Category: Italy

Photograph of the week: Stars over the Adriatic

Photograph of the week: Stars over the Adriatic

This image was taken around midnight from Star Clippers’ ‘Royal Clipper’, looking straight up at the stars above the Adriatic while sailing from Venice to Rovinj in Croatia. Royal Clipper has five masts and 42 sails and is the largest commercial passenger vessel of its kind. The photographer used a 60 second exposure with the […]

Interview with Rana Florida, CEO of the Creative Class Group

Interview with Rana Florida, CEO of the Creative Class Group

Rana Florida is the CEO of the Creative Class Group, managing new business development, marketing, consulting, research and global operations. The firm’s clients include BMW, Converse, Starwood, IBM, Philips, and Zappos to name just a few. Rana has appeared as a guest on The Today Show and MSNBC and was featured on the front business […]

Top 8 unusual luxury retreats

Top 8 unusual luxury retreats

There are countless beautiful hotels these days, with luxurious interiors and perfect locations making them pretty hard to beat. But we’ve been seeking something a little more extraordinary. From incredible tree houses you’ve always dreamed about to hidden underwater boltholes, we’ve uncovered the best places for a unique yet luxurious get away. A night in an igloo? […]

The Mediterranean’s top 3 surreal underwater destinations

The Mediterranean’s top 3 surreal underwater destinations

The Earth’s oceans and seas cover more than 70% of the planet’s surface and still 95% of this realm remains unexplored by human life. Life in the oceans is unrivalled in its beauty and yet we have better maps of Mars than we do of the ocean floor. Considering that there are more artefacts and […]

10 iconic World Heritage Sites and the places to stay when visiting

10 iconic World Heritage Sites and the places to stay when visiting

There are currently 981 World Heritage Sites worldwide. To be considered one it has to have ‘outstanding universal value’ and falls into the following sites: cultural, natural and mixed. A World Heritage Site could range from being a building, a mountain, a lake to a desert, monument, forest and even a city. Here are just […]

Step back in time and discover the world's best kept secret beaches

Step back in time and discover the world’s best kept secret beaches

There is nothing more satisfying than personally discovering hidden treasures of golden sand and crystal clear water. The simple pleasures of pristine beauty await those fortunate enough to research thoroughly enough, or travel far enough to find them. The thought of a day or more at the one of the best kept beaches rewards the […]

5 things to do when visiting Lake Como

5 things to do when visiting Lake Como

On my most recent trip to Italy, I found myself on the stunning shores of Lake Como. Often overshadowed by its large celebrity following (featured vacation getaway of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and more), Lake Como offers so much more than its high celebrity status. If you find yourself in this heavenly sanctuary, here are […]

Top 5 literary locations

Top 5 literary locations

Art and travel have always had a special relationship, with one influencing the other for centuries. And now luxury travellers can truly ‘lose’ themselves in their favourite novel, film or play during their time away. Peter Jackson’s blockbuster The Hobbit focused the world’s eyes on New Zealand as a key destination and, consequently lit the […]

10 'can’t miss' rooftop bars around the world

10 ‘can’t miss’ rooftop bars around the world

There is nothing that compares to the feeling and excitement that overwhelms you when you arrive in a new city. The excitement and anticipation to try new foods, interact with new people and new ways of life, and experience things that you never knew existed. So, to start planning all of these great things you’re […]

7 of the world's best high-end shopping streets

7 of the world’s best high-end shopping streets

For those of you traveling fashion victims out there, stepping foot on a high-end shopping street is similar to a child walking in a candy store. Let’s face it: while shopping malls are convenient, keeping you warm and dry during colder seasons, they get depressing as well, considering you won’t see the light of day […]

Top 5 Italian wineries that include delicious food pairings

Top 5 Italian wineries that include delicious food pairings

The only thing better than a tasting of good, complex wines, is paring it with perfectly matched, delectable cuisine. Add in a scenic backdrop of rolling vineyards, blue skies, and charming hilltop villages and you have one incredibly enjoyable day on your hands. It’s no wonder why I love to include tasting lunches on several […]

Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter

Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter

With the Easter weekend fast approaching you’ll no doubt be weighing up your travel options for this year’s holiday treat. The hours of research needed to find the perfect destination and the right accommodation can be more than a little overwhelming. Hardly seems worth it for yet another tourist trap experience. What if you could […]

5 of Europe’s best luxury destinations for the Summer

5 of Europe’s best luxury destinations for the Summer

There is a great variety to be found in Europe: from mountainous sceneries to stunning beaches, from bustling cities to picturesque villages. The fact that there is something for every budget makes it a great continent to travel to; however, there are destinations in Europe that mostly cater to those who seek luxury and opulence. […]

3 of the best European chalets for gourmet food

3 of the best European chalets for gourmet food

We all know that hotels and chalets have upped their standards to create ‘foodie’ experiences; guests now get the opportunity to take cookery classes, go out with the chef and source their own truffles, pick their own fruit and veg and, in some cases, receive a certificate about it for bragging rights back home. ‘Foodies’ […]

Top 5 places to visit via water taxi in Venice

Top 5 places to visit via water taxi in Venice

There’s nothing like taking a private water taxi service in Venice to many of the key destinations around the island and the outlying islands. Water taxis are the luxury limousines of Venice with beautifully crafted wooden ships, leather upholstered interiors and rich details. Not only are you getting off quickly to various locations around Venice, […]

The 25 best beaches in the world

The 25 best beaches in the world

Ever wondered what are considered to be the best beaches on the planet?  According to online reviewers on Tripadvisor, the best beach in the world – where even the sharks are supposedly friendly – is in Brazil. Baia do Sancho lies on the fantasy archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, just a short flight from Sao […]

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