Belmond’s “Villeggiatura” Book Captures the True Essence of Modern Luxury Travel

An Inspiring Holiday Gift Features the Most-Beloved Belmond Italian Destinations

On behalf of Belmond, the pioneer in luxury travel for over 45 years and a custodian of timeless heritage, we are proud to unveil its new book entitled ‘Villeggiatura’ published by Assouline, which is now available for purchase at Belmond’s Italian hotels, Assouline stores and on for everyone’s festive gift selection.

The fascinating travel book captures once-in-a-lifetime Italian summer vacations at Belmond to inspire you to explore the world and plan your next travel journey. This is a token of Belmond’s world of exceptional travel experiences, through the written word, cementing its position as an authority on pioneering and inspiring travel stories which celebrate a place and its people.

Journey with Belmond to the most-beloved Italian destinations, from Portofino to Florence, from Venice to Taormina, with ‘VILLEGGIATURA: Italian Summer Vacation’. Whether in a state of reverie with sweeping views of the Italian Riviera or wandering the endless rolling hills of Tuscany, this is the intrinsically Italian concept of Villeggiatura - a term defined as a prolonged stay in a single place. An expression at the heart of the Belmond experience, with a deeper meaning, embodying the ability to feel a sense of belonging in a foreign city, an environment for mental and physical regeneration.

Produced by esteemed luxury culture and lifestyle publisher Assouline, ‘VILLEGGIATURA: Italian Summer Vacation’ is a book written for travel enthusiasts in collaboration with lecturer, curator and journalist Cesare Cunaccia. Previously Editor-at-Large for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue and the antiques consultant for Architectural Digest Italy. Cunaccia has published a variety of books, particularly on the Italian artistic heritage, which have been translated into many languages.

‘VILLEGGIATURA: Italian Summer Vacation’ invites readers to enter into the Italian spirit of villeggiatura, with Belmond’s Italian portfolio of exceptional, heritage hotels; Cipriani, Splendido, Splendido Mare, Villa San Michele, Castello di Casole, Caruso, Grand Hotel Timeo, and Villa Sant’Andrea. “Belmond has drawn a significant map through this kaleidoscopic land of infinite potential. The spirit of these places - their history, wine, craftsmanship, cuisine, music and dialects - underscores their uniqueness and enhances their powers of expression.” - an abridged extract from VILLEGGIATURA.

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