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Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista

Address: Via Cedrare, 78

Neighborhood:

City: Corrubbio di Negarine

Phone: 011-39-045-68-5-55-55

Website: www.byblosarthotel.com

Expert Review

When Dino Facchini, heir to the Byblos fashion throne, transformed this 15th-century Venetian-style villa (just outside the company's headquarters in Verona) into a jewel-box designer hotel, he saturated its walls with contemporary art from his eclectic personal collection, including pieces by internationally renowned artists Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami. The ballroom bears large, striking photographs of female nudes, while the dining room showcases décollages made from shredded Byblos ads. The rest of the décor, handled by legendary Milanese designer Alessandro Mendini, mixes ornate Barocco style with a futuristic punch of pop-art furnishings, like Salvador Dali's lip-shaped loveseat, tables by Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mendini's hand-carved Proust armchair (also on permanent display at New York City's MoMA). The 49 rooms and 11 suites radiate a rainbow of neon hues, many with four-post coronet beds dressed in vibrant swirl-patterned fabrics. Fountains frame the impeccably groomed grounds, which neighbor vineyards and encompass a stately terrace, zero-entry pool, and the Henry & Dominique Chenot Spa.

Tags: luxury | romance | historic | boutique hotel | smart splurge | swimming pool | art | villa

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