The Guide to the Historical Places of Italy, published by the Association, is the only one of its kind, and it is reviewed by the Italian press along with the most important national guides.
This year the Guide takes us on a tour of the over seventy historical establishments of Italy which bear witness to the Italian Art Nouveau “Liberty” style.
Seven new establishments now enhance this thirty-seventh edition, almost half of which has been rewritten and expanded. For the first time we also have a place in the open air: the famous “Piazzetta” of the seaside village of Portofino, which – like a grand hotel, café or restaurant by the sea – has been a salon of culture and high society since the early twentieth century.
Devoted to those who enjoy cultural tourism, the Guide presents the two hundred and forty oldest and most prestigious hotels, restaurants, trattorie, pastry-shops, confectioners’, and grappa stores, which have made the history of Italy in terms of their illustrious patrons and the events they have hosted. An exclusive journey to discover and enjoy the finest establishments, which maintain and hand down the delights of tradition, with architecture, memorabilia, furnishings and memories of great artistic, cultural and civic value.
With line drawings in true nineteenth-century style created by the painter Gianni Renna, and directed by journalist Claudio Guagnini, the Guide is published in English and Italian and is 280 pages long. Each page of the Guide is devoted to a single establishment.
Copies are available free of charge at the Association headquarters and from Association members. If you wish to receive a copy by post, at no more than the cost of shipping, please contact the secretary’s office of the Association using the form “Contact Us” at this web site:
DRAWINGS: GIANNI RENNA