Hotel Villa Cipriani

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Discover Hotel Villa Cipriani, which was once owned by the English poet Robert Browning in 1889.

Hotel Villa Cipriani was constructed during the historic reign of the United Kingdom’s famed Queen Victoria, who sat on the British throne from 1837 to 1901.

Located in the Italian town of Asolo, the original structure of the Hotel Villa Cipriani was built in the Palladian era. The first reliable information about the hotel dates back to 1889, when English poet Robert Browning purchased the villa from Gaetano Rossi. Browning discovered Asolo in the 1880s and entitled his last volume of poetry, Asolando, out of ‘love of the place.’ The villa was later inherited by his son, Robert Wiedemann Barrett Browning, known as “Pen” Browning. Pen Browning sold the villa in 1902 to Mr. Zennaro, an engineer from nearby Treviso, who presented it as a wedding gift for his daughter’s marriage to Sebastian Galanti. Villa Galanti was, for many years, a serene country estate, used for summer holidays and hospitality. On the death of the patriarch of the family, the Galantis ceded the villa to the Cimetta brothers, who were managers of the “Rifugio Monte Grappa” mountain resort. The brothers transformed the destination into a country hotel, and named it “Hotel Belvedere.” In 1962, Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guinness, Lord Iveagh, acquired the hotel and preserved it as a country getaway. Lord Iveagh, who belonged to the famous Guinness family, was a businessman, politician, philanthropist, generous supporter of scientific research, University of Dublin chancellor, and an important landowner in Asolo. Giuseppe Cipriani, who managed the Cipriani Hotel in Venice, was tasked to rebuild and manage the country hotel. Cipriani was also well-known for his famous Harry's Bar in Venice, where the Bellini cocktail was invented. Renamed Villa Cipriani, the hotel was transformed into a refined jewel in the countryside. In 1974, Villa Cipriani joined Ciga Hotels, was subsequently added to the Starwood Hotels and Resorts portfolio, and finally sold to a private group in 2008. The hotel was acquired in 2012 by Massimo Zanetti, owner of the group Segafredo, who gave it a touch of family charm, making it different from a standard hotel. The Hotel Villa Cipriani is one of the most famous hotels in Italy, and is listed in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List of the world's best places to stay, the 2012 Travel + Leisure 500 The World’s Best Hotels, and awarded as “Best Italian Pool” in the 2014 Italian Pool Award.

  • Famous Historic Guests +
    Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (1948 – 1980) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1952 – present) Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1936 – 1952) Marcello Mastroianni, renowned actor who appeared in such roles as La Dolce Vita and Divorce Italian Style. Vittorio de Sica, who directed the likes of Sciuscià (Shoeshine) and Bicycle Thieves. Orson Welles, world-renowned director of such films likes Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil. Peter O’Toole, best known for his role as T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. Catherine Deneuve, model and actress best known for her roles in Indochine and Belle de Jour. Kim Basinger, renowned actress known for her roles in Never Say Never Again and The Natural.

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