Monday, 16 July 2018

IMPERIAL TRAMONTANO – THE place to stay to finish that book...

Our friend, the builder Mark Lomas, introduces us to some nice places.

He commissioned this painting, which I did as an acrylic on board. He and his family had been there last summer, so this modest hotel had some significance.
Hotel Tramontano  Acrylic on Board  60 x 43 cm
Intrigued, I did a bit of research. The hotel’s website provide insights with a tipicamente italianoflourish

' Since 1812, The Imperial Hotel Tramontano, overlooking the most beautiful part of the Gulf of Naples, nourished the romantic culture of the picturesque, sublime and landscapes of 19th century travellers visiting Sorrento. 

Along with the classic, refined and elegant style: the oldest wing dates back to the 16th century, and its architecture represent the most viewed image of Sorrento worldwide. In the background, the imposing profile of Vesuvius is silhouetted against a sky blazing with romantic sunsets. 

Throughout its long history, originally as a private residence then from 1812 as a hotel, the Imperial Hotel Tramontano has had the great privilege of playing host to the most important personages of the literary world.

It is now legend that Milton visited the hotel during one of his longer travel periods. 

Tramontano guests also include Goethe, Byron, Scott, Shelley, Lamartine, Musset, Keats, Leopardi and Longfellow. James Fennimore Cooper lived here until the completion of Water Witch, and it was here that Harriet Beecher Stowe found her inspiration for Agnes of Sorrento. During a six-month stay here, Ibsen wrote his immortal Ghosts. '

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