Lex Collectors, a community that brings together 540 hoteliers and restaurateurs in 14 countriesis growing at a steady pace and today in Italy, it registered +14 new affiliates, represented by 10 hoteliers and 4 restaurateurswhich thus strengthen the offer of travel and gastronomic experiences at the national level.
Portfolio of unique experiences
“We are aiming for an increasingly generalized presence at the territorial level – he declares Carole PourchetGeneral Manager of Les Collectionneurs – And thanks to constant research and development in Italy, we have strengthened our portfolio of “unique” experiences in regions such as Valle d’Aosta, Umbria, Sicily and Calabria where we were not very present until recently”.
Can’t wait to discover them all the experiences contained in the 2023 edition of the “orange” Guidewhich will be available at the beginning of next year, here we reveal to you a preview of the 14 latest Italian novelties ranging from large hotels rich in history, to contemporary gastronomic tables, passing through renowned agricultural estates which share the values of the curiosity, need and generosity upon which the community is founded.
Two “grand hotels” rich in history in Milan and Sorrento
Grand Hotel and Milan
Grand Hotel and Milan is a reference in the Milanese hotel industry, for its privileged position a few steps from the Duomo and the Teatro alla Scala and for a history that dates back to 1863. The passage of illustrious people is written in the book of memories of this old house that hosts still today visitors from all over the world. The director Andrea Piantanida invites you to live the experience of sleeping in the suite dedicated to the master Giuseppe Verdi (who stayed there for more than twenty years) and to taste the typical Italian cuisine offered by the Don Carlos restaurant.
Grand Hotel Angiolieri
Just outside Sorrento, in Seiano di Vico Equense (Na), is the Grand Hotel Angiolieri, originally an ancient Roman villa dating back to 100 BC. J.-C. which was then transformed into a convent by the Poor Clares and, from the beginning of the 19th century, into an internationally renowned hotel. After a long and deep renovation, since 2006 it has been welcoming travelers from all over the world in its elegant rooms offering breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius, and guaranteeing high-level hospitality thanks to the attention and care of each detail of the owner of the house Elisa Balzano.
Two contemporary restorers on Lake Como and in Agro Pontino
Trattoria Contemporanea, in Lomazzo, on Lake Comothe avant-garde cuisine of chef Davide Marzullo and his brigade takes shape in a former cotton mill transformed into a dynamic hub by a group of young entrepreneurs. Always up-to-date recipes, fresh and local ingredients, a modern and welcoming environment are the basis of a great taste experience capable of conquering the most demanding palates.
Fabio Verrelli d’Amico
Materiaprima is a smart address in the center of Pontinia (in the province of Latina), awarded a Michelin star for a year, which already reveals in the name its strong link with the territory and local producers. A synthesis of study and instinct is the basis of the philosophy of chef-patron Fabio Verrelli D’Amico, who every day offers a cuisine whose roots are in Agro Pontino but according to a contemporary vision.
In Capri a renowned restaurant and a historic boutique hotel
Restaurant Da Tonino
The Ristorante Da Tonino is an oasis of peace and taste away from the classic tourist routes of the island and benefits from a long family tradition. Respect and recognition of local products, as well as the enhancement of the territory and the continuous search for new ways to reinterpret tradition are at the center of the philosophy of the young chef Salvatore Aprea.
In the center of Anacapri there is a charming boutique hotel with more than a century of experience in the hotel industry: House Mariantonia. Here the grandmother Mariantonia invented the famous limoncello, to be sipped even today in the suggestive lemon garden that opens behind the residence, exchanging pleasant conversations with the owner Marcello Polio.
In the mountains: a historic chalet, a bed and breakfast with character, a modern lodge
Relais Il Nazionale
Relais Il Nazionale, in Vernate (Cn), among the natural wonders of Piedmont and the nearby Côte d’Azur, is the perfect alliance of the modern spirit and mountain traditions. The Macario family, which for five generations has been dedicated to hospitality and welcomes travelers in environments and rooms with an incomparable mountain style, invites you to indulge in moments of relaxation at the Spa and to savor haute cuisine dishes.
In the Aosta Valley two new destinations: in the village of Morgex, at the foot of Mont Blanc, is Café Quinson, a characteristic hotel-restaurant with a high-level gastronomic proposal. Travelers can relax in environments where wood and stone alternate in harmony, stay in one of the six comfortable rooms and discover the gourmet cuisine of chef-patron Agostino Buillas. Not far from Champoluc, in Crest, stands the Crest Alpine Lodge & spa, an example of a modern mountain house, where the manager Igor Vendemmia extends a warm welcome to each guest. The view of the Ayas Valley and Monte Rosa, the exclusive spa and the culinary specialties of the Momentum Restaurant and the Vista Bistro complete the experience.
In Umbria in an ancient residence and in a medieval village
La Locanda del Capitano, in the heart of the medieval village of Montone, has the unique character of being a charming hotel inside the former residence of the Condottiero Braccio Fortebracci family. The authentic spirit of this place can be found in each interior decor, in the hanging garden and in the restaurant, simple and intimate, where chef Giancarlo Polito enjoys his creations. In its dishes, the flavors of the past are combined with innovative techniques and the high quality ingredients of the territory are improved daily.
Borgo Santa Cecilia Estate
In Gubbio, in an estate of more than 300 hectares, between woods and cultivated land, is Tenuta Borgo Santa Cecilia, the result of a conservative restoration of an ancient medieval village. Stone walls, beamed ceilings, are integrated with more modern interior design solutions, all finely cared for by owner Giuseppe Onorato. The pride of the structure are the Borgo hamlets and the restaurant where it is possible to taste dishes prepared with products from the estate and from nearby farms.
In Calabria a seaside resort and a restaurant in a historic building
Praia Art Resort is located in Praialonga, a fraction of the island of Capo Rizzuto (in the province of Crotone), and is a popular 5-star hotel, built entirely with natural materials from the region and by local Crotone craftsmen. The refined charm and hospitality of the Vrenna family is complemented by the experience of authentic cuisine at Osteria del Mare and fine dining at the starred restaurant Pietramare Natural Food signed by chef Nicola Annunziata.
Praia Art Resort
In the heart of Lamezia Termeinside a 19th century building in the village of Nicastro, is located Restaurant Luigi Lepore, awarded a Michelin star. Here, Luigi’s love for the territory, for the traditions, the quality of the materials finds its expression in creative dishes with well-defined flavors.
Sicily in the name of wine tourism
At the foot of Etna there is Barone di Villagrande, an 18th century building with four exclusive rooms in an unmistakable Baroque style, immersed in one of the oldest Sicilian wineries. Moments dedicated to taste give life to unforgettable emotions that have unfolded between the good cuisine prepared by the starred chef Accursio Craparo and the expert hands of chef Vittorio Caruso and the wines of the farm.