Virtuoso Best of the Best 2009 - 300
HOtEl bRUfani PalacE Umbria (Perugia), Italy Hotel Brufani Palace counts the Queen Mother of England and the Prince of Monaco among its esteemed guests and considers it a true honor to host many other of the world’s most discriminating travelers. Here in the center of historic Perugia, this intimate hideaway offers an enchanting view of the Umbrian valley, 94 traditional yet modern-outfitted guestrooms and the renowned Restaurant Collins. Locals flock to the outdoor terrace during the summertime, partaking of the delicious regional cuisine and refined wines. Of particular note is the indoor swimming pool; its transparent glass floor displays ancient Etruscan ruins. DistancE fROm PERUgia aiRPORt (PEg): viRtUOsO amEnity Welcome cocktail and, when staying two nights or longer, lunch (excluding beverages), once per stay. in tHE KnOW The staff goes out of its way to make children feel welcome; the maitre d’ will have the restaurant fix whatever your picky eaters desire. 9 mi/15 km baUER il PalazzO Venice, Italy Bauer Il Palazzo is a storied and infinitely romantic Venetian hotel overlooking the Grand Canal. It’s also a cherished family heirloom, a fact evident in the abundant personal service and impeccable attention to detail; everything has been lovingly chosen by Venice native and proprietor Francesca Bortolotto Possati. Practically anything is possible here, whether it’s a rooftop dinner party with a guest soprano, or a private tango lesson; the concierge service is topnotch and no whim goes unattended. Downstairs, Chef Ciresa satisfies even the most exacting tastes with locally and internationally inspired flavors. DistancE fROm vEnicE aiRPORt (vcE): viRtUOsO amEnity Welcome cocktail, personalized gift in room and, when staying three nights or longer, EUR100 (approx. US$140) voucher toward lunch or dinner in De Pisis Restaurant, once per stay. in tHE KnOW 300 E UR O P E Be sure to take breakfast outside on Settimo Cielo, the highest terrace in the city. 5 mi/8 km ca’ sagREDO HOtEl Venice, Italy One of this fair city’s newest five-star hotels, Ca’ Sagredo Hotel occupies an enviable location overlooking the Grand Canal between the Ca’ D’Oro and the Rialto Bridge. Art lovers are in heaven; works of art by noted Venetian artists of the 17th and 18th centuries adorn the public areas and guestrooms, making the hotel a true treasure – in fact, it has been named a national monument. Consider staying in the Sagredo Suite Prestige, the Arts Suite Prestige or the Gran Library Suite, all known for their original decors, plasters and paintings by Giambattista Tiepolo, Pietro Longhi and Sebastiano Ricci. DistancE fROm vEnicE aiRPORt (vcE): viRtUOsO amEnity Room upgrade at time of booking, buffet breakfast daily, welcome gift from Damiani and Ermenegildo Zegna and cocktails with canapés for two, once per stay. in tHE KnOW 5 mi/8 km Head across the Grand Canal to Rialto Market and the Rialto neighborhood for a decidedly more traditional slice of Venice.