In addition to Ernest Hemingway, another frequent guest in the history of The Gritti Palace was the famous English novelist and short story writer W. Somerset Maugham who considered Venice amongst his preferred cities in the world. He first visited Venice in his early twenties and returned at the age of 76 when he spent a month enjoying the spectacular and dramatic views from his suite, “an intimate apartment made for newlyweds on their honeymoon” because “to Venice, at least for the first time, you must come in love..”.
Fascinated by the paintings in the Accademia of Fine Arts gallery, by the beauty and the relaxed atmosphere of the city, in a letter dated 1960 he wrote:
“There are few things in life more pleasant than to sit on the terrace of the Gritti when the sun about to set bathes in lovely colour the Salute, which almost faces you. You see that noble building at its best and the sight adds to your satisfaction.
For at the Gritti you are not merely a number as you are in those vast caravanserais that are now being built all over the world; you are a friend who has been welcomed as he stepped out of his motor boat, and when you seat down to dinner at the very same table that you sat at the year before, and the year before that, when you see that your bottle of Soave is in the ice-pail, waiting for you, as it has been, year after year, you cannot but feel very much at home.”
Inspired after this illustrious and loyal guest, the W. Somerset Maugham Royal Suite overlooks the Canal Grande, and is a celebration of the novelist’s unique artistry, irony, and passion for fine art.
With immense pleasure we share with you below historical clippings from our archives of W. Somerset Maugham’s visits to The Gritti Palace.
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