Aman Venice guests are exclusively invited to step inside these historic ateliers on a specially developed Artisan Tour with a knowledgeable guide whose tales and insights bring the talents and secrets of these master craftsmen to life.
Aman Venice has its secrets, too. Even the smallest details of the palazzo can unlock human stories from across the centuries. It’s easy to walk past the lantern in the lobby without a second thought, but those who take the time to find out will discover that this artefact is a survivor of the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 – the largest-scale naval conflict in history – when it stood on the deck of Admiral Coccina’s warship.
He kept it as a memento, and brought it home to his palazzo, where it stands today. An afternoon spent exploring Aman Venice is as eye-opening as exploring the city itself. Discover the secret self-portrait concealed in the wall of the Blue Room, and the stone bee on the fireplace of the Brustolon Room — details that, for generations, the Arrivabene family have touched to bring luck.
Journeys to the dawn of humanity
The history of humanity is woven into the Peloponnese. The region around Amanzoe is full of ancient secrets. In the Franchthi Cave, overlooking Kiladha Bay, for example, traces have been found that date the cave’s human history as far back as the Palaeolithic era, 38,000 BCE – making it one of the world’s oldest places of human settlement.
An hour away, the Asclepeion at Epidaurus was the most important centre of medicine in the Classical world. The sick would come from afar to spend the night in the temple’s enkoimeteria, a special dormitory where, the Greeks believed, the healer god Asclepius would visit them in their dreams to diagnose their ailments and offer guidance on the path back to good health.
The hiking trails of the Peloponnese are extraordinarily beautiful but, with minimal official signage, difficult to navigate without experience. Amanzoe’s seasoned guides escort guests to some of the most astonishing viewpoints by off-the-beaten-path routes. Follow the riverbeds and an ancient Roman aqueduct to picturesque Fourni Village; discover the legendary Katafiki Gorge, taking in historic mountain churches en route; and hike the pine forests of the Bisti Peninsula, stopping for a swim in the crystal sea, and to spy the ruins of temples to the gods Athena and Poseidon.