"Romeo and Juliet meet Gilbert and George"
Need to know
- Large luxury art hotel with 60 rooms, each with a completely different design
- Valpolicella, Italy (a 15 minute drive from Verona old town)
- Art tour of hotel
- The Opera at the main arena
- Chill-out area above main pool
- Sitting in our own private turret looking across the beautiful Italian countryside whilst consuming large quantities of complementary fresh fruit and prosecco was a real pleasure
- Very close to the hotel is a delightful little rustic pizza place where one can get a flavour of Italian cooking at a reasonable price. Ask reception for details. Beware of traffic as walk takes you along a main road.
The old city of Verona is achingly picturesque. Quiet alcoves of Cyprus trees and bubbling fountains hide amidst winding streets which team with architectural delights. Nestled in the countryside, just 15 minutes from the centre, the Byblos Art Hotel awaits.
A gloriously decadent 15th century Venetian style villa houses a dizzyingly impressive modern art collection. A business man fashioned out of chewing gum hangs in an eternal despairing free-fall from the lobby ceiling, gleaming statues of Kate Moss guard the entrance, Anish Kapoor's works in metal bend light in wild directions and Damian Hirst’s colourful memento moris are a quiet reminder not to take your stay for granted.
The rooms are plush and creatively designed, the mini-bar well considered. A stroll through the corridors, eating rooms and spa is a testimony to the skill of the hotel's designer Alesandro Mendini who has eloquently merged past and contemporary artistic styles. The gardens were an especial treat. An intricate network of secluded lawns and alcoves overflowing with plant-life lead on to a swimming pool where one can blissfully pass a day lounging beneath the Italian sun.
Evenings are for a foray into the old town with the quick shuttle bus. The operas put on at the main arena are spectacular and there are many good restaurants and bars to try.