< ITALY | SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE: Grand Hotel Miramare
It was in 1903 that Mr. Giacomo Costa inaugurated the Miramare, entrusting its management to Kuoni-Stoppani, founders of the renowned Swiss travel agency: it was in this way that one of the first Grand Hotels on the Portofino Coast came about.
From the very beginning the hotel was the scene of some important historical events. At the start of the century, in its lounge, a very well known civil lawyer from Milan, named Claretto,
gave the introductory speech during the ceremony for the opening of the new road between Santa Margherita and Portofino.
In 1933, from the panoramic terrace of the Miramare and for the first time in history, Guglielmo Marconi transmitted telegraphic radio and telephonic radio signals to a distance of 150 Km, thanks to microwaves of 60 cm. The hotel became the scientist’s headquarters where he lodged in suite number 105. This suite still bears his name today.
Marconi experiments are only one of several events which have characterised the Miramare’s many seasons; particularly notable is the International Conference for the "Pool of Coal and Steel" presided over by De Gasperi and by the French First Minister Plevin, from which the European Economic Community (EEC) was eventually formed. It took place at the Miramare in February 1951. Moreover, in 1971, the Emperor of Ethiopia, Hailé Seilassié, made one of his two stops at the hotel during his official visit to Italy.
Since 1945, the hotel has belonged to the Fustinoni family, who have always keenly sought to satisfy the needs of their international customers, as they did for Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, for whom they especially created a honeymoon suite. Among others Miramare celebrities: King Hussein of Jordan, King Constantine of Greece, Prince and Princess Ranieri of Monaco and Sophia Loren.
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