Ca’ Nigra, originally a textile dyehouse, in the early 1900s became the Venetian home of the ambassador, poet and latin lover Costantino Nigra, a great friend of Cavour, who made him his trusted emissary in France at the court of Napoleon III. The beautiful garden overlooking the Grand Canal, unique for its beauty and position in Venice, was given to him by his then-partner, Countess Albrizzi so that it could become their love nest away from everything and everyone.
Today the building, after a skillful restoration, has become a luxury boutique hotel with 22 rooms, and the wonderful garden, which has remained intact as at the time of its creation, is also available to external visitors for a sweet breakaway.
Book or ask at the reception for the central table by the Grand Canal and forget about the outside world by letting yourself be carried away, cuddles the lapping of the gondolas that pass slowly just a few meters from you, enjoying moments of peace and beauty.
Ca’ Nigra, located in a secret courtyard, is reachable on foot just in a few minutes from the Santa Lucia train station, or also by water, thanks to its convenient location.
We advise you to book between April and May when the beautiful rose garden is blooming, a wonder that we were unable to capture at the time of our visit, but which is really worth a “secret breakfast”.
The Ca’ Nigra project was entrusted by Count Costantino to Professor Giovanni Sardi, a famous architect of the time who also created the Hotel Excelsior on the Lido of Venice, while the garden design was personally followed by Countess Albrizzi.