Themed brunches, fairy-tale decorations, special dinners: in the big hotels there are many and imaginative initiatives, each according to its own style and attitude. A fixed point, for everyone, is an adequate gastronomic proposal, which is concentrated on holidays but begins earlier. Festive activities begin as before: from the last days of November, in fact, garlands and festive decorations begin to be brought out and the first lights are turned on. An unequivocal sign that Christmas is upon us.
Christmas 2022. The initiatives of the hotels in Rome
In Rome, for example, theHassler, the hotel overlooking Trinità dei Monti: the last weekend of November kicked off the celebrations, with plays of light and decorations to bring the Christmas spirit to life, starting with the large decorated tree that welcomes the hall, the theme, to experience a markedly Italian Christmas, inspired by tradition and domestic intimacy, in the Eva Salon and in the Palm Court, transformed for the occasion (and until early January) into a Winter Garden in to relax among candles, seats and themed decorations, blankets for relaxing outdoors without fearing low temperatures, thanks to the offer of teas, infusions, hot chocolates, but also champagne and thematic cocktails, such as the Christmas Vodka Cooler, the Spritz Skiwasser and the Apple Strudel Cocktail. Among other things, hotel guests will be able to choose a suite transformed into a wonderland, with Christmas trees, lights, ornaments and decorations. On holidays, the two restaurants, the Imàgo and the Salone Eva, offer special menus.
Christmas starts on Monday 28 November atAnantara Palazzo Naiadithe hotel that stands on the ancient Baths of Diocletian (the traces of which are visible from the lower floor), with a 3D light show that marks the lighting of the tree in Prisca, the new hotel lobby bar, which still retains original elements commissioned by Pope Clement XI for the Vatican in 1705. A special tree, 5 meters high, created by interior designers Salvo Nicosia and Stefano Liardo – founders of the Thesign Gallery space in Rome – with Rosenthal porcelain, a true art installation with the historical porcelains of the German company.
The holiday season of Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel instead, it starts on the first day of December, with the lighting of the tree. A sustainable tree, as is now customary for the hotel which for four years has won the Green Key Certification, an international brand recognized by Unesco. A tree without a tree, a design installation suspended in the center of the hall that restores the traditional shape of the tree created with sparkling lights and decorations: suspended elements, hung from invisible transparent threads of recycled nylon which, at the end of the holiday season, will in turn recovered and reused to create other compositions. Christmas at the Rome Cavalieri house is declined in cold tones of white, gray and blue, with decorations and lights that create an atmosphere that refers to winter landscapes, open horizons and the colors of the sky, an invitation to daydream open, and to experience relaxing and magical atmospheres, in harmony, in the fullness of that Dreaming Blue that creates dreamlike suggestions without forgetting the link with nature and attention to the environment. Just as for the tree-non-tree which expresses openness to the new, to the digital, to experimentation as a strategy for protecting the environment and experiencing tradition in a new and sustainable way. On the food front, the appointments of the hotel restaurants range from S’Brunch of the Olive Grove, the Sunday appointment of the Rome Cavalieri created by the Executive Chef Fabio Boschero in collaboration with Slow Food Rome, which on December 25th is declined in a Christmas version. But there are also appointments on the key days of the holidays. And the one with the quintessential Christmas cake: panettone. This year Dario Nuti offers it with hints of orange, in addition to the traditional one and with chocolate and apricot.
for theAleph Rome Hotel (Curio Collection by Hilton), in the heart of Rome, the festive season is called “Aleph in Wonderland”: an invitation to experience a dreamlike moment of magic, fantasy and daydreaming. Be Curious is the invitation that the hotel makes to its customers. Atmospheres that recreate a wonderland in which, between lights and shadows, mirrors and surprising settings, attention to the environment is never lacking – with low-consumption light decorations and plastic-free materials – and to solidarity with targeted actions carried out in collaboration with the Community of Sant’Egidio. The gastronomic events are also themed: on 24 December there is the Christmas Dinner in Wonderland at the Sky Blu Rooftop Restaurant, on December 25th we start with breakfast: “Once upon a time” Breakfast, with the arrival of Santa Claus and the Cinema in Wonderland with the projection of the Walt Disney cartoon Alice in Wonderlandcombined with the special It’s always tea time afternoon tea. On December 3rd there is the Dinner Wonderland Grand Gala @lobby while the New Year’s Le Petit Chef will be staged at the 1930 restaurant. Also themed show of traditional fireworks with the “Countdown and Toast with the White Rabbit. On January 6, the Befana is with Solidarity Socks in collaboration with the Community of Sant’Egidio.
Christmas 2022. The initiatives of the hotels in Milan
A glittering Christmas, that of Mandarin Oriental, Milan, with an installation created in collaboration with Swarovski. The crystals are the decorative element for the common areas, but also for welcome gifts for guests who have made use of the “Winter Sparkles” package. Among other things, for each package purchased, the hotel will donate a portion of profits to the Swarovski Foundation, which works to support culture and creativity, promote well-being and conserve natural resources while contributing to a positive social impact. gastronomic proposal, at the Mandarin Garden throughout the month of December there is an Exotic Christmas Punch” served – of course – in the Swarovski x Rosenthal service.
The Park Hyatt Milan celebrate with an initiative aimed at all children, on 17 December, with entertainment organized by the hotel, on the side of the hotel in Via Silvio Pellico, a sleigh with reindeer and 15 Santa Clauses from the Compagnia dei Babbi who will give sweets to children and passers-by.
Christmas 2022. The initiatives of the hotels in Venice
Christmas has been on stage in Venice since 21 November, when the events that illuminate the calli, streets and squares of the Serenissima began, the skating rink in Campo San Paolo, the New Year’s fireworks on the Lagoon and the Regatta of the Epiphany on the Grand Canal. And the big hotels have no shortage of initiatives for the occasion. atAman Venice, the kick-off is – according to tradition – on December 8, with the lighting of the majestic Christmas tree in the lobby at 18:30, then it continues throughout the month, with themed activities for the whole family, such as the Christmas biscuit workshop for the little ones or a visit to the Bottega Cini to create Murano glass beads. On December 24th the day winds between afternoon tea (served amidst the notes of Christmas carols accompanied by the piano) Christmas Eve dinner and – after midnight – a cup of hot chocolate accompanied by a slice of panettone from the Paduan pastry shop Giotto of the prison “Due Palazzi”, part of a project to integrate into society. Lunch and dinner also for Christmas day and then guided tours, concerts and dinner to end the year. L’Hilton Molino Stucky warm up the banks of the Giudecca with decorative initiatives and Christmas proposals, after all the festivities – in the hotel – follow the common thread. Christmas Harmony at the Molino. A harmony that pervades every space, starting from the settings that are renewed with festive lights and colours, stars, garlands and themed decorations and the 4 Christmas trees in the halls, and a cascade of lights that designs the hotel with reflections which becomes , thus, an enchanting place where guests can experience the spirit of the holidays, preparing the decorations for the Tree of Wishes in the lounge, attending the organized concerts, while for the little ones there are moments of play (from 21 December to January 7) and the presence of Santa Claus with his sleigh on December 25, when the restaurant offers Christmas lunch. Two options for the New Year’s Eve dinner, while the Skyline Rooftop Bar offers, in this period, cocktails and mocktails created ad hoc by the barmen, based on traditional Christmas ingredients
Christmas 2022. The initiatives of the hotels in Florence
To the Four Seasons Hotel Florence it begins on December 11 with The Reds & the Whites, a charity dinner in favor of the Patrizio Cipollini Foundation in the Lobby of Palazzo della Gherardesca, with a menu based on truffles and a final auction with stays in Four Seasons properties of all the world. The following week, 18 December 2022, there is the now traditional Open Day – also for charity – which involves local restaurants and producers, with entertainment, a market and music for a party in the Gherardesca Garden; the proceeds of the day this year are donated to the Patrizio Cipollini Foundation (in support of ten young refugees who have entered the world of work in the hospitality sector) and to the Tommasino Bacciotti Foundation (in favor of families with children suffering from brain tumors). The gastronomic appointments with chef Paolo Lavezzini are for the Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners, while the famous Four Seasons brunch on this occasion dresses up for Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s events, without forgetting Santa Claus for the children. To complete the offer, the New Year’s Gala, with dinner at the Il Palagio restaurant and after dinner with music and entertainment in the Lobby. This year the Gherardesca Panettone is a tribute to nature, starting from the packaging and arriving at the recipe that celebrates the spontaneous flavors of the earth such as laurel, rosemary and chestnut honey – an invitation to get lost in the Gherardesca Garden – the Apulian almonds and Brazil nuts. The new
The 25 Hoursthe Dante-themed hotel divided between heaven and hell, signed by Paola Navone, launches The House in the Gardena fairy-tale location in the heart of the Hotel Garden, for Dinners, Events and Celebrations.
Christmas 2022. The initiatives of the hotels in Naples
To the Gran Hotel Parker’s a month of initiatives starting from 7 December. It starts with Parker’s meets Bond, the pfirst traveling exhibition in Naples dedicated to Bond, curated by Michelangelo Iossa. But it is on the 8th that the Christmas spirit enters the heart with the switching on of the lights of the Christmas tree and the Christmas concert by the Sanitansamble youth orchestra. The most important gastronomic appointments are obviously those of the Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas lunch while for the New Year’s Eve dinner we return to the atmosphere of James Bond with an evening inspired by the film Diamonds are forever, even in the dishes and cocktails while the following day There is the New Year’s brunch. Christmas is also the time to look to others, with #parkerscharity initiatives: the Christmas Concert, the distribution of meals prepared by chef Vincenzo Fioravante for the Sant’Egidio Community, and that of Domenico Candela for the inmates of the Aversa prison, while Parker’s collaboration with the Nisida Juvenile Prison continues.
Christmas 2022. The initiatives of the hotels in Taormina
To the Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel of Taormina expects December 12 to decorate the tree with the participation of the guests of the hotel and the children of the elementary school of Taormina. A festive appointment that enlivens the hotel, while adding sweetness Sweet December, the appointment with sweets and chocolate, on Saturday afternoon on the terrace of the Bar Timeo. On December 11th, 18th, 25th and January 1st, the Timeo restaurant offers a Sicilian brunc, based on the typical flavors of the island, while on the evening of December 31st there is the New Year’s Gala to wait until midnight with a party with a view of Etna in which to relive the magical and glamorous atmosphere of Taormina in the 1920s.