Marco and I have known each other since we were children. We grew up together, playing soccer in the streets and lazing around in some bacaro to skip school. We are like two brothers, together in every adventure and misadventure, always ready to back us up and defend ourselves. I still remember the evening of that aperitif, when in front of some shots and some good wine, he announced me that he would get married. Laura has changed his life and he decided to marry her. I will be his best man and I am excited to be at my brother’s side on one of the most important days of his life.
I close the door and breathe the fresh air of my home, Venice. I settle on my double-breasted jacket and head towards Piazza San Marco. After a couple of bridges, the square opens majestically in front of me. Although it is all very familiar to me, every day I enjoy the views, the architecture, the scents and the colors that Venice offers. While walking, I always look up to admire the Bell Tower and the Basilica and I think how lucky I am to be able to enjoy this sight every day. I move close the Palazzo Ducale and I approach the lagoon.
Wedding at the San Clemente Palace Kempinski to combine tradition and exclusivity
I immediately see the San Clemente Kempinski Palace boat that sways near the pier. I approach and the taxi driver greets me kindly, inviting me to board, waving his hand. A few minutes pass and we head towards the island of San Clemente. This island, situated in the heart of the lagoon, will be the wedding location. Marco is very attached to his origins and wanted to get married in a place close to his home, to facilitate the arrival of his guests. On the other hand, Laura wanted an exclusive and unique location. The San Clemente Palace Kempinski is the right compromise and the ideal choice.
Sitting in the San Clemente boat, I enjoy the skyline of Venice. Everything has another taste from this perspective. The lagoon never loses its charm and leaves me speechless every time. I’m alone on the boat and the sound of the waves creates a pleasant background music. I think I should take some breaks more frequently to enjoy the gifts my city offers. Slowly Venice dissolves behind me and the San Clemente island begins to take shape in front of me.
San Clemente: an oasis just ten minutes away from Venice
I get off the boat, walk a short jetty and cross the gates of the main entrance. This scenario is amazing. Well finished green gardens, flourishing vegetation and some jazz notes in the background. The concierge joins me at the gate and accompanies me to Marco. As we walk through the beautiful garden, I still don’t believe my eyes. How is it possible that this oasis of peace is only ten minutes far from Venice? On this island, I feel thrown into a fantastic parallel world. Nature, luxury, refinement … I wonder how I managed not to come here first. Before entering the hall, I see the historic church directly overlooking the lagoon; there, Marco will pronounce “Yes, I do” … wow, it’s extraordinary!
We walk along corridors of the San Clemente Palace Kempinski and I am enraptured by the historic cloisters that I see from the windows. I knock at the door of Marco’s room because in a few hours we go on stage. I help him with his twins, the knot in his tie and some chat to relax him. I’m excited too.