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Florence’s Historic ‘Il Salviatino’ to Re-open as Luxury Villa Retreat

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One of Florence’s finest Renaissance villas is set to open as a luxury all-suite hotel in May this year, following a multi million dollar restoration.

Located in the hillside town of Fiesole on the outskirts of Florence, this former 15th century palazzo is being transformed into a magnificent luxury villa retreat by Italian hotel development and management company, MPg and renowned Italian architect Luciano Maria Colombo. This coveted location, with views of the famous Florence skyline is just moments from the city, yet quietly secluded within the beautiful Tuscan hills.

Work is now in progress on renovation of the entire villa and its adjoining buildings and garden which will be unveiled when Il Salviatino re-opens on May 13th 2009.

Il Salviatino, which dates back to 1320 and was later transformed into a palace for Florentine aristocracy, has been reborn following a two year conversion and restoration. No expense has been spared in recreating this historic masterpiece which will feature a daring combination of contemporary design and luxury with the sense of history and culture of 18th and 19th century Italy.

The luxury villa will feature 62 large suites all with breathtaking views. Guests can expect the finest linens, rich buttery Florentine leathers and other luxurious furnishings in warm comforting colours. A fine collection of Renaissance art is a highlight of the villa and its gardens.

The hands of local artisans have unearthed historic treasures from the villa’s heyday, from intricate networks of ancient pathways to elaborate frescoes freed from behind false ceilings. With careful devotion and skill, experts are restoring the villa and grounds to its former glory. Centuries old mosaics are revived, and elegant glass houses emerge from the overgrown gardens.

Working closely with architect Luciano Maria Colombo, renowned for his work with great theatres throughout Italy, the company responsible for this restoration project is MPg, an Italian based hotel development and management company founded by veteran international hotelier Marcello Pigozzo, whose core values of innovation and work ethic are joined by a clear model of hospitality based on absolute employee empowerment.

Staff of Il Salviatino will undergo a 3 month training programme ahead of the opening and will be empowered to provide a level of service based on initiative and anticipation of guests’ needs.

“Our Service Ambassadors will be committed to creating a hospitality experience that is unrivalled in Italy with personalised service for each room.” said Mr. Pigozzo.

Secreted within sloping gardens, a Devarana spa will offer guests a holistic taste of the East. Deverana, meaning ‘garden of heaven’ in Thai Sanskrit, will feature a menu of ancient eastern practices by skilled Thai therapists.

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