How many of us who love Venice can remember the moment the magic first struck?
For the Victorian art critic and writer John Ruskin (1819-1900), "The beginning of everything was in seeing the Gondola-beak come actually inside the door at Danieli's, when the tide was up, and the water two feet deep at the foot of the stairs."
The Hotel Danieli occupies what was once the 14th century Palazzo Dandolo. In 1822 Giuseppe dal Niel, a hotelier from Friuli nicknamed Danieli, rented the first floor of the palace, turning it into a hotel. Success was swift and two years later he bought the whole palace. He lavishly restored the building, transforming it into one of Venice's most prestigious hotels, which he, unsurprisingly, called 'Danieli'.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England.
Since 200I I have been living in Italy, where I run private tours of Florence, Rome &
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