Art and Culture
“The charm of the Villa overlooking the Gulf of Naples has always surprised and charmed its guests, from emperor Augustus to the king Vittorio Emanuele III, from Virgilio to Marguerite Yourcenar.”
Those staying at Bellevue Syrene cannot fail to recognise the traces of its illustrious past in the Hotel's rooms. A luxurious holiday villa for the Roman emperors, an oasis of peace for the European sovereigns such as Ludwig II of Bavaria, Vittorio Emanuele III, Paul of Greece, Empress Eugénie de Montijo, a holiday rich of inspiration for artists and intellectuals of the likes of Turgenev, Jorge, Marguerite Yourcenar.
Being in love with this residence and passionate about Roman history, the English collector Lord William Waldorf Astor decided to create, at the beginning of the 20th century, in some rooms an almost perfect reproduction of Pompeii's House of the Vettii, the current Villa Pompeiana of Bellevue Syrene. Today the two rooms with the charming terrace overlooking the sea of the Land of Mermaids cheer the guests' summer breakfasts and are the romantic and evocative location that the hotel reserves for wedding banquets.
Not a revival of the imperial splendour, but an actual museum house, in which findings from the Roman period along with contemporary works by talented local artists, such as the Neapolitan painter Gennaro Sardella, the sculptures and designers Riccardo Dalisi and the artist from Avellino Paolo Sandulli all harmoniously coexist, exalting each other.
“You use a glass mirror to see your face, you use works of art to see your soul.” Bernard Shaw