Valentine, Stardust & Movie Magic

Let the heart beat fonder with some time away together this Valentine. For the true romantics out there we have a proposal to make … Inspired by some of the most romantic films set in Italy, we’ve draw up a list of hotels to spend this Valentine’s Day in or you can celebrate a special occasion in them any time of the year. Be warned you will be having the staring role in your own movie and the best thing is… you get to choose what’s in the script! Failing that, rent your favourite movie and get the usual suspects (champagne, chocolate, flowers…) and enjoy it! After all… it is the person you spend it with that matters.
 

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953) – ROMANTIC COMEDY

Starring: Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn
Director: William Wyler
Film set: Rome
Our favourite line: ‘I’m not two hundred years old. Why can’t I sleep in pajamas?’

Where to stay: Hotel De Russie, Rome
Most romantic room: Nijinsky Suite – Private Apartment
What you get: The best views of the Eternal city, luxury and privacy. Right on the top-floor Nijinsky Suite has a 239 square metre outdoor terrace, offering views of the hotel’s Secret Garden, the Villa Borghese, the Pincio and the rest of the Eternal City. The living room and dining room have a separate kitchen and bar area. There is also a library with works by Italian authors and a guest cloakroom.

 

A ROOM WITH A VIEW (1985) – DRAMA

Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliot, Julian Sands, Daniel Day
Director: James Ivory
Film set: England and Florence
Our favourite line: “I don’t care what I see outside. My vision is within! Here is where the birds sing! Here is where the sky is blue!”

Where to stay: Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Most romantic room: Pagliazza Tower Suite
What you get: The Architect Benelli has designed original models for all the furniture of the suite which is 710 square feet on two floors: on the ground floor a cozy living room with a comfortable jacuzzi tub, the bedroom is on the first floor and a bathroom with shower.

 

A GOOD WOMAN (2004) – DRAMA 

0064_61027_390823151_lStarring: Helen Hunt, Scalett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson
Director: Mike Barker
Film set: New York city and Amalfi coast
Our favourite line: “I’ve begun too many romances in sentiment. They always end in settlement.”

Where to stay: Hotel Caruso, Ravello – Amalfi Coast
Most romantic room: Deluxe Suite
What you get: Breathtaking views of the crystal-clear waters of the Amalfi Coast. A separate living space with a magnificent terrace equipped with sunbeds, a table and chairs. Perfect for enjoying some al fresco dining or sunset cocktails.

PS: Sadly most hotels in the Amalfi Coast are closed during February and March. Open from April until December.

 

UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN (2003) – ROMANTIC COMEDY

0000_72046_389860102_lStarring: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh and Lindsay Duncan
Director: Audrey Wells
Film set: Tuscany
Our favourite line: “Life offers you a thousand chances… all you have to do is take one.”

Where to stay: Relais La Corte dei Papi – Cortona – Tuscany
Most romantic room: Exclusive Spa Suite
What you get: The exclusive Spa Suite is a two-floor room: at the ground floor there is a private spa for 2 people with a Turkish bath provided with 4 multi-sensory showers with aromatherapy, chromotherapy and music therapy, with the chance of choosing 4 different sensory paths and a big Jacuzzi for 2 people, a relax corner with a sitting room and a private garden. At the first floor there is the bedroom with a big poster bed.

For more information, prices and availability for the above hotels call our Italy experts on 020 8973 2296

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