Date: November 2018
Location: The Cannaregio neighbourhood of Venice, Italy
Name: Rosewood Venice – opening 2020
No. of Keys: 50
Seller: Throughout its storied history, the palazzo has been owned by both the Dona’ and Giovannelli families and has remained a one-of-a-kind treasure within the heart of Venice.
Buyer/Owner: Italian real estate company Gruppo Barletta. Rosewood to manage this property which will be the ultra-luxury brand’s second property in Italy and eighth in Europe.
Raffaele Barletta started operating in Real Estate development in 1953 with Barletta Costruzioni and has built several projects for the private and public sector in Rome and in its hinterland, especially in the city of Latina in which the company has developed over 2,700 units.
Paolo Barletta, the current CEO, is a 31 year old Italian serial entrepreneur, investor and impact philanthropist.
In 2010 Paolo led a complete corporate reorganisation of his family business Il Gruppo Barletta and became Chief Advisor of Finance and Development Department.
To date, the company has four main business areas and a pipeline in Real Estate market of over EUR 600 m euros for the 2018-2023 period.
In parallel to Paolo’s main business, he expanded his investments in Venture Capital sector with a dedicated EUR 40 m investment vehicle named Alchimia Investments and supported by a selected group of Institutional Investors.
He is an active philanthropist and has supported remarkable initiatives dedicated to Millennials and education. In honor of his father, Paolo created the Myllennium award, which awards “under 30” young talents in different categories such as: entrepreneurship, journalism, literature, architecture and cinema.
He is also the lead donor of award winning social enterprise Kukua, which is fighting the problem of illiteracy amongst children in Sub Saharan Africa and Syrian Refugees through mobile gaming.
They are/have been involved with hotels in Rome such as The Gioberti Art Hotel, Hotel Tutto Sport and The Gioberti Hotel and a new 74 room hotel in the pipeline, yet to be announced/named.
Located in the heart of the bustling Cannaregio neighbourhood, Rosewood Venice will be housed within the magnificent fifteenth century Palazzo Dona’ Giovannelli and located near many of the city’s most legendary landmarks, including the Strada Nova, Piazza San Marco, Basilica di San Marco, and Palazzo Ducale.
Constructed in the mid-1400s by Filippo Calendario, the master architect of the stunning Palazzo Ducale, the Palazzo Dona’ Giovannelli is steeped in history, having served as the home of the Duke of Urbino as well as the venue for his son’s wedding to Princess Vittoria Farnese.
The palazzo has since undergone two renovations, the first in the 1800s by famous architect Gian Battista Meduna and the second in the mid-20th century.
Throughout its storied history, the palazzo has been owned by both the Dona’ and Giovannelli families and has remained a one-of-a-kind treasure within the heart of Venice.
Designed to preserve the building’s stunning original detailing and rich heritage while simultaneously incorporating refined and modern amenities, Rosewood Venice will feature approximately 50 guestrooms and suites inspired by the palace’s rich history and featuring stunning water views due to its dual canal frontage.
The hotel’s dramatic main entrance on the Rio di Noale is an incredible gothic feature that provides convenient water access to the first internal courtyard and to the octagonal staircase created by the celebrated architect Gian Battista Meduna, whose other work includes the renovation of the Cathedral of San Marco.
The building’s main floor, or piano nobile, is richly adorned with breath-taking frescos, stuccos, and coffered ceilings as well as magnificent fireplaces and tapestries.
A defining feature of the property are two walled courtyards, a rarity in Venice, which will offer an inviting outdoor space for dining and relaxing.
“As one of the most romantic cities in Europe, beloved for its breath-taking architecture and beautiful canals, Venice is an ideal location for Rosewood’s newest property in our rapidly expanding European portfolio,” said Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group.
“Celebrated for its integral role in the development of Italian commerce, culture, and arts, Venice is ripe with history and natural beauty. We look forward to providing guests with unrivalled access to its many treasures.”
THPT Comment: A stunning coup for Rosewood for this their second hotel in Italy and a good new hotel venture for Gruppo Barletta.
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