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Following in the footsteps of Hemingway in Italy.

Born on July 21, 1899 in Illinois, Ernest Hemingway was one of the most important figures in twentieth century literature. A true icon and world celebrity, as well as winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize, his adventurous life is linked to places like Spain, Cuba and Florida, but also to Italy.

His first contact with the Belpaese was during the First World War, when the young Ernest was enlisted as a Red Cross ambulance driver. Shortly after being transferred to the banks of the Piave, Hemingway was struck by fragments of a mortar and, in spite of being wounded, did his best to rescue the neighboring soldiers, an exploit that subsequently earned him the honor of a silver medal for military valor from the Italian state.

His convalescence in a hospital in Milan and the failed love story with the nurse Agnes von Kurowsky went on to become the inspiration for his novel "A Farewell to Arms", written 10 years after the events.

This first taste, intense and tragic, of Italian life remained forever indelible in the writer’s heart: he returned to the country several times during his turbulent life.

 

 

RelaisVilla Fiorita

The elegant seventeenth-century Venetian residence was abandoned during the First World War and occupied by American Red Cross troops, and it is here that Hemingway was seriously wounded on the night of the 8th of July, 1818. An exhibition housed in the rooms of the villa retraces this experience and the links that the writer then developed with the territory.

 

Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees

Still convalescing from his war wounds, Hemingway obtained some days of leave that he decided to spend at leisure in the natural beauties of Stresa and Lago Maggiore. He stayed at the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees in room 106, now renamed the Hemingway Suite, spending the day socializing with guests and imbibing the ever-present cocktails in the hotel bar. Hemingway would later return to the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees in 1948, signing the guest book as "An old client".

 

Hotel Bellevue

Hemingway arrived in the heart of the elegant and worldly Cortina in 1923, staying, like many other celebrities of the time, at the Hotel Bellevue. It was in its rooms that he would write one of his debut works of the series "Out of season"

 

Villa Kechler de Asarta

He arrived for the first time in Venice in 1948 and wrote another of his masterpieces "Beyond the river and among the trees", staying in picturesque Torcello. It is during this period that Hemingway made friends with the Kechler brothers, with whom he loved to go fishing or hunting for ducks in the lagoon of Caorle. He was a frequent guest of the Villa Kelcher, among the poplars of the Friulian countryside that he loved so much.

 

Venice and Harry's bar

In the mid-'50s Hemingway became a regular in Venice and its most iconic places, such as the Gritti Palace and Harry's Bar, where a table was reserved for him. Between dinners with friends and wines that Giuseppe Cipriani, the owner of the bar, introduced him to and which he came to love, such as Valpolicella, Hemingway became a permanent presence at the historic bar, so much so that he himself launched a new cocktail, the Montgomery, inspired by the English general.