I just love the simplicity found in Locanda Cipriani established in 1934 by Giuseppe Cipriani, best known as the founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice. This small hotel on the Venetian island of Torcello is subdued yet elegant, with a gorgeous garden in which to dine during warmer months.
I would make the thirty minute journey by boat solely for a leisurely lunch in the garden, with views of the majestic churches and vineyards surrounding the property. But it is easy to combine with a morning visit to Burano for a quick walk-around, followed by a visit to the churches on Torcello.
Service here is old-school, yet still warm and welcoming. I recommend starting with a bellini if it’s in season. White peach puree and prosecco are the ingredients for this classic cocktail first invented at Harry’s. The food is classic Venetian and absolutely delicious, with options for those less seafood-inclined.
Hemingway fell in love with this historic inn and stayed here while writing Across the River and into the Trees, a novel set in Venice. I can’t imagine a better setting for him.