The 17 uniquely-decorated guest suites within the four villas are named after previous owners, special guests or operatic works. There's Turandot, an opulent Oriental retreat with an intimate bedroom alcove clad in blue, green and gold fabric, and the suitably romantic Romeo & Giuletta with deep red velvet furnishings and a private terrace. Or there's Diaghilev, named after the eponymous Russian founder of Les Ballets Russes: nautically-themed, with a magnificent roll-top claw-footed bath and double sink where mirrors have been masterfully placed to ensure that even your morning shave is accompanied by sea views. Undeniably there's an allure about staying in the same suites that have accommodated such illustrious guests, as though remnants of their talents live within the walls to inspire the next Donald Downes or Maria Callas. For those nonplussed by fame and fortune, don't doubt Villa TreVille's ability to leave a lasting impression. Even the new owner, hotelier Giovanni Russo, was so enchanted by its charm when he bought the property in 2007 that he aimed to preserve its heritage and authenticity with the help of Zeffirelli's friend, architect Fausta Geatani, changing as little as possible. Zeffirelli's sprawling suite still contains his books and Syrian furniture. One of the most impressive updates is an enormous en-suite rain shower converted from a former bread oven, with original brick ceiling intact. To test out its acoustics with some shower singing, make a reservation for Bernstein. An Oriental-Mediterranean sanctuary complete with an adjoined living room and sun-dappled terrace, the American composer Leonard Bernstein composed the music for the film 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon' here. Whichever suite you choose, you're guaranteed to get a taste of la dolce vita at Villa TreVille.
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