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A former flour mill, located on the Island of Giudecca, the Molino Stucky Hilton, reputed to be the best luxury hotel in Venice, Italy.

Built at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. The brick, neo-Gothic, 9 story high, 13-building complex was constructed entirely in brick. The mill ground 2,500 quintals of flour each day, and employed 1,500 workers. The building was expanded in 1895.

Between 1955, the year in which Mulino Stucky was definitively closed, and today, there have been dozens of projects, misfortunes, fires… Yes, fires too.

In these remains of one of Europe’s largest flourmills, electricity was introduced to Italy, the first Italian elevators began operation and Venice’s largest hotel and convention venue now stands.

The original vaporetti (Venice’s bus boats) used to be made here. An asphalt factory steamed and distilleries produced many of the whiskies for the grand hotels across the canal.

After its majestic opening and the first glorious decade of operation the Molino Stucky began a checkered history. The founder and owner (Giovanni Stucky) was murdered outside his palazzo in Venice, Palazzo Grassi. Then the mill went through a series of industrial actions by unions – once, 500 workers demanding more pay and benefits occupied the factory for more than a month. In 1955 the factory permanently closed.

For decades this massive complex of buildings remained a hulking neo-Gothic ruin until the turn of the 21st Century when construction began on the restoration of the mill complex. A partnership between the city of Venice and Hilton Hotels provided the funding to begin restoration and the metamorphosis of the old granary into a deluxe hotel and convention venue. In June 2007 the restored building began its second life as an integral part of the city’s tourism infrastructure.

The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/4
ISO 200
Focal length 18 mm

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    Magnificant capture!

  • Thank you Cheryl. I wish I could affort to stay there …

    – Tom Gomez

  • linda lowry
    linda lowryabout 5 years ago

    Notes as great as the photo, as always. It is nice learning about places I will NEVER get to see in person. Maybe if my mother wins the lottery…

  • Thank you Linda, so pleased you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 5 years ago

    What a large flour mill.. Beautiful capture.

  • Thank you Carol, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    simply superb tom

  • Thak you kindly Steve …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 5 years ago

    Totally awesome, Tom!

  • Thank you so much dear Barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    what a magnificent building and beautiful colours Tom.x

  • Thank you Catherine, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • IRISHPIX
    IRISHPIXabout 5 years ago

    Oh so fabulous Tom~

  • Thank you kindly Joe …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...about 5 years ago

    Wonderful to see beautiful old buildings fully restored. I love this city particularly at night. Love your POV here Tom, great shot !

  • Thank you so much Varinia, it is a great building …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 5 years ago

    amazing

  • Cheers Sean, appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 5 years ago
    thisi is really interesting .. excellent capture
  • Thank you Elaine …

    – Tom Gomez

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