Still sulking under the AC when all you can dream about is a Mediterranean summer getaway from a distant time?If you happen to be in Hong Kong this summer, then you’re in luck. The city’s cultural-retail landmark, K11 MUSEA, has been transformed into a picturesque lakeside villa, drawing inspiration from the shores of one of Italy’s oldest retreat destinations—Lake Como.
TEXT: CoBo Editorial
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This summer, a laid-back, idyllic Italian retreat beckons at K11 MUSEA. The cultural-retail landmark has been transformed into a scenic lakeside holiday destination inspired by Lake Como, the cult-favourite resort area in Lombardy. Reimagined as VILLA MUSEA, a feast for the senses that encompasses all things the Bel Paese is known and loved for awaits—from its applauded gastronomy, to art and culture offerings, and its sleek showcase of luxury cars—you’ll forget about the blazing Hong Kong humidity for a moment.
Among the delectable culinary offerings of VILLA MUSEA, nothing says Italian more than an afternoon aperitivo. Camparino, the original Campari bar located in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and an iconic aperitivo venue that arguably popularised the ritual, will be recreated at Artisan Lounge as a pop-up bar that serves up a time-limited menu of eight Campari-inspired cocktails, where the bittersweet, herbaceous liquor stars in classics such as the Americano and Negroni, alongside three newly created cocktails by the in-house bartender.
Indulge in a specially curated selection of Italian grub, including an afternoon tea set inspired by the summery breeze of Lake Como, and a “Summer Festa” a la carte menu created by renowned chefs Alessandro Angelini and Luca De Beradinis, owners of Sai Ying Pun eatery Lucale, which features classic Italian fare that span appetizer, main dishes and dessert.
Your Italian adventures continue with THE MUSEA CLASSICS, an extravagant preview of some of the world’s most coveted luxury cars. The event pays tribute to Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an annual gathering of classic and vintage cars that takes place on the western shores of Lake Como every May. For the occasion, VILLA MUSEA joins hands with The Classic Car Club of Hong Kong, a non-profit organisation established in 1979 by Hong Kong’s classic car enthusiasts, to showcase more than 20 iconic and vintage automobile, many of which are being shown in Hong Kong for the first time. Placed at the Salisbury Road entrances of K11 MUSEA is a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB—one of Ferrari’s rarest and most iconic models that was dubbed “the best driver’s car” during its era, with only 165 existing units in the world. More cars await at the exhibition space “Garage” on B2, including the gorgeous 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II, which boasted multiple revolutionary designs at the time of its production, and was crowned “most elegant Rolls-Royce” by the jury of Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2010.
A trip to Italy will never be complete without some art and culture affairs. Throughout the weekends of July and August, VILLA MUSEA will bring together a stream of Italian creative experiences ranging from screenings of classic Italian operas at K11 Art House, jazz concerts at the Sunken Plaza, to family-friendly workshops teaching millinery and Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting techniques. Joining in on the artful summer celebration are a host of artworks by Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama’s futuristic Aquatic series, on view at K11 MUSEA’S Gold Ball from 16 July onwards.