The storied elegance of Palazzo Papadopoli
Photography by Alexander Ingham-Brooke
Words by Chris Wallace
Aman Venice, Italy
According to local legend, it was 1600 years ago, in 421AD, that a band of exiles fled the mainland, and the marauder Attila, to find solace in the netherworld that is the Venetian lagoon. Like something out of fairy tale, this shifting, shallow tidal waterworld, would maroon all but the most knowledgeable of navigators trying to make sense of its hidden channels and passages. From this point, the exiles would, in the centuries to come, go on to build one of the richest and singular civilizations of the modern era. On those days the great expeditions departed, whether it was Marco Polo on his way to China, or the blind Doge Dandolo setting out for Constantinople on the 4th crusade, the powerful merchant princes of the Venetian oligarchy would stand on the bridge they’d constructed over the rio alto and watch their investments put out to sea.