Classic Hotels in the very best locations become a distinctive backdrop for our sojourn…
This collection of classic hotels provides us with the most perfect setting in which to explore opera. Each of these fine properties combines the graceful ambiance of a bygone era with superior service and amenities.
Grand Hotel Royal, Viareggio, Italy
This impressive turreted building in the heart of the Versilian Riviera commands a privileged location on the seafront with the celebrated pine forest of Viareggio to the rear. The spacious, comfortable rooms are decorated in a truly classic style and many boast breathtaking sea views and balconies. The hotel offers its guests the options of both a swimming pool and a private beach for spending relaxing afternoons in the Mediterranean sun. In July and August the beautiful restaurant also serves elegant dinners on the expansive terrace providing the option for dining al fresco.
Hotel Vittoria, Pesaro, Italy
A simply beautiful property, built at the end of nineteenth century as a casino and converted to a hotel in 1908, the Vittoria is situated in the main square of Pesaro overlooking the sea. Each of the thirty-four rooms is magnificently furnished with classic decor and modern comforts. Arguably the most beautiful hotel in the region, the property exudes 19th century elegance and charm. On display in both the graceful lounge and intimate bar are costumes designed for productions at the Rossini Opera Festival in years past. The hotel offers a stunning terrace and swimming pool with views of the Adriatic. At night, the unforgettable restaurant Agorà Rossini provides a delightful experience with poolside dining on the candlelit terrace overlooking the sea.
Hotel Accademia, Verona, Italy
This graceful hotel takes its name from the former Accademia dei Filotimi, founded on the exact site in 1565 for providing young noblemen an education in chivalry. The name itself means “School for the Lovers of Honor.” In 1797 it became an inn with stabling for horses and in 1880 an elegant hotel facing onto Via Mazzini. Today that thoroughfare is the most exclusive shopping street in the heart of Verona. With perhaps the most central location of any hotel in Verona – directly between the Arena, in Piazza Brà, and Piazza delle Erbe, the hotel is within a short walk to the city’s museums and historic churches and provides an excellent base to explore all Verona has to offer.
The hotel is noted for its tradition of impeccable hospitality and service. Each of the 94 spacious guestrooms is comfortably furnished and provides a respite from the bustling city just outside. The adjoining restaurant is celebrated for its authentic northern Italian cuisine and the lobby bar is a classic, right down to its bar tender clad in a white dinner jacket.