Two hot new openings on Italy’s hotel scene

A renovated lighthouse on an Aeolian island vineyard opens as a six-room complex, while Florence’s Hotel Savoy gets a cool, colourful makeover

Capofaro’s new lighthouse rooms offer breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea
Capofaro’s new lighthouse rooms offer breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea | Image: Alessandro Moggi

In Sicily’s Aeolian Islands, Salina has a reputation for being more low-key than Panarea, its glittering neighbour to the east; but it’s home to arguably the loveliest (and certainly the most elegant) hotel in this archipelago: Capofaro (capofaro.it; from €260), on the Tasca d’Almerita family’s Malvasia vineyard estate, whose workers’ cottages have been upcycled to house the understated rooms, library and award-winning restaurant. After years of sensitive restructuring, the landmark lighthouse – from which Capofaro takes its name – is now its own six-room complex, flush at the edge of a 46m bluff overlooking the Tyrrhenian to the volcanic island of Stromboli.

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Up in Florence, meanwhile, two formidably stylish women – Rocco Forte Collection’s Olga Polizzi and Laudomia Pucci, image director of her family’s fashion house – have joined forces to restyle the Hotel Savoy (roccofortehotels.com; from €648). The renovation sees the room count reduced from 102 to 80, the lobby’s 5m-tall ceilings uncovered and the whole washed in bright-white by Polizzi – all the better to flatter the candy-hued Pucci prints on pillows, armchairs and rugs.

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