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CULTURE OF HOSPITALITY

 

Expo 2015, a unique event to show who we are

On the banks of the lake you’ll find countless opportunities made available for the thousands of guests who have come to see us during Expo: the most important global event of 2015
Feeding the planet, Energy for life. On the one hand, the theme of EXPO 2015 hits very close to home, on the other it is of absolute, universal importance as resource management and the search for efficient alternative energy sources have become critical topics for the future of humanity.
Thanks to our event with similar goals, Italy will be under the microscope and will host thousands of tourists, professionals, academia, researchers, artists, and scientists who from May to October will not only travel around Milan, but will also peruse the thousands of opportunities that our country has to offer. Art, culture, entertainment, fun, nature: Italy is truly a marvellous country. This is the reason why it is our duty to protect, defend and make our country accessible to everyone without exclusions.
For the occasion, the Grand Hotel Majestic is setting up a series of offers and initiatives in harmony with the spirit of Expo 2015 and dedicated to those who wish to discover Italy’s charm, beauty, culture and our flair for hospitality. Flair for hospitality is a direct indication of a community or society’s level of culture. In antiquity, the host would become the guest’s “guarantor”. Nowadays, knowing how to “host” means being able to offer guests the key to understanding our way of being, acting and communicating. The higher the level of understanding means fewer obstacles to a dimension of civil cohabitation in the future. To this end, the Grand Hotel Majestic offers a short tour whose title alone intrigues the taste and sensory buds: Made in Piemonte, Lago Maggiore e Barolo. This short tour between Langhe and Lake Maggiore includes two nights at the Relais Villa D'Amelia, a skilfully renovated residence from the 1800’s in Langhe and dinner at the Villa’s restaurant rated with a Michelin star, as well as two nights at the Grand Hotel Majestic and dinner at our restaurant on the banks of the lake. This is an exclusive opportunity to visit Langhe, one of the most renowned areas of wine and food in the world with its extraordinary vineyards, blooming hazel trees and green forests, as well as experiencing the beauty of Lake Maggiore and its magical islands.
Remaining in the theme of hospitality, culture has always had a fixed placed within the Majestic. Proof of this is the exhibit of Gabriele Kromer, a German artist who for years has displayed her graphics in a dedicated hall of the Hotel. Next season all designs will be inspired by the theme WE SHARE referring to the importance of sharing between the richest and poorest nations. Together with the artist, boxes and gadgets will be erected dedicated to the theme and an art piece will be exhibited outside the entrance to Majestic’s restaurant to call guest’s attention to this important issue.
The bond between the Grand Hotel Majestic and culture is underlined, or rather reaffirmed, by our collaboration with the Borromean Islands and the conception of three offers that put guests in the best position to discover and enjoy one of the wonders of the world: the gardens and the villas of the Borromean Islands. These trips offered by the Majestic, and appropriately named Glicine, Rododendro, and Camelia include visits to the Islands’ villas and gardens on a private boat accompanied by an expert guide, aperitif on Isola Bella and dinner in a typical restaurant, a welcome drink on the panoramic terrace of our Hotel, and access to the spa including the pool, solarium, gym and sauna.
From spring to autumn, all of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding towns will put on spectacular events, some of which are even internationally known. The list includes: Stresa Music Week, the Film Festival of Locarno and the Jazz Festival of Ascona. These three dates alone are worth a visit to Lake Maggiore. But there is more! From Verbania to Domodossola, and Lago d’Orta there is Letteraltura, the festival of literature dedicated to the mountains, travel and adventure, which takes place between June and July. In Domodossola, home to the medieval palace that once belonged to the De Rodis family, and which today belongs to the Poscio family, one can admire the Collezione Poscio (Poscio Collection) which exhibits a collection of 110 works of art by John Constable, Franceso Hayez, Giovanni Fattori, Giovanni Segantini, Giuseppe De Nittis, Ottone Rosai and Carlo Fornara. These pieces have been taken from the collection of Alessandro and Paola Poscio. In Gallarate you can find MAGA, one of the most vivacious and innovative museums of modern and contemporary art. In Varese there is Villa Panza immersed in a magnificent park representing one of the jewels of Italian art in the heart of Europe.
Among the countless offers, initiatives and events that delight visitors to Expo 2015, we must mention the work of our dear friend and artist Velasco Vitali, creator of Foresta Rossa (Red Forest), an exhibit that has been displayed for two years on Isola Madre and in the halls of the Majestic. His work has also been presented at Berlinale, the film festival of Berlin 2015, together with a documentary film made with Francesco Clerici titled Il gesto delle mani (Hand Gestures). His piece Fatamorgana will be restored and permanently exhibited in the waters of Lake Maggiore as a symbol of the relationship between nature and culture; a relationship which, in these waters, has always successfully reinvented itself. Consideration is also being given to a possible installation of his artwork in Bellano at the Lake of Lecco for the beginning of the summer.
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Written by:
Grand Hotel Majestic, Editor