Italy at your doorstep

Weekend Glitz | Ivy Ong-Wood 23 Jul 2021

Don't call K11 Musea a shopping mall - it is a "cultural-retail destination." And true to its positioning, it has come up with its most ambitious summer program yet: Villa Musea.

Knowing that we still can't travel to Italy, it is bringing Italy to us. From now until September 12, you can indulge your wanderlust with art and cultural happenings, as well as food and drinks, from the country.

Think summer at Lake Como and you get the picture.

Start your journey by booking a free tour with docents greeting you in Italian who will take you on A Journey of Imagination with Italian music playing in the background.

As Lake Como resort has been home to one of the most well-known classic car shows in the world since 1929, Villa Musea pays homage to it by teaming up with the Classic Car Club of Hong Kong to host The Musea Classic. Over 20 of the world's most beautiful and rare collectible cars will be featured in two phases from now until August 8.

Some, like Hong Kong's only 2020 Ferrari Monza SP2, will be showcased on the ground level, but petrolheads will get a real kick out of the garage in the basement, which has been fitted out like a James Bond-esque lair to house cars such as Ferrari's first four-seater sportscar, the1962 250 GT/E, and 007's original Aston Martin, the DB2 Mark III.

Man cannot live on cars alone. Fortunately, Villa Musea is hosting a Campari Pop Up Bar, where you can fuel up with exclusive cocktails and antipasti within sight of the rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB (one of only 165 built).

And for a touch of culture, book a seat at K11 Art House's The Met: Live in HD. In the lineup are Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola, as well as Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme and Tosca. Lighter entertainment is also available in the form of short films and jazz performances at the Sunken Plaza.

Families can take part in acting classes and creative workshops under K11 Kulture Academy to learn to make a traditional Italian straw boater or paint floral teacups inspired by Leonardo da Vinci (from HK$580).

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