On 2nd July, Ghetaldi 1516 welcomed its first accredited press visit, as part of a wider luxury travel feature covering the Elaphiti Archipelago, its traditions, history, accommodation and gastronomy and published in prestigious French magazine “Le Figaro”.
The article describes how the renaissance villas of the island of Sipan like Ghetaldi 1516, often exceeded in luxury and refinement the palaces built inside the walls of Dubrovnik. It further comments:
“Recently restored, the summer residence of the famous Ghetaldi family is one of the oldest in the region. Built at the very beginning of the 16th century, it overlooks a walled garden in medieval-influenced terraces, whose irregularly laid out flowerbeds are in fact oriented according to the path of the sun. The handrail of the staircase leading to the garden is supported by sculpted hands identical to those in the Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik, showing the power of the Ghetaldi.” (translated from French).
The seven-day program also saw the journalist and photographer visit the islands of Lopud, Koločep, Sv. Andrew and Daksa. In Dubrovnik itself they toured the City, Lokrum and the walls, and took a ride on the cable car to see the spectacular view of the Elaphiti Islands, which are the focus of the article.
The article was written by journalist Sarah Chevalley with images by award-winning photographer Eric Martin. Le Figaro magazine has a print run of 370,000 copies and has 1,300,000 readers in France and Benelux. The article is also available on the Le Figaro website (paywall).