Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista: An incredible modern art hotel near Verona

Like any business person, I keep track of what makes my clients happy. I know the guides, restaurants, hotels and attractions across Italy that will make a majority of clients fall (more) in love with the country. But I also know of many other gems that the majority of people probably won’t love, but that the right person will adore. The Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista is one of them. For anyone who likes modern art, appreciates the unique and quirky, and wants a high-end hotel anywhere near Verona or Lake Garda, look no further. 

Art hotel byblos outside 2
The outside of the hotel looks just like a classic 15th century Veneto villa. Which it is.

Byblos art hotel furniture

The inside was fully restored and opened as a working hotel in 2005, but is also a permanent collection of original artworks by artists from around the world. The furniture, tableware, and bedroom lamps are part of the art, and some of it is from the Byblos pret a porter collection which means if you like it, it’s available for purchase.


There are a million things to do in the area, including visiting Verona and its opera festival, Lake Garda, Padua, Palladian villas in the Veneto, or even Venice. Not to mention you’re in the middle of Valpolicella wine country. But you’ll want to spend some time at the hotel exploring its gardens, spa, or eating at its gourmet restaurant (which is open to the public, so you can go eat dinner there even if you’re not a guest).

Art hotel byblos piscina

This post probably sounds like an ad, but I’m not getting any compensation from the Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista for this post. I wanted to feature it on this website because it’s a good fit for many Italy Beyond the Obvious travelers. However, if you book a stay at this hotel using the link in this article, it won’t cost you extra, but Italy Beyond the Obvious will get a small commission.

All photos belong to Byblos Art Hotel

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Venice & the Veneto | 8 Comments


  1. Alice
    February 16, 2011

    The place looks surreal, I might love it=)

  2. bweiss
    February 17, 2011

    What a beautiful hotel, looks like a 5 star resort

  3. daisy chakra
    April 17, 2011

    Wow – that is a unique situation, right there. Breathtaking.

  4. Eddy Wisseman
    April 19, 2011

    The yellow room is bright! Literally! I love the contrast of the furnishings with the architecture of the rooms. It’s so uncommon that it’s so good. But my god, the swimming pool and the poolside view were breathtaking!

  5. Bluegreen Kirk
    May 23, 2011

    Very nice looking hotel! I would love to stay there if I vacationed in Verona. Thanks for the post!

  6. Dennis
    July 5, 2011

    Excellent! It’s a modern hotel! Is it expensive or not? I think that it is not cheap. But if i take a holiday in Verona, of course i will stay there and take a relax with spa, swimming, etc …

  7. long
    December 8, 2011

    This place looks amazing, thank you very much.

  8. piscina
    March 30, 2012

    What a beutiful place have added it to my places to visit this year, Thanks for the post


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