Palermo goes again to its glamorous roots with the grand reopening of the Sicilian capital’s most illustrious lodge, Villa Igiea.
Constructed in 1900, on the top of the Belle Époque, by the influential Florio household, the enduring palazzo was constructed as a personal villa and initially meant to operate as a sanatorium. The homeowners later commissioned outstanding Italian Artwork Nouveau architect Ernesto Basile flip it right into a luxurious lodge.
On the top of its former glory, Villa Igiea performed host to a slew of artists, Hollywood elite, and various royalty, establishing itself because the definition of Sicilian magnificence and grandeur on the Tyrrhenian shoreline, earlier than finally falling into disrepair.
Rocco Forte Motels
At present, following an in depth restoration, it types a part of Rocco Forte Hotels’ assortment of lodges and resorts, all of which occupy magnificent buildings in noteworthy places—from Sicily to Florence, Rome, London and St. Petersburg, to call a couple of. They stand out for his or her impeccable up to date design, mixing traditional parts with state-of-the-art options and native supplies, and excellent service.
When it got here to Villa Igiea, Director of Design for Rocco Forte Motels, Olga Polizzi, labored with Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen of Nicholas Haslam Ltd., who oversaw the restoration to protect the lodge’s historic options, whereas holding with Rocco Forte’s signature type. The result’s a timeless design that’s each elegant and up to date, whereas reflecting the wealthy heritage and distinctive traits of its geographic location.
The famend Basile room, the frescoed bar and grand mirrored ballroom, has been restored to its authentic magnificence, whereas the 100 rooms and suites replicate an ultra-modern, but quintessentially Sicilian oasis of calm and leisure. The lodge additionally boasts a state-of-the-art spa, with remedies curated by Irene Forte utilizing her Sicilian-inspired merchandise, together with three spots for consuming and consuming: the Florio Restaurant, the Igiea Terrazza Bar and the Alicetta Pool Bar.
All three serve totally different takes on the scrumptious flavors that make up the wealthy culinary historical past of Sicily: from a recent seafood salad overlooking the pool at Alicetta, to domestically sourced dishes of pappardelle with lobster, purple prawns from Mazara del Vallo or Sicilian-style stuffed pork on the refined Florio Restaurant with its luxurious Louis XVI corridor.
For the thoughts and soul
Set on the outskirts of Palermo, the fascinating historic metropolis middle could be reached simply sufficient by taxi—despite the fact that the native cab drivers generally tend to cost exorbitant quantities for the three-mile drive. However what is maybe most attractive about Villa Igiea is the overwhelming sense of peace that surrounds it; from its plush, breezy rooms, to the inexperienced, verdant gardens and dreamy swimming pool overlooking the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea. Regardless of being located proper subsequent to Palermo’s busy port, Villa Igiea itself is sort of a peaceable refuge, or, some would possibly say, a modern-day sanatorium for the thoughts and soul. No marvel, then, that so many friends select to examine in and by no means go away.