Belmond unveils a new season of exceptional experiences across its Italian portfolio, with a comprehensive program of exceptional moments – including a slew of outstanding new chefs, an exciting new venture with a world-renowned art gallery and culturally rich experiences across Italy – that will cultivate the desire to travel while celebrating some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations.
New openings of Belmond Italian Hotels:
Cipriani, a Belmond Hotel, Venice – Open
Grand Hotel Timeo, a Belmond Hotel, Taormina – Open
Splendido Mare, a Belmond Hotel, Portofino – Open
Villa San Michele, a Belmond Hotel, Florence – Open
Castello di Casole, a Belmond Hotel, Tuscany – April 1st
Splendido, a Belmond Hotel, Portofino – April 1st
Caruso, a Belmond Hotel, Amalfi – April 1st
Villa Sant’Andrea, a Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare – April 14
A NEW CULINARY ERA
This year, Belmond is pleased to herald the beginning of a gastronomic awakening with the appointment of a number of groundbreaking new Executive Chefs. Using local produce and seasonal cuisine in their menus, these Italian chefs interpret their native cuisine with endless passion, creativity and flair; Always maintaining the simplicity of the best key ingredients.
After seven years at Noma in Copenhagen, Riccardo Canella now returns to Italy to take over the management of Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice, applying his unique international experience to enhance the dining experience throughout the hotel. Chef Canella will create new concepts for Cipriani’s famous Ristorante Oro and will oversee Cip’s Club, Porticciolo, Bar Gabbiano and the creative catering for all events. The esteemed Caruso, a Belmond Hotel welcomes you to the Amalfi Coast Christopher Trapani, already awarded a Michelin Guide star at the Magnolia Restaurant at Hotel Byron in Forte dei Marmi, Italy. Originally from the Sorrento peninsula, the ingredients of his homeland act as the protagonists of his dishes, local products and simple processing have become emblems of his creativity: one of these is the Amalfi Sfusato lemon, the symbol of the Amalfi Coast.
Experienced culinary artist at Villa San Michele, a Belmond Hotel, in Florence Alessandro Cozzolino, continues to inspire guests with this year’s introduction of dining with just eight tables at La Loggia restaurant. On these intimate evenings, the chef presents his personal interpretation of fine Tuscan cuisine with unparalleled views over the iconic city. The restaurant, with its charming Renaissance arcades, has been re-adapted to also offer a more casual dining experience, with the hotel’s Italian bistro open for lunch and dinner. This complements the Pool Grill for a more casual scene overlooking Florence and on the edge of the centuries-old Monte Ceceri forest.
From the lush gardens of Fiesole to the 1,700 hectares of the 10th-century estate, Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany, where a remarkable project is underway: the Orti del Castello, where a lush vegetable garden with peaceful seating areas has been completed to give our guests the opportunity to switch off amidst the Tuscan countryside. Once the vegetables, fruits and edible flowers are ripe, the Executive Chef serves Daniel Sera will incorporate these ingredients into the kitchen of his Tosca restaurant to create organic, seasonal dishes from farm to fork.
From the endless rolling hills of Florence to the mountainous terrain of Sicily, at Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina, where the chef works Robert Toro Michelin-starred Otto Geleng restaurant takes guests on a journey of discovery of authentic Sicilian cuisine across the island: from mussel farming in Lake Ganzirri to harvesting the pistachios grown on Bronte’s lava fields.
After admiring the magnificent Etna volcano from the Grand Hotel Timeo’s expansive terrace, guests are invited to wander down to the Bay of Mazzarò, where Villa Sant’Andrea, a Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare, is open from June to September awaits guests with a new immersive experience dine at the waterfront pop-up restaurant with an elaborate menu created by the Sicilian chef Agostino D’Angelo.
Further north to Portofino, Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino reopened last year with its new chef-led restaurant DaV Mare Robert Villa and in partnership with the Da Vittorio Group, known for its exceptional culinary expertise with two Michelin-starred restaurants. The exclusive collaboration highlights the gastronomic scene of the famous Piazzetta and continues to delight palates with typical dishes such as “risotto with pesto” and “Santa Margherita Ligure Prawns”.
ART IMMERSION WITH GALLERIA CONTINUA, FOUR CONTEMPORARY MASTERS IN THE GARDENS OF BELMOND
For the reopening of the 2022 season, Belmond has partnered with the internationally acclaimed art gallery Galleria Continua, now recognized as one of the driving forces of the contemporary art scene, highlighting the most accomplished artistic talent.
The project, titled MITICO, marks the beginning of Belmond’s participation in Venice’s biannual arts and culture program. Four artists are celebrated by Belmond and the Galleria Continua as they take the spotlight at Belmond’s famous gardens across Italy.
Exploring the connection between local landscapes and individual sensibilities, the four artists allow the public to see cultures through a different lens, unlocking the essence and beauty of the destination and ultimately evoking a strong sense of inclusivity. Each artist will take center stage at Belmond Hotels, delivering their own message to the world – a message of acceptance and community.
The project begins during the opening week of the Venice Biennale at the Cipriani, where art consultant Hervé Mikaeloff curated the first installation. One of the world’s most renowned Indian artists, Subodh Gupta, will install his work Cooking The World in Casanova Gardens. The piece aims to create a collective ritual space for open discussion.
Three major installations will then be unveiled during the month of May 2022. In Tuscany, Argentine artist Leandro Erlich will install “Window & Ladder” at Villa San Michele, a tribute to the hotel’s incredible location above Florence. Nestled in the Tuscan landscape, the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto places four Etruscan bronze sculptures called “L’uomo che accarezza gli alberi” in the Castello di Casole. Highlight in Sicily at the Grand Hotel Timeo with Cameroonian Pascal Marthine Tayou, who will bring color to the hotel’s enchanted gardens.
More details in the coming weeks.
CULTURAL EXPERIENCES – CIRCLES OF CURIOSITY
In the Curiosity Circles, experts from various cultural disciplines work together with Belmond to create unique experiences that are consistent with the portfolio’s history and heritage. These experts curate experiences with true authentic connections to the hotel’s location and offer guests the opportunity to participate in a series of phenomenal weekend events dedicated to gastronomy, history and craftsmanship, expanding cultural horizons in truly beautiful, undiscovered settings.
At Caruso we celebrate the glory of antiquity. The historic 12th-century palace, named Palazzo D’Afflitto after the noble family that owned it, is the starting point for a surprising private visit of Herculaneum and the Treasures of Oplontis, jewels that represent the heart of the timeless archaeological cultural heritage . The guests will be accompanied by Lalla and Davide Busatti, the third generation of jewelers from the Busatti family. Your guests will learn about traditional and advanced jewelry making techniques on an immersive journey into the world of goldsmithing.
Noto Segreta, an experience curated by Grand Hotel Timeo, invites guests on an immersive tour dedicated to personal growth and the discovery of Sicilian beauty. Guests enjoy private access to noble residences, savor typical Sicilian cuisine and learn about the stories hidden in the Baroque capital.
At Villa Sant’Andrea and Castello di Casole, guests will discover the art of winemaking under the guidance of wine connoisseur Tom Harrow. In Taormina, where wine is grown on volcanic soil, aboard the scenic Circumetnea train, follow the private path that meanders through the lava beds surrounding Mount Etna, visit some of the most renowned wineries, enjoy wine tasting and delight the stories of the expert Tom . In Tuscany, at celebrations in the heart of the region, learn the secrets of renowned wineries from the families who wrote their history.