Belmond is renowned for its luxurious collection of hotels – as well as trains and river cruises – and, its legendary service. As part of this, the hotel Concierge can really help you to make the most of your time in Italy; here are some great suggestions to bring out your Italian side!
No 1 For a quirky way of discovering Venice's famous canals and waterways, take a water bike for a ride from Belmond Hotel Cipriani, or join one of the hotel’s kayak tours around Venice’s secret islands.
No 2 One of the most exclusive experiences available at Belmond Hotel Cipriani is private pre-dinner drinks in St Mark’s clock tower (which is normally closed to the public) – the perfect romantic touch to a honeymoon perhaps?
No 3 Guests of Belmond Hotel Splendido in Portofino can join a traditional fishing trip and enjoy an on-board breakfast of focaccia bread served by the Captain, who will also impart his fishing wisdom, as you sail along the stunning Ligurian coastline.
No 4 Follow in the footsteps of Greta Garbo, a former guest of Belmond Hotel Caruso, and take a vintage car for a spin along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.
No 5 If you’re after a real thrill, allow Belmond Villa San Michele to arrange for you to take a ride on a Vespa along Tuscany’s picturesque ‘Road of Seven Bridges’ that starts in the town of Fiesole, near Florence, where the hotel is located. You can bet it will be a very memorable journey.
No 6 If you like cooking, you’re in for a treat if you book a cooking class with Executive Chef, Renato Piccolotto of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice. After escorting you to the Rialto Market to show you how to select the freshest fish to buy, he will teach you how to create a delicious dish.
No 7 If you’re quite an accomplished cook, you may like to attend Belmond Villa San Michele’s famed Tuscan cooking school where Chef Attilio di Fabrizio will share some of his culinary secrets.
No 8 Take a gentle tour of the terraced gardens of Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello, with Head Gardener, Gaetano Amato. They brim with a variety of plants, trees and bushes, including olive and lemon trees, and lead down to the sparkling sea.
No 9 Discover authentic Sicily with a ‘Movie Tour’ which revisits locations chosen by the Sicilian director, Tornatore, which comes highly recommended by the Concierge at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea.
No 10 Head Concierge, Steven Ceschia, at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo in Sicily is truly passionate about all things Sicilian and for history buffs and art aficionados he suggests a trip to Casa Cuseni in the town of Taormina. The house and its gardens have hosted guests including none other than artist, Pablo Picasso.