Venice has always been, from the outset, a cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic city. The reciprocal influences of the different cultures that have at various times shared the city are still to be found today in numerous aspects of Venetian life.

Some of the time-honoured touchstones – such as Rubelli and Fortuny’s globally renowned textiles – today embellish the interior design of the Santa Croce Hotel, where the stylish fabrics and velvet fragments take in elements from the East, from Africa and from the Americas.