Two Beautiful Cities, Two Gorgeous Hotels


Forbes magazine takes you to the Belmond hotels of Florence and Venice, revealing why fall is the best season to visit each.

This article, written by Alexandra Kirkman, appears on Forbes.

Where To Go This Fall: Escape to Italy at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani and Belmond Villa San Michele

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” the prolific Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi once famously said, and legions (including this writer) would readily second that bargain. And while there’s really no bad time to visit bella Italia, one could venture that Verdi may well have added “in fall” to the end of his enduring sentiment. Come mid-September, the tourist throngs that descend upon the country in July and August seem to virtually disappear overnight, as airfares fall in step with the temperatures.

When choosing an Italian destination especially well suited to an autumn visit, the perennially enchanting cities of Venice and Florence are top bets; exploring them on foot is immeasurably more pleasant minus the relentless summer sun, stifling humidity, and teeming crowds. And there’s arguably no better place to stay in each than the Belmond Hotel Cipriani and Belmond Villa San Michele, respectively, thanks to their singular blend of unrivaled location, service, history, and charm. Here’s why they’re luring in-the-know visitors this fall.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Located on Giudecca Island—once home to some of Venice’s largest palaces and gardens—the iconic luxury hotel has consistently drawn celebrities and glitterati from the world over since its opening in 1958, perhaps most memorably the avowed Italophile George Clooney and his high-wattage Hollywood posse for his wedding to Amal Alamuddin last September. Yet despite its ritzy reputation, it feels remarkably private (thanks in large part to its idyllic address, just five minutes by boat from St. Mark’s Square) and low-key in the best sense: in trademark Italian fashion, understated yet intrinsic elegance defines the Belmond Cipriani experience.

Read more and view both hotels on Forbes.

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