A boutique hotel, a jewel of craftsmanship unmatched in Milan, which draws on living cultures from all over the world, starting with the enchanted lands of Morocco and Southeast Asia.
Vico Milano was born from the idea of Neri Baccheschi Berti, whose parents owns the Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany, a lover of beauty and interior decoration by family heritage, who wanted to create a place that best expresses the essence of his ideal vision of hospitality.
A job in high finance, after a motorcycle accident that pushes him to rethink his life, Neri discovers a passion for the art of the hôtellerie business and thus begins to devote himself to the family business in Tuscany and to fantasize about the fate of a property they owned in Milan, in Corso Genova.
Vico combines the art of hospitality and the craftsmanship of all cultures that have fascinated me during my travels, from Morocco to Indonesia; a place to feel at home, protected and pampered.
(Neri Baccheschi Berti)
Vico boutique hotel is located, in fact, in a place rich in history: the factory where the legendary Legnano racing bikes were designed, then transformed in the 90s into the showroom of Bungai, the fashion brand created by Neri’s mother and later left unused. So in 2019, with the collaboration of the Sicilian architect Giuseppe Alito, Neri began the restructuring of the space, with the idea of giving shape to an unprecedented model of hospitality for Milan that would combine the best of the many cultures known during his travels, with common areas where you can feel at home, and a highly refined interior.
After two and a half years of work in which the building has been completely redesigned, starting from the original 3-floor open space structure reminiscent of the patios of Moroccan riads, in 2021 Vico was born, “little brother” (also in the naming) of the Vicarello Castle, a world where no two angles are alike because everything has been tailor-made.
Starting with the incredible bathrooms, each made of Zeleg tiles shipped directly from the city of Fez, in Morocco, which the entrepreneur selected by hand color by color, and for which it took over a month of installation by specialized craftsmen.
The finishes and materials of the 7 magnificent suites and common areas of the boutique hotel are as precious as they are original, unusual for a hotel, as they are usually used for luxurious private residences, such as the Siena pink marble utilized for the wooden table of the library, designed by Neri himself, the carpets that are in the suites and in the hall, specially made in Morocco, the details in brushed mat brass, or the vintage oriental touches such as the 70s Indonesian tapestries and the Chinese antiques.
There is also a tribute to Italian design with cult objects such as the rattan armchair by Lio Carminati and Gio Ponti originally designed for the cruise ship Conte Biancamano in the early 1950s or the furniture by Amma, whilst beds, tables and wardrobes were designed by architect Giuseppe Alito and handmade by Tuscan and Sicilian artisans.
Vico was designed to make the guest feel truly at home, a residence that could be found in NY, as in Bali, designed to let the imagination travel by adapting to the mood of the moment. In fact, guests have at their disposal a library, a lounge with a cocktail bar, where the excellent organic wines grown in the Baccheschi Berti Tuscan family’s vineyards are also served, and a fitness area with Technogym equipment.
Breakfast is freshly prepared every morning, based on products from the family estate and local artisanal shops, a cuddle with which to start the day.
All the materials were chosen directly on-site by Neri and Giuseppe, the result of their research trips to various countries of the world, such as the green marble in the living room that he bought in Tinos in Greece, a city famous for the processing of this material.