golden stucco in the breakfast room at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Sipping hot coffee and dining on sausage and eggs while gazing up at the ceiling is completely surreal, as opera music swirls in the background in what is surely a delirium dream.

Ornate double doors leading from the Music Ballroom looking down the hallway past the breakfast rooms. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Ornate double doors lead from the Music Ballroom down the hallway past the breakfast rooms. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The grand Music Ballroom at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The grand Music Ballroom at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Following the strains of opera to its source leads through ornate double doors into the Grand Music Ballroom itself, a fabulous 60-foot square chamber with a 30-foot vaulted domed ceiling, whose walls and ceiling are completely covered with frescoes from the 16th century attributed to Gaspare Diziani.

The stunning ceiling frescoes of Gaspare Dizziani in the Music Ballroom at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The stunning ceiling frescoes of Gaspare Dizziani in the Music Ballroom at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The Music Ballroom at Ca' Sagredo set up for a conference meeting. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The Music Ballroom at Ca’ Sagredo set up for a conference meeting (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

This stunning ballroom is used for weddings, special events, concerts, parties and receptions, in a setting as immaculately beautiful as it is sumptuously overwhelming.

Gold leaf chandeliers set against the ceiling fresco of the Music Ballroom at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Gold leaf chandeliers set against the ceiling fresco of the Music Ballroom at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
A panoramic view of the grand Music Ballroom at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
A panoramic view of the grand Music Ballroom at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The Music Ballroom at Ca' Sagredo ablaze with light from gold lief chandeliers. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The Music Ballroom at Ca’ Sagredo ablaze with light from gold leaf chandeliers (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The curvature of the walls at the corners is seamless, drawing the mind into the illusion of a dome, dazzling in its glory, lit by gold leaf chandeliers, brilliance emanating across time from centuries old ceiling frescoes brought to life.

Cannaregio as seen from the window of the Music Ballroom at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Cannaregio as seen from the window of the Music Ballroom at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

A window in the corner of the ballroom looks down on the main street of the Cannaregio district, which bustles with shops and restaurants, including the fabulous local favorite Vini di Gigio. Filled with quaint alleys and hideaways, Cannaregio is a bucolic and serene corner of Venice, far from the thronging masses at St. Mark’s Square.

The serene streets of Cannaregio sestieri outside Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The serene streets of Cannaregio sestieri outside Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Hotel manager Lorenza Lain is a force of nature who continually sustains the vision of Ca’ Sagredo as a classic Venetian experience in overwhelming surroundings amidst the immaculate settings of this transcendent 15th-century palace. She succeeds magnificently.

Hotel manager extraordinaire Lorenza Lain in the grand Portego of Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Hotel manager extraordinaire Lorenza Lain in the grand Portego of Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Rooms throughout Ca’ Sagredo are stunning, sumptuously furnished, with a presidential suite and several historical suites that are simply jaw-dropping.

The stunning Library Suite at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The stunning Library Suite at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The Library Suite, once the personal chamber of the Sagredo family, is fully restored with gold interiors, 30- foot ceilings and incredible furnishings. The second-floor balcony wraps around a regal suite overlooking the Grand Canal.

The balcony of the Library Suite still filled with the personal collection of the Sagredo family from the 18th century. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The balcony of the Library Suite is still filled with the personal collection of the Sagredo family from the 18th century. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The bedchamber of the Art Suite with its 18th century stucco ceiling. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The bedchamber of the Art Suite with its 18th-century stucco ceiling (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The ceiling over the bedchamber of the Art Suite at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The ceiling over the bedchamber of the Art Suite at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The Art Suite, a series of glorious rooms that were once the Casino Sagredo, is adorned with detailed fresco ceilings from the 17th century, fully restored and dazzling, a chamber of unsurpassed opulence overlooking the interior garden.

Stucco leopard from the 17th century in the Art Suite at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Stucco leopard from the 17th century in the Art Suite at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The Presidential Suite at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The presidential suite at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The presidential suite occupies a full corner of the third floor, with 20-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling Venetian windows and a regal air of luxury and style.

The Junior Suite overlooking the Grand Canal at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The junior suite overlooking the Grand Canal at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
View from the corner window of the Junior Suite of the Grand Canal. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
View from the corner window of the junior suite of the Grand Canal (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The junior suite at the corner of the palazzo on the second floor is simply beautiful, with windows overlooking the Grand Canal in two directions, a balcony with views of the historic Rialto sea food market across the Grand Canal, and a string of gondola bobbing outside in the water just below the window.

View from the window of the Junior Suite at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
View from the window of the junior suite at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The walls of the junior suite are covered with an understated green damask cloth, the ancient hardwood floors decorated by antique rugs, and Murano glass light fixtures throughout the room.

The world famous Rialto fish market directly across the Grand Canal from Ca' Sagredo, as seen from the window of the Junior Suite. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The world-famous Rialto fish market directly across the Grand Canal from Ca’ Sagredo, as seen from the window of the junior suite (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The sitting area of the Junior Suite at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The sitting area of the junior suite at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

A large cream-colored couch with gold trim adorns the sitting area of this gorgeous room, and gold leaf gilt antique mirrors hang in both the room and the marble covered bathroom.

Gondola lined up along the Grand Canal as dusk settles on Venice, as seen from the window of the Junior Suite. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Gondolas lined up along the Grand Canal as dusk settles on Venice, as seen from the window of the junior suite (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
A traghetti crossing the Grand Canal from the Rialto market to Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
A traghetti crossing the Grand Canal from the Rialto market to Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
A traghetti crosses the Grand Canal between the Rialto fish market and Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
A traghetti crosses the Grand Canal between the Rialto fish market and Ca’ Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

A traghetti takes customers by Gondola from Ca’ Segredo to the Rialto Market across the Grand Canal for the price of two euros, easily the most affordable gondola ride in Venice.

The traghetti is a 2 euro gondola ride across the Grand Canal and the best bargain in Venice. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The traghetti is a two-euro gondola ride across the Grand Canal and the best bargain in Venice. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

A rooftop patio has views stretching all across the red-tiled expanse of San Polo sestieri as the sun begins to set. Special dinners and events are frequently held here, with a 360-degree Venetian panorama as the backdrop.

The world famous Rialto fish market at dusk as seen from the rooftop patio of Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
The world famous Rialto fish market at dusk as seen from the rooftop patio of Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Sunset over San Polo sestieri as seen from the rooftop patio of Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Sunset over San Polo sestieri as seen from the rooftop patio of Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Dinner at the restaurant L’Alcova is a fine dining extravaganza with an innovative menu under the guidance of executive chef Damiano Bassano.

L' Alcova Restaurant at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
L’ Alcova Restaurant at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Service at L' Alcova is precise and exceptional. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Service at L’ Alcova is precise and exceptional. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

A platter of crudo is a wonderland of different crustaceans, shrimp, prawns, squill (a form of langoustine), as well as sea bream and tuna tartare. This Venetian delicacy has gained wildly in popularity, and is amazing for the sheer variety of seafood, which melt elegantly in the mouth.

Crudo of shrimp, prawns, and squill at L' Alcova Restaurant at Ca' Sagredo. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Crudo of shrimp, prawns, and squill at L’ Alcova Restaurant at Ca’ Sagredo (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Lobster Caprese at L'Alcova. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Lobster Caprese at L’Alcova (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Lobster Caprese is an exceptional opening dish, and the fresh tagliatelle homemade pasta with venison ragout is a delightful taste sensation.

Homemade tagliatelle with venison ragout. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Homemade tagliatelle with venison ragout (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
A platter of grilled fish fresh from the Rialto fish market at L' Alcova. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
A platter of grilled fish fresh from the Rialto fish market at L’ Alcova (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

A platter of grilled fish from the Rialto market is the classic Venetian dining experience, the fish tender and succulent, flaky and flavorful.

Grilled squash, zucchini, and mushrooms from the vegetarian menu at L' Alcova. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Grilled squash, zucchini, and mushrooms from the vegetarian menu at L’ Alcova (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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