Paying homage to the serene waters of Venice, Chef Norbert Niederkofler brings his Michelin-starred talents to the palazzo this year with a ‘Cook the Lagoon’ dining series. The unique six-course gastronomic experience is available on select dates from April to October, with each tasting menu drawing inspiration from his sustainable ‘Cook the Mountain’ philosophy established in the Dolomites.
The series at Aman Venice introduces dishes such as nettle cappelletti pasta in a seaweed and mushroom broth and others using the finest locally sourced ingredients. For those unable to attend the gastronomic events hosted by Chef Norbert, Aman Venice also serves a seasonal ‘Cook the Lagoon’ menu in the hotel’s Blue Room restaurant every evening from Tuesday to Saturday throughout the year.
Getting out on the water is part and parcel of daily life in the city and Aman Venice provides several new boating experiences this season. In the late afternoon, head west down the Grand Canal on the hotel’s elegant 1930’s Art Deco-style Venetian launch and out into the lagoon.
As the sun begins to set, pair a Lagoon Aperitivo with a selection of delicious Venetian cichetti and watch fishermen hauling in their nets in the mellow dusk light. Alternatively, enjoy a tailormade island-hopping excursion exploring the charming isles of Murano, Burano and Torcello, famous for their glass, lace and mosaics respectively.
Birdwatching can be incorporated into any boating tour, as the lagoon is the largest wetland along the Mediterranean coastline and home to prolific birdlife.
Later in the summer, boating is once again the best way to experience Redentore, a festival celebrating the city’s deliverance from the plague in 1577. Taking place on 15 July, locals and visitors alike moor decorated boats alongside each other and feast on typical Venetian fare before the climax of the evening – an incredible firework display.
The romance of La Serenissima does not preclude it from being a fantastic multi-generation destination, especially with the new family activities available at Aman Venice this summer.
Arts and crafts see little ones creating their own Venetian masks, learning to blow glass in Murano and trying their hand at the art of paper marbling. Tailored tours of the Naval History Museum bring the city’s intriguing past alive, while a real-life Game of the Goose around San Polo is an engaging and interactive way to discover the city’s sights for all ages.