Here you have no idea where the city ends and where the hotel starts… The garden, with its olive trees, magnolia and pomegranate, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Once you know the history of this place – you will go to sleep enchanted.
Alma Mahler – a young lady of admirable beauty, who was dedicated to music and courted by numerous viennese artists including Alban Berg Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Adolf Loos- discovered Venice in 1897, on her first trip to Italy accompanied by her parents and Gustav Klimt (another artist madly in love with her) on the occasion of Arturo Toscanini‚s concert performance.
Only in the summer of 1922 did she return to the city for a lengthy sojourn, she decided to buy a house, situated near the Basilica dei Frari and belonging to the Soranzo family.
One day while walking, she met Oscar Kokoschka, a previous lover whose amorous story began after the death of her first husband Gustav Mahler and was abruptly interrupted in 1915 when she married Walter Gropius: I met Kokoschka by chance…he is strangely near and far to me…
After Kokoschka’s departure, Franz Werfel, a man 11 years her junior, joined her in this romantic city. They meet in 1917 and married in 1929. Venice became for Alma a refuge: