Friday, 30 March 2012

Boutique Hotels - Italy for Art lovers

Boutique hotels, Italy – An aesthetic experience

If you love art, Umbria is the ideal location. Of course, Italy is known for its incredible art and culture – but many tourists are only aware of the famous attractions in Rome and Venice. Umbria however is where the likes of Michelangelo, Perugino, Giotto and Rafaello all lived and worked. As a result, the region is packed with art work – in every church or convent you come across you’ll find artistic treasures. If you are booking a holiday in the region, staying in one of the boutique hotels in Italy’s ‘green heart’ is the ideal way to indulge your aesthetic side.

Be inspired

Italy’s most revered and famous artists began the Renaissance not in Rome but in Umbria. Here, they would paint in return for a meal or a bed – making the area a rich treasure trove of art. Considered by many to be the unspoilt and authentic Italy, the area is devoid of mass tourist traps and ugly commercial buildings. Here, you can holiday in style in one of the boutique hotels in Italy’s spiritual centre.

Uncover history and art

As a result of the artistic activity through the centuries, Umbria is full of hidden treasures. The Celestine Abbey is a fascinating place north of Assisi that embodies the areas turbulent history. It was completed in 1367, after three architects worked on the building. It survived being ransacked and the local warfare of the 13th-15th centuries but crumbled in 1593 after an earthquake. Restored in 1969, human skeletons were unearthed alongside a false wall that hid a painting of the Madonna and child – it now hangs in the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia. The boutique hotels in Italy’s Umbria reflect the aesthetic sensibilities of the area – adding to the elegant and authentic experience.

Stay in Boutique hotels, Italy

Staying in one of the individual boutique hotels is a way to experience Italy away from the beaten track. You can tailor-make your own itinerary and really explore the area to suit your desires. One thing is for sure, if you love art, Umbria will be a fascinating, unforgettable and unique place to stay.

Back in time

Staying in the Umbria region is like stepping back in time. With few modern buildings and homes that mostly date back to the 13th century, it is an enchanting place. But you can balance out the rustic in Perugia – the urban heart of Umbria with its young, vibrant, chic street life. Here you’ll find some of the most stunning boutique hotels in Italy. Famous for its Jazz Festival and Eurochocolate festival, Perugia has bars and trattorias create a bohemian style. And here you can visit the National Gallery of Umbria that houses some of the most fantastic renaissance art.

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