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Amid the rolling hills and Etruscan ruins of Tuscany, the
Villa San Michele
finished a major renovation this
past spring. The 41-room property, a 15th-century former Franciscan
monastery, sits on the outskirts of Florence, in the hilltop town
of Fiesole. Like so many buildings in the area, the villa is
architecturally significant, as its facade was designed by
Michelangelo. All guest rooms and The Cappellina, a 17th-century
building that was used by monks as a meditative center, have been
The Mercure Napoli Garibaldi opened in May in this
southern Italian city. The 88-room property is part of the growing
Accor hotel chain and joins other Mercure hotels in the country,
including the Mercure Rimini la Gradisca, Mercure Modena and the
Mercure Milano Corso Geneva.
Hilton Hotels Corp. has spent $15 million on renovating one of the
gems of its brand. The Rome Cavalieri Hilton
finished work this past spring on a three-year project that
redecorated and reconfigured guest rooms into junior suite setups,
with larger sitting areas both in the rooms and on the balconies.
In addition, a club room was added to the executive floors, and
public space was renovated, including the reception and concierge
areas and Le Belle Arti, a function room in the property’s
71,644-square-foot convention center.
The Westin Excelsior Rome, built in 1906, has
completed a major renovation. A top-to-bottom refurbishment of
public spaces and all 316 guest rooms where the latest technology
and Westin’s “Heavenly Beds” were installed was completed this past
spring. A gym and spa are among the new additions; a pool and the
renovation of meeting rooms should be finished by early autumn.
November 2001 saw the wrap-up of an $8 million renovation of the
Sofitel Roma. The project reduced the number of
guest rooms from 125 to 113. One floor was redesigned with four
suites that feature private terraces and share a garden. The
property has a rich history that includes a former life as a Roman
palazzo. It was converted into a hotel in the late 19th
April 21, the mythical date of Rome’s founding, marked the
long-awaited opening of the Parco della Musica.
Seven years in the making, the venue offers three auditoriums, each
acoustically designed to house specific kinds of performances. The
700-seat theater is for chamber music, plays and operas; a
1,200-seat venue is designed for ballets and rock concerts; and a
2,800-seat theater will host orchestral and choir concerts.
Hilton Hotels Corp. took over management of a hotel on the Bay of
Naples, now called the Hilton Sorrento Palace. The
property, Hilton’s fourth in Italy, is the largest in the area,
perched in the hills with fantastic views of the rugged Amalfi
hillside and, on clear days, views of Mount Vesuvius. On-site is a
conference facility with a 1,700-seat theater and 24,380 square
feet of exhibit space. Renovations included the addition of a club
lounge on the executive floor.
Once the Sofitel Venezia in Isola opens on Feb. 1,
2003, visitors will be able to avoid the crowds of tourists in this
city of canals, as the hotel will be on its own private island. A
12-minute boat ride from St. Mark’s Square, the 312-room property
will be equipped with considerable meeting space, including a
conference center with 10 meeting rooms and an assembly hall
Compiled by Carla BeniniVENETIAN LUXURY.
The swanky 88-room Hotel Cipriani welcomed spring with
improvements that will please its upper-crust clientele. The new
Palladio Suite is a sprawling ode to Italian elegance, replete with
Murano glass lamps, hand-painted furniture and views of a lagoon.
The hotel also acquired the Granary, a cluster of 19th-century
brick buildings available for events. (011) 041-520-77-44; www.hotelcipriani.it
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