What’s New in Italy? Hotels and Restaurants
G-ROUGH (5*) ALL SUITE HOTEL IN ROME
The exclusive luxury hotel G-Rough, located in the heart of the Eternal City near Piazza Navona, features 4 categories for a total of 10 unparalleled suites, each featuring original style yet conveying a custom-crafted experience. Every bedroom is equipped with a king size bed and annexed living room with a comfortable lounge area. Wooden ceilings, patina walls and parquet flooring when combined exudes a Fellini-esque visual landscape creating a perfect mix of fantasy and baroque styles. Moreover each bathroom offers exclusive amenities, mosaic floors and either walk-in shower or bathtub. www.g-rough.com
LEONE BLU (5*) – ALL SUITE HOTEL IN FLORENCE
The Leone Blu, housed in the Palazzo Ricasoli on the Lungarno Corsini in Florence was known in the 19th century as the Grand Hotel de New York, popular especially to the American tourists on the “Grand Tour” ofEurope. Originally built in the 16th century by the noble Ricasoli family, the hotel now offers 9 suites decorated in different styles with original frescoes and antiques as well as new designs. The Leone Blu is also a state-of-the-art meeting centre offering 2 stunning meeting rooms.
NH COLLECTION TAORMINA HOTEL (5*) IN TAORMINA
The NH Collection Taormina Hotel is the result of a careful restoration work of a 20th century palazzo in the centre of Taormina in Sicily. The hotel offers 63 rooms where the modern touches combine with traditional materials such as lava stone features. The hotel also offers three meeting rooms and a terrace overlooking the sea and Mount Etna, a panoramic gourmet restaurant and a spa.
FILARIO HOTEL AND RESIDENCES ON LAKE COMO
Design Hotels has recently inaugurated their new luxury Hotel and Apartments in Lezzeno, on Lake Como, the Filario Hotel and Residences. The design is contemporary and refined complemented by the magnificent views over Lake Como. The hotel offers 21 rooms and apartments, all with a private terrace, Bistro’ Restaurant, Reall Spa and gym. www.filario.it
BW HOTEL MILTON (4*) IN ROME
The new Hotel Milton is situated in the San Giovanni area of Rome, just 10 minutes from the Colosseum and the San Giovanni in Laterano Basilica. The Hotel is housed in a 18th century ex-convent and has been completely re-styled to offer 92 rooms equipped with all the modern comforts, free wi-fi, meeting rooms and bar.
RE-OPENINGS AND NEW SERVICES
TURIN PALACE HOTEL (4*) IN TURIN
The luxury Turin Palace Hotel in the centre of Turin has re-opened after 7 years of closure and an extensive renovation work. The hotel is housed in a 19th century palazzo and now offers 127 elegantly furnished rooms, a gourmet restaurant, bar and spa area. www.turinpalace.info
T SPA AT THE GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO (5*) – LAKE COMO
The new T Spa has been recently inaugurated at the historic Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como. The Spa occupies the old Villa Emilia dating back to the 18th century and comprises: 5 treatment rooms, hamman, nail bar and infinity pool over a 1000 sqm area, a gym on 3 floors, one dedicated to yoga and Pilates, one to fitness and one to cardio. The relax area overlooks the lake with magnificent views of the lake and mountains. www.grandhoteltremezzo.com
UPDATES AT THE BYBLOS ART HOTEL (5* de luxe), near Verona
The Byblos Art Hotel, previously known as Villa Amista’ is situated in the heart of the Valpolicella wine area near Verona and has been recently updated to the highest standards of design and comfort. The Hotel is housed in a 16th century villa and hosts a permanent exhibition of contemporary art, a gourmet restaurant, bar and wine cellar, mosaic tiled spa area, outdoor swimming pool and relaxation area. The guests can also visit the magnificent park and Italian garden. www.byblosarthotel.com
ARGENTARIO RESORT AND SPA IN TUSCANY (5*)
The Argentario resort and spa has been recently updated and new features added.
The luxury resort includes 73 rooms and 1 cottage with an incredible view over the golf course, Monte Argentario’s landscape or Orbetello Lagoon. Each modern design accommodation features a terrace and the latest technologies.
Located next to Porto Ercole, this 5-star hotel is surrounded by cork-oak woods and centuries-old olive trees in Tuscany’s Maremma area, home to hares, deer, squirrels, wild boars and a variety of bird species. For outdoor sports lovers, the resort offers three tennis courts, a football field and jogging trails.
The range of services is completed by the gourmet Dama Dama Restaurant which offers local cuisine through wholesome and tasty dishes that are prepared with local products. The 2.700 m² spa includes a fitness centre with Technogym equipment, bio-sauna with chromotherapy, Kneipp circuit, heated indoor swimming pool with saline water, 6 massage cabins and tanning showers, among many other services. A splendid golf course completes the offer.
NEW EATALY FOOD STORE NOW OPEN IN CENTRE OF ROME
The second Eataly store has opened on 9 July in Piazza della Repubblica in the centre of Rome, this is the second store after the one in the Ostiense area. The store is easily accessible from Termini Station and located near the Diocletian Thermal Baths. The store is 1500sqm with 7 eating establishments and offers more than 2000 high quality food and drink products. http://www.eataly.net/it_it/negozi/roma-repubblica/
TERRAZZA AT THE TRIENNALE IN MILAN
The new restaurant Terrazza Triennale, designed by milanese architecture firm OBR, takes a new look at Triennale tradition with a light solution that is both meticulous and dynamic. Going up onto the panoramic terrace of the Palazzo dell’Arte, guests enter a transparent conservatory surrounded by lush green, suspended over the Parco Sempione, with a spectacular view of the Castello Sforzesco and the entire skyline of Milan. The Michelin-starred chef, Stefano Cerveni, guides a team of professionals, offering his great classics, with a modern take on traditional Italian dishes, while remaining faithful to the core concept behind them: raw materials that confirm their close ties with the land and with Italy. http://www.triennale.org/it/visita/terrazza-triennale#.VZ-j8flVikp
PAVAROTTI MILANO RESTAURANT & MUSEUM
This restaurant dedicated to the late Opera star tenor Luciano Pavarotti has been inaugurated on 11 June on the fourth floor at N.21 Piazza Duomo in Milan. The restaurant is spread over 600sqm, has seven rooms all dedicated to different aspects of Pavarotti’s life and artistic achievements and decorated with photos, original record covers, souvenirs of the great tenor. The food served is the food Luciano Pavarotti loved, with recipes from his home town of Modena such as: Parma ham and salami, tortelloni, tagliatelle with ragu’, zabaglione and more. www.pavarottimilano.com
BAR LUCE at FONDAZIONE PRADA IN MILAN
Designed by film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè. Some architectural and decorative details from the original structure have been preserved, such as the arched ceiling, which recreates a ‘miniature’ version of the vaulted glass roof of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of Milan’s symbolic buildings. Other key elements of the Galleria are replicated inside, creating a sort of patterned decoration for the top half of the bar.
In keeping with the interior design, the seats, formica furniture, floor, veneered wood wall panels and the range of colours employed are reminiscent of Italian popular culture and aesthetics from the 1950s and 1960s.The bar can be accessed directly from Via Orobia, and is meant to be a hotspot for the general public, as well as a regular neighbourhood hangout. http://www.fondazioneprada.org/barluce-en/?lang=en
IRENE RESTAURANT IN FLORENCE
The name of this new restaurant at the Forte Hotel Savoy in the centre of Florence is an homage to Lord Rocco Forte’s wife Irene. Fulvio Pierangelini, the former owner and chef of the famous Gambero Rosso Restaurant and holder of 2 Michelin stars has teamed up with another up and coming chef , Giovanni Cosmai, to devise traditional but at the same time innovative dishes that draw inspiration from the classic Tuscan cuisine such as: pappa al pomodoro, stracciatella, pollo con patate and zabaglione. https://www.roccofortehotels.com/it/hotels-and-resorts/hotel-savoy/restaurants-and-bars/irene
CASA PERBELLINI in Verona
Two star Michelin chef Giancarlo Perbellini has recently opened its new restaurant in the very heart of Verona, Piazza San Zeno and where you can dine al fresco in the summer months. Local ingredients are king in Perbellini’s dishes as is the intimate atmosphere created by the chef by placing the kitchen at the centre of the restaurant.