The splendours of past times are echoed in the Bar of the Nineteenth Century Villa.
The delicate beige, toffee and bright blue shades of the frescoed ceiling are enhanced by gold-coloured embroidery, period stucco work and family crests.
The taste of privilege can be savoured in the exquisite crystal chandeliers, the imposing wooden counter, the finely-carved marble fireplace and the white of the fabrics which add light to the rooms.
The colours of the bar and the adjoining lounge are repeated to magnificent effect in the neo classical colonnade, creating an effect of continuity between indoors and out.
And when nature makes its contribution in the form of the sunset, the Villa and the surrounding gardens merge into a whole of much greater significance.
An aperitif becomes a magical ritual, with the sun painting the sky and sea a glowing apricot shade, and cancelling the distances between inside and outside.