Category: Italy

5 great off-season activities in Tuscany

5 great off-season activities in Tuscany

Tuscany is a fabulous and picturesque part of Italy, understandably popular with visitors who enjoy the great cities, art and architecture and wonderful food and wine. Throughout the summer months the main cities, Florence, Pisa and Siena can be unbearably hot and while the hills and mountains are generally cooler, accommodation there is expensive and [...]

5 of the best off-season luxury rental destinations

5 of the best off-season luxury rental destinations

Saying farewell to the holiday season always leaves travelers feeling a little blue. The warmth turns to cold and you long for a vacation after your vacation. But keep your chin up; there are plenty of go-to places for off-season stays that will warm the cockles of your heart and save you a few pennies [...]

3 spa treatments with the ‘wow’ factor

3 spa treatments with the ‘wow’ factor

Love spa treatments?  Looking for something a little different?  Then maybe one of these wonderful options is just what you’re looking for. Here we give a round-up on three rather different spa treatments, each with their own ‘wow’ factor, and that will each leave you feeling extra special. Bush spa treatments A relaxing holistic treatment [...]

5 top tips for delicious cuisine in Rome

5 top tips for delicious cuisine in Rome

Rome is a beautiful city with a history that spans more than more than 2,500 years with so many fascinating things to see and do – so much so that the wonderful culinary experiences you can have there sometimes get overlooked.  Here are my top five tips for tracking down the best  food and drink [...]

10 of the most exclusive luxury hotel services

10 of the most exclusive luxury hotel services

If you believe that a luxurious hotel is just a place to stay for a night, you are wrong. Luxurious hotels offer much more than fashionable interior and unusual exterior to attract visitors. A wish to amaze guests has no limits. Nowadays hotels offer exclusive services for the most sophisticated visitors: from unique spa-procedures to [...]

The 5 best wine destinations in the world

The 5 best wine destinations in the world

Love wine?  Love to incorporate some great wines in your next trip?  Then take a look at this list from TripAdvisor. According to the popular travel review site, these are currently the five best wine destinations in the world. I don’t suppose the French will be happy at not making the list, whilst California’s Napa Valley [...]

The world’s top 10 islands to visit

The world’s top 10 islands to visit

National Geographic has come up with a top 10 islands to visit. Now you might expect to see the islands of the Maldives or maybe one or two of the Greek islands, but no… this list is quite different. There’s no Fiji, no Seychelles, and it seems that even the Galapagos don’t make the grade [...]

Travel in comfort on Italy’s new high-speed train

Travel in comfort on Italy’s new high-speed train

Italy’s new Frecciarossa 1000 is setting the pace for the pace for high-speed trains in the 21st Century. For those who enjoy a little luxury, it has new interiors designed by Giugiaro: ergonomic leather seats in the Executive, Business and Premium coaches, as well as a tailor-made customer care service and gourmet menu by Vissani [...]

Interview with John-Christian Moquette, Partner at IAVRA

Interview with John-Christian Moquette, Partner at IAVRA

John-Christian Moquette was born in Toronto, Canada to a Greek mother and a Dutch-Canadian father. Geneva, Switzerland was home from a young age and provided the perfect base for jetting around the world. He studied Law in the UK but his passion for travel quickly led him to the travel sector. He began his career [...]

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

Luxury-Hotels.com has conducted a survey that identifies the most expensive hotels in the world. The findings came from an analysis of average room rates for standard double rooms in hotels around the world during the June to August 2012 summer season.  Interestingly, half of the top 10 most expensive hotels in the world are all [...]

The 5 most luxurious castle hotels in Tuscany

The 5 most luxurious castle hotels in Tuscany

Although Sardinia (Porto Cervo) and the Amalfi Coast are Italy’s most well-known luxury holiday destinations, the country has much more exclusiveness to offer, such as private snow lodges and cabins in the mountains, luxurious masseria in Apulia, or (one of my personal favorites) castle hotels in Tuscany.  Here I share with you the 5 most [...]

And the Restaurant of the Year is…

And the Restaurant of the Year is…

Spanish chef José Pizarro, two-Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge and Raymond Blanc protégée Ollie Dabbous were among the big winners at the inaugural Food and Travel Reader Awards held at The Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall on 3 September, 2012. In total 29 awards were handed out during a glittering evening hosted by comedian Simon [...]

Love ice cream?  You’ll love this ice cream festival…

Love ice cream? You’ll love this ice cream festival…

Get ready ice cream fans! From 6th to 9th September 2012, Cefalù – 75 kilometres east of Palermo - will celebrate its own ice cream festival (Sherberth Festival – Festival Internazionale del Gelato a Cefalù). Along the main street it will be possible to taste ice cream made by 30 different ice cream shops in Sicily, [...]

The top 5 destinations for innovative design ideas

The top 5 destinations for innovative design ideas

For travellers in search of the beautiful, the pursuit of innovative design is an exhilarating experience. While some of the top design destinations in the world are well-known to even novice design seekers, there are some that may surprise you. To start planning your next holiday, take a look at some of these cutting-edge design [...]

Riding the Venetian gondolas

Riding the Venetian gondolas

Riding the gondolas in Venice was one of the most relaxing and magical travel experiences I’ve had.

Create the perfect intimate Italian wedding

Create the perfect intimate Italian wedding

If you’ve dreamt about a white wedding drenched in Italian sunshine but your budget doesn’t stretch to renting a small island then a luxury villa wedding may be an option. With many Italian villas enjoying perfectly landscaped grounds and enough room to host a party (and share the cost!) you could be enjoying your dream [...]

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