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During my stay, I was lucky ...
During my stay, I was lucky enough to meet and interview the owner of Capri Palace, Mr Tonino Cacace an inspirational character that has transformed a family business into the spectacular hotel it is today.
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Tonino Cacace, second-generation owner of the Capri Palace Hotel, talks to Margie Goldsmith about artistic luxury, artisan culture and why bigger really is better
The Blue Island according to Tonino ...
The Blue Island according to Tonino Cacace.
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A classical education at San Giuseppe De Merode in the heart of Rome in Piazza di Spagna, followed by a law degree at 23 and a passion for philosophy, Socrates in particular, that encouraged his
openmindedness and great creativity.A moral , cultural and entrepreneurial legacy left by his
father Mario, who unfortunately died a few years ago, and a strong passion for art that allowed him to turn his
fivestars luxury hotel into a contemporary art temple.This is Tonino Cacace, the elegant owner of the Capri Palace, full of ambitious projects, innovative management ideas and a prodigious creativity.
projects are based on the idea that a hotel owner must excite his
clients, taking into account his
advantage over other facilities and, by this I mean, he
has to invent something new and different, avoiding the standardization of the hotel chains.
" I like to think that you can actually touch the helmet of the Paladin or Plessi's boat, that you can admire Arnaldo Pomodoro's sculptures or dip into a private pool in the Suite Magritte, whose interiors dedicated to the great surrealist maestro were painted by Giorgio Toncelli with the same enthusiasm of a man deeply in love with art and his job' says Cacace
Like an ancient patron, Cacace
has elected art as the distinctive feature of his
hotel, giving life to many activities, among which stands out the project Artists in residence' (curated by Camilla Prini). carried out in collaboration with the New York Guggenheim
and London's Tate Gallery
.May this be the reason why the most famous people of the international jetset choose the Capri Palace
for their stay?Probably.What is sure is that Cacace
is proud of his
selected clients such as Julia Roberts, Whitney Houston and John Grisham
how has Capri
changed in the last thirty years, according to you priviliged point of view?
The hotel has its roots as a locanda, run by the great-grandmother of Tonino Cacace, the Palace's present owner.Built by his father in 1961, Cacace recently renovated the hotel, inspired by the classical elegance of Mediterranean architecture, adding vaulted ceilings, Moorish arches, stone floors, and whitewashed walls.
Besides having an innate sense of style, Cacace
is also a health and fitness fanatic and so envisioned his
hotel spa as a place for innovative healing.
... Meanwhile, in the town of ...
... Meanwhile, in the town of Anacapri, Tonino Cacace, owner of the Palace I Hotel, brought a group of friends and guests to the ruins of the villa Damecuta, said to have been built by the emperor Tiberius.
So the morning after the dance at Damecuta, Cacace
, who has emerged as Anacapri's
chief cheerleader (as well as a sort of super concierge, arranging helicopters and private boats for celebrities), stood in the lobby of his Palace
, beaming.The newspaper had reported that his
town has surpassed its sister in a recent ranking of Italian island resorts, coming in fifth compared to Capri's 19th."We've waited a long time for this," he