Italy was our first destination ever since Corona had put the world on hold. From our Dutch government there are many travel restrictions in place, which leaves very few destinations, all within Europe, open for us to travel to. Early September, Italy was one of the few places we could freely travel to. That plus the fact that we had never properly explored Italy before, made us decide to choose Italy as next destination.
Once we decided we really wanted to explore the Dolomites and Northern Italy, we also decided that Venice should be on our itinerary this trip. Venice is one of those places that was always on the back of our mind, but just never happened for some reason.
The travel industry has been hit hard by the corona crisis, popular places like Venice rapidly became deserted and somehow unrecognizable due to this crisis. Travelling now means you’re one of the very few tourists in town. I hate big crowds, so in a way I liked walking through an empty Venice, but at the same time it’s very sad. Just the many cruise boats that used to come every day account for a few thousand tourists, they all stay away now.
It’s now a very luxurious and high end hotel, with a prime waterfront location. It almost feels it was always built to be a classy hotel. But that is certainly not the case. Before the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice became a hotel, it was once one of Europe’s largest flour mills. Founded by Giovanni Stucky who constructed this industrial flour mill on Venice’s Giudecca Island.
The mill produced some of the greatest yields of flour in all of Europe. At its peak the mill employed 1500 people, making Stucky quickly one of the wealthiest people in Venice. Although it was first built as a flour mill, it later also operated as a pasta factory.
In the mid-2000’s the company went into partnership with the Hilton Hotels, with a major plan to turn it into a hotel with 379 rooms and a rooftop swimming pool. The complex opened in 2007 and as of today still houses the Hilton Molino Stucky, a five-star hotel. Peacefully and quietly located at the Giudecca Island overlooking the main island of Venice. This Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel is located across the grand canal with a luxurious waterfront location and private boat dock.
Getting to and from the hotel is actually really easy. As you may know, cars are not allowed in Venice, and I honestly wouldn’t know how to use cars in Venice either. Anyway, arriving by car means you have to leave your car just outside of Venice. Our recommendation is to park your car at the Interparking Tronchetto. A huge carpark with direct access to ACTV public transport (water busses). Plus a real bonus, the Hilton offers a 20% discount voucher for this parking facility. You can request the voucher at the hotel directly from the concierge.