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September 27, 2014 05:00 PM

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The historic palazzo-turned-hotel where George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin tied the knot Saturday could count as their “something old” and “something new” – and something most of us can only dream about.

Originally built as the Palazzo Papadopoli in 1550 for a wealthy trading family, the Aman Canal Grande Venice housed posh Venetians for centuries before it opened as a luxury resort in 2013.

On Friday, the resort served as the backdrop for a wedding eve celebration, with outdoor lanterns and candlelight filling the first floor, where the bride and a group of about 14 women – including her mom, Baria, and sister, Tala – enjoyed a festive evening.

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While it has plenty of modern amenities (see: the spa and fitness facilities), the hotel is steeped in history. Many of its rooms are still trimmed as they were by their 18th-century decorator – and some boast frescoes by the renowned painter Tiepolo. Guests still arrive via boat or gondola along the city’s iconic Grand Canal.

The extravagant, five-floor space was actually designed specifically for partying. When new owners began renovations in 1865, entertaining was a top priority. So, they upgraded with one of the city’s first elevators, electricity and a phone system, on top of tearing down neighboring buildings to create two private gardens.

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Located in the city’s smallest district (and one of its oldest), San Polo, the resort’s neighbors include culture-rich palaces, churches and markets.

Twenty-four rooms are available. But you better start saving up: Prices range from about $1,000 a night for a standard room to a modest $5,106.38 for a suite.

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