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Property Report: Italy
By Katia Lillis

I hope no Hideaways member visits my native Italy without spending at least one night at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento. Everything you'd want to experience in Italy—the beautiful blue Mediterranean, the history, the culture—is right at your fingertips.

A very private enclave overlooking the Bay of Naples, this hotel is a hidden gem in the center of Sorrento, an upscale resort town with a year-round season. It's hard to know what to describe first—the ambiance and charm of the hotel, which reminded me of a Roman Empire villa, or its in-town waterfront location.

Steeped in history

Everything about the Excelsior Vittoria speaks of Italy's past. The cliff it occupies was once the site of Emperor Augustus' private villa, and the first of the hotel's three sections—La Vittoria—was built in 1834. Restoration of this building and the others (La Riivale, 1882, and La Favorita, 1920) has been faithful to the hotel's turn-of-the-century charm; you'll see frescoed ceilings, beautiful vaulting and moldings, and antique furnishings.

Spring 2001

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