The Harrods of Italy? In 2016, architect Rem Koolhaas and friends converted one of the city’s great 16th-century palazzi (originally headquarters of the city’s German or Tedeschi merchants) into a posh department store, centered on an elegant courtyard (featuring cafe/restaurant AMO, run by the Alajmo brothers). The Rooftop Terrace has rotating art exhibitions and quite possibly the city’s greatest view of Venice. It’s worth making reservations for the terrace in advance in peak season, either on the store website or via the iPads on the third and fourth floors. The building is actually owned by Benetton and leased by the LVMH–owned luxury travel company DFS.

 

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