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Discover the Metropole Hotel, which was once the place where Antonio Vivaldo wrote Estro Armonico op.III, Concertoes, and Four Seasons.

Metropole Hotel was constructed between the 14th and 17th centuries, in which novel approaches to art and science spread throughout Europe.

In his famous map of Venice, De Barbari included a building identifiable as the present-day Hotel Metropole. A chapel was added to the original building in 1686, where Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) gave music lessons and from his masterpieces, Estro Armonico op.III, Concertoes, and Four Seasons. Restoration work on the building subsequently began in 1745, with a new chapel being constructed some 15 years later. Known as Santa Maria della Visitazione, or la Pietà, it was designed by Giorgio Massari and built next to the site of the present hotel. The location underwent a massive restoration project in 1880 that saw it transformed into a hotel called “Casa Kirsch.” Over the next several decades, the hotel rose in prominence as being among the best in Venice. The hotel was even listed as such in a 1897 copy of A. Muller's Pocket Guide to Venice and Its Surroundings. Several renowned luminaries from around the world even visited the hotel, including Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Mann. The building continued its prestigious reputation long after World War II ended, even as the hotel transited to new ownership during the 1960s. Pierluigi and Elisabeth Beggiato acquired the location in 1968, who created the unique atmosphere that defines the Metropole Hotel to this very day. The Beggiato’s subsequently oversaw the expansion of the building to include ten new guestrooms, as well as the preservation of its medieval helicoidal staircase. Management of this fantastic holiday destination passed on to their daughter, Gloria, in 2000, who continued their legacy of providing world-class hospitality. Today, the Metropole Hotel is one of the top vacation retreats in the ancient city of Venice.

  • Famous Historic Guests +
    Sigmund Freud, world-renowned neurologist and psychoanalyst. Marcel Proust, celebrated French author known for his work In Search of Lost Time. Thomas Mann, famed novelist and laureate for the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature (1929)

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