“We mixed buckets of martinis for John Wayne, when he dropped by in his 136 foot converted minesweeper Wild Goose”.
Bar All'Aperto is our terrace bar for lolling about above the view with something delicious, and Il Pellicano is our sophisticated piano bar.
Cocktail hour is anytime you wish at our very Italian quisibeve, Bar All'Aperto perched between sky and sea. Federico, our barman is a connoisseur’s mixologist with a personal library of recipes. He always swizzles in something from a local producer, the Pellicano Martini has a hint of Mandarinetto, his Aperol Spritz has a dash of Elisir di China, he has written a book of recipes based on the local liquor Santa Maria Novella.
At Bar Roberto piano notes drift on the night air, legends and royalty who have loved this hotel, casually captured in photography, remain a vivid part of the evening.
Friends toast each other with Franciacorta del Bosco before browsing the Libro dei Vini, a weighty volume with 1700 labels. It is a trove of Italian flavours: Morellino, Vermentino and the Super Tuscan, Masseto or Sassicaia. Of course there is a fine stock of Lafitte and Petrus. The wine cellar can be reserved for tastings, always an engaging hour for connoisseurs and the curious.