THE ARTY

We start our journey at this urban resort made up of 16 unique guestrooms and suites which have been built around a 17th-century private home which is in the heart of Old Lecce. This is a modern-day masseria with olive trees surrounding the swimming pool is an homage to Antonia Fiermonte, the owner’s grandmother. This house is a fusion of traditional Puglia design and contemporary accents and here you will find a mix of rare antiques and contemporary artwork belonging to the family, including pieces by Courboisier, Perriand and Tobia Scarpa with Italian furniture and custom textiles.

 

Available here, guests can enjoy Free WiFi throughout, on-site parking, flat screen TV, WiFi, minibar with free bottled water, and sound system. There is a pool, a spa and outside spaces for that summer’s day of just lazing about the pool.

 

TIPS & SUGGESTIONS:

  • A long 3 to 4-night weekend break to Lecce would be a wonderful break and come highly recommended

  • Experience a typical cooking class learning authentic traditional recipes with some wine tasting thrown in

  • A visit to some good wineries with some wine and olive oil tastings

  • Horse riding

  • A private walking tour of this baroque beauty

  • A long 3 to 4-night weekend break to Lecce would be a wonderful break and come highly recommended

  • Experience a typical cooking class learning authentic traditional recipes with some wine tasting thrown in

  • A visit to some good wineries with some wine and olive oil tastings

  • Horse riding

  • A private walking tour of this baroque beauty

 
 
 

 

 

 

This is truly one of a kind experience. Just a short walk from the Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso, and The Spanish Steps, in the very heart of the city, this 5-star luxury boutique hotel is the ideal base to explore the beautiful capital while enjoying top-notch contemporary accommodation. A thoughtful restoration has turned this Our next art hotel is located in the eternal city of Rome 19th century nobleman's palace into an elegant and refined hotel; the noble lines, that look of an aristocratic home, all this have been preserved creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. With impressive pieces of contemporary artwork made by some of the most important artists of the Italian scene and designer furnishings are throughout the common areas and suites. With its permanent and temporary exhibits, each room becomes a small private gallery, “yours" for a few days.

 

With a panoramic rooftop garden, Michelin star restaurant where chef Alessandro Narducci invites you and a lounge bar. Add an open-air fitness area technogym and you have the ideal place in Rome to stay. 

 

TIPS & SUGGESTIONS:

  • Check out Galleria Borghese - Its collections are housed in a magnificent 17th-century villa and offer a compact course in the Italian aesthetic. In just 20 rooms, you are exposed to antiquities, the Renaissance and the beginnings of baroque art. Visits to the Galleria in the northeast corner of the sprawling Villa Borghese park are by reservation, which allows you the pleasure of seeing the Bernini sculptures from every angle without being crowded out. This is what Nancy says…. Other items: we did want to go to the Borghese Gallery, but when we went to book tickets (which we knew needed to be done ahead of time) there was no availability for more than a week a week out. I would recommend that you advise clients to book the visit right away, or before, they arrive in Rome - depending on how long they are staying.

  • San Luigi dei Francesi……… if you love Caravaggio then come here… The Calling of Saint Matthew hangs in the Contarelli Chapel of the San Luigi dei Francesi church. Two other Caravaggio works — St. Matthew and the Angel and the Martyrdom of St. Matthew — which round out the triptych, are also on permanent display here.  Come here in the morning as it closes at lunchtime. you'll have to drop a few coins to light up the paintings in the darkened interior and see how Caravaggio infused his own light into the baroque melodrama. Via Santa Giovanna d'Arco, Rome, Italy 00186; 39-06-688-271

  • Giorgio de Chirico House-Museum - 31 Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy 00187; 39-06-679-6546.  You are visiting the place where he lived, yes where he lived !!!!  He lived here for more than 30 years until his death in 1978.  You cannot but also notice how the “upper crust” lived for centuries as this apartment is accompanied by one of the best views of Rome overlooking the splendid Piazza di Spagna. The living area has been left largely as it was during De Chirico's life and displays dozens of his works. Reservations must be made in advance. 

 

 

 

This is a place in Sicily, you go for the experience and to reconnect to your inner being. Do not judge this place from the comfort perspective but via the inventiveness and the uniqueness on what is on offer.  While here you have access to a beach which is right outside, 2 restaurants offering simple traditional food and a bar facility. The whole point of staying here is to stay in one of the “art rooms” and there are many to experience – 20 to be correct choose wisely!

 

TIPS & SUGGESTIONS:

  • Visit the Museum in the hotel – every Saturday and Sunday the art rooms are opened for a visit

  • Ceramics laboratory

  • A visit to Cefalu

  • A drive to Palermo via Monreale

Here we have a  hotel which is both boutique and gallery, displaying a range of contemporary artwork and photographs. The hotel provides the services one would expect of a 4-star hotel, with sleek and elegant rooms with Internet service, air conditioning, and LCD television.  Set in a quiet courtyard near the Arno and Ponte Vecchio and close to Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, you can enjoy a few quiet moments in the inviting lounge-library, or indulge in culinary Eastern delights at the Fusion Bar & Restaurant.

 

 
The 74 beautiful rooms and suites of the Hotel can be compared to unique creations of a highly refined art collection. A welcoming setting comprised of smooth Florentine crafted materials and contemporary art provided by renowned artists. The breathtaking beauty of the upper levels of the hotel features spectacular luxury suites, each uniquely named after a symbol of Florence. What each suite hotel has in common is the magnificent view over this impressive city. 
 
TIPS & SUGGESTIONS:
  • Take advantage of the exhibits here at the hotel. as there are exhibitions held here all the time. The examination of art is essential, and it is presented in a modern and versatile manner, through the careful selection of artists, such as David Lachapelle, Steven Klein, and Lise Sarfati’s ‘The New Life’.
  • Head out to one of their sister hotels and enjoy some spa treatments and we have a rage to offer from tranquillity pro sleep massage to a body ceremony for 2 ideal for our honeymooners. Tibetan sound massage, Aromasoul scrub... and more. 
  • Check out the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
  • Gain exclusive access to the historic atelier, watch Enter the exclusive world of Fratelli Piccini and discover the golden secrets within. jewellers at work, try on refined Piccini jewels and tour the private floors of a forgotten era. Or express the power of your love by designing a personalised piece that says it all.

  • Discover the world of silver at the Pampaloni factory. Watch the silversmiths at work and learn all about the manufacturing process. But most importantly discover the history of each object, its inspiration and design. If you’re inspired by what you see, commission a bespoke piece as a special gift. Select your shape from the archives or provide us with one and give a gift that expresses the depth of your feelings in silver.

Packed full of contemporary works of art by world famous artists, the hotel is a grand classic Venetian style villa sitting in a beautifully manicured five acre garden outside the city of Verona. Inside, ultra-modern design by renowned architect and designer, Alessandro Mendini, stands out in stark contrast to the historical building. Expect statement design, a superb spa, fitness room, outdoor pool, and exquisite cuisine. The newly opened OASI Relax outdoor area has two Jacuzzis and provides guests with the ultimate in outdoor relaxation.

 

 

Each one of the 59 rooms is individually decorated and masterfully styled with the use of vividly bright coloured fabrics and furnishings as well as original paintings. Astounding pieces of contemporary art in dizzying colours are found throughout the hotel and includes works by Marc Quinn, Damien Hurst, Anish Kapoor, and Vanessa Beecroft.

 

 

Wander through the winding streets of Verona and discover the medieval palaces, ancient ruins, elegant churches, and the spectacular Roman Arena. Piazza delle Erbe is at the heart of the city and is one of the most stunning piazzas in Italy, surrounded by medieval and Renaissance architecture. Return to the hotel for a delicious lunch beside the pool. Then, spend some time at nearby Lake Garda and the medieval villages of Bardolino and Lazise. Or head to the towns of Sirmione, Gardone, and Salò on the western side of the lake.

 

DID YOU KNOW:  

Kings and queens of hospitality reign supreme at Haute Grandeur Global Awards™ hosted on 1 November 2018 at Palazzo Versace Dubai. Recognised as the most prestigious event on the luxury hospitality calendar, the Haute Grandeur Global Awards™ ceremony brings together a guest list of esteemed industry VIPs, influencers and personalities. The Awards celebrate the best hospitality experiences, recognizing the world’s most exceptional hotels, spas, and restaurants. Each year, top luxury hospitality brands vie for the ultimate accolade in overall excellence. Only the best of the best is awarded for exceptional achievement and greatest contribution to the industry.

 

“To win a Haute Grandeur Award an establishment must excel on all levels”, says De Wet. “By awarding only the most remarkable, Haute Grandeur inspires already exceptional hotels, spas, and restaurants to achieve even greater heights. So, the winners have truly attained the ultimate in excellence, recognized with the highest accolade.” Among the victorious top hotels was this one, crowned as:

 

- Most Luxurious Hotel Lobby

- Best General Manager in Italy  

 

The Lobby has received one of the most coveted awards. The first glance does not betray, "generally the hotel lobbies are large and representative places, but that nevertheless convey a feeling of calm and tranquility." Luigi Leardini, General Manager of the Team since over 10 years, who was awarded the same night, tells us proudly: "The lobby of our hotel conveys strong feelings, immediately allows guests to understand that they are going to stay in a magical and incomparable place, in which the WOW effect is ensured."

 

 

TIPS & SUGGESTIONS:
  • A night at the Verona opera with a wine and food tasting

  • A day on the lake enjoying a private boat tour

Completely immersed in a natural environment and surrounded by olive trees and by its own vineyards, this “working farm” is in the heart of the Chianti Classico,  15km South of Florence and located on top of a hill from where you can enjoy a panoramic view. Various works and sculptures of major contemporary Italian and foreign artists are installed in some of the most attractive parts of the village and in the gardens of the main owner’s villa. This mini complex is made up of apartments and rooms, in total accommodating a total of up to 30 guests. The apartments and the bedrooms are fitted out with fully equipped kitchens, telephone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, safes, and heating.

 

 

With a pool equipped with lightly salted water and a small beach, a range of outside spaces and great staff. Ref: 2318.

 

 

TIPS & SUGGESTIONS:

·         Enjoy some wine tasting and snacks

·         Fancy an evening barbecue

·         Horse riding excursions

·         Walks in the surrounding woods with open-air picnics

·         Wine and Food excursions 

·         Tastings of the Estate's wines

·         Trips to Florence and in Chianti

·         Cooking courses