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
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
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
“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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