The weather on Day Two of our Venice celebration was even better…which was a good thing since all of the planned events were outside. As I shared in the last post, my husband John and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and his 50th birthday in Venice over the Memorial Day weekend. With my love of art and design (and the idea of arriving by a sleek cigarette boat water taxi) our first stop that evening was cocktails and a private after-hours tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection for our guests followed by a short walk to the other side of Dorsoduro to have a seated 5-course dinner on Ristorante Lineadombra‘s waterside terrace.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of my favorite art museums. As it was Peggy’s former palazzo, it has a modern, yet intimate residential feeling which was intensified having the place to ourselves. I happen to really enjoy her taste in art – virtually every pieces is something I would love to have in my own home. It’s very cool seeing the photos displayed around the museum of the palazzo’s rooms and art as they were when it was her private residence. She was super chic. The one-story structure, Grand Canal terrace, and lovely inner garden courtyard add to this museum’s special charm.
Venice is undoubtedly one of the most romantic spots on the planet (maybe I’m a little biased!) and it was wonderful having our friends and family share our love of this ancient city. Dining surrounded by water on three sides overlooking the island of Giudecca and the Church of St Giorgio Maggiore as the sun set was the perfect ending to a perfect weekend celebration.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from that evening: