Venice's Gritti Palace hotel will re-open in February 2013 following a 15-month renovation. (Unfortunately, it will not be in open in time for Carnevale which is at the end of January this year.) The palace which was originally built in 1475 as a private residence is part of Starwood's Luxury Collection. All of the hotels 61 rooms and 21 suites have undergone extensive renovations. The hotel will now be the site of the Gritti Epicurean School, according to Travel Weekly. Read more on Venice here and more about the hotel here.
Kathy McCabe, DreamofItaly.com