Art hotels: Asmundo di Gisira, Catania

Located on the East Coast of Sicily, facing the Ionian Sea, Catania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a city rich in history and legend, harkening to a past plagued by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions thanks to neighboring Mount Etna. While transforming an 18th-century former mansion, Giuseppe Minaldi and Valentina Giampiccolo, cofounders of Italian firm Studio GUM, not only embraced Catania’s past but also reinforced it with an unconventional design sensibility that nods to the stories and symbols that define the ancient Italian city. “It stimulates the curiosity of the visitors,” says Giampiccolo, “pushing them to explore their surroundings” and reflect on and celebrate the legacy of Catania.

Lookin' good: The Maven at Dairy Block, Denver

As Denver’s LoDo neighborhood continues to boom following the highly successful renovation of Union Station, all eyes are on a new development a few blocks away from the train depot, courtesy of McWhinney and Grand American, as well as locally based Sage Hospitality. The 172-room Maven, a sister property to Union Station’s Crawford Hotel (also a Sage property), is one part of the ambitious mixed-use project that occupies a former industrial site with public spaces from Brooklyn-based Crème and guestrooms by local architect Johnson Nathan Strohe.

Eat earth at Gallery Hotel Art Florence

The new art installation at Lungarno Collection’s Gallery Hotel Art in Florence might be cutting-edge, but its focus actually is on a less incisive utensil — the spoon.

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