Ciao Bella (insert exaggerated hand gesture here). Carnival is annually marked by an over-the-top celebration with elaborate costumes and masquerades, glittering decorations and a whole lot of inebriated revelry through the streets. Wait a minute – that sounds a lot like Vegas. And because we’re always looking for a good excuse to celebrate, the Palazzo is generously providing the atmosphere while the rest of us bring the drunken part-ay. Scratch that, this is a nice establishment so you should probably behave accordingly.
The atrium’s summer floral installation has just gone up and it’s the first time the Palazzo is celebrating the Carnivale di Venezia. After two years of state-of-the-art engineering and design, the team has built a handful of nine-foot topiary women dressed in traditional Venetian costumes (as if Italian women weren’t beautiful enough, they had to go and super-size them). Kind of makes you wish you’d paid more attention in that high school drafting class, huh?
It took a team of 20 floral designers, gardeners and engineers 1,200 hours to complete the transformation, which will be on display until the beginning of September. Each Venetian woman is decked out in a gown hand-made from thousands of different flowers that will be swapped out each month to completely change their looks. Quick-what’s the Italian word for “awesome?”
As the summer heats up, the colors will be changed to bold and brighter florals, with jewel tones in July and rich and deep hues in August that show the colorful transition from summer into fall. Although we’re not sure if they all have names, we’re secretly hoping they’re something fabulous like Valentina, Giuliana, Luciana, or Francesca. Thankfully, you no longer have to go all the way to Italy to drool over your favorite bella donna.