Byblos Art Hotel, for sleeping among historical and contemporary pieces of art
Villa Amistà, located in the beautiful valley “Valpolicella” in the countryside of Verona, is a beautiful “Villa Veneta” by architects Michele Sanmicheli (14th century) and Ignazio Pellegrini (18th century). Nowadays, Villa Amistà is a luxury hotel where guests can take a vivid and emotional journey into modern art.
Combining classic and contemporary, famous artist and designer Alessandro Mendini has succeeded in transforming this historical and valuable palace into a five-star hotel where beauty and comfort are just the beginning. Following the idea that “art is living, living is art”, the staying in Byblos Art Hotel is in fact enriched by the work of those famous artists who have personalized each of the 59 rooms of the “Palazzo”.
It feels like taking a journey through an art book, where each page is a masterpiece by Ron Arad, Philippe Starck, Marcel Wanders, Eero Saarinen, Eero Aarnio, Ettore Sottsass and many others. And if this artistic voyage turns out to be too intense, you can always take a rest on the famous “Armchair of Proust”.
From the reception to the small movie theatre, from Peter’s Bar to Restaurant Atelier, it feels having drinks and sharing stories with Robert Indiana, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Piero Manzoni, Alighiero Boetti, Damien Hirst , Peter Halley, Sandro Chia, Luigi Ontani and Arnaldo Pomodoro.
The park is at least as stunning as the interiors: Villa Amistà is surrounded by 20.000 square meters of ancient plants, beautiful flowers, green installations. Not to forget the sculptures and fountains made of the world-renowned marble of Verona.
Pictures courtesy of: Byblos Art Hotel