Category: Italy

My top 5 reasons to visit the Italian town of Ferrara this Summer

My top 5 reasons to visit the Italian town of Ferrara this Summer

Last month two earthquakes rocked the villages and towns of northern Italy including the late medieval and Renaissance town of Ferrara. Established by the powerful Este dynasty this UNESCO World Heritage site is a town of bicycles, black magic and imposing architecture suspended in time. Although there was some damage to the magnificent buildings in […]

The top 3 luxury thermal resorts in Tuscany

The top 3 luxury thermal resorts in Tuscany

Ah the wonders of Tuscany! A never-ending line of marvels that tourists get to enjoy almost everywhere in the region! One of the most prized and luxurious activities to do in Tuscany is enjoying thermal baths. This Italian region has a very long history of hot springs and thermal resorts. Since the Etruscans, passing through […]

5 steps to the ultimate romantic luxury escape in Venice

5 steps to the ultimate romantic luxury escape in Venice

For me, just saying “Venice” transports me completely. It conjures up the low sun casting warm light on the crumbling pastel walls of the palazzos; their heavy facades rising up from the green waters of quiet canals. If you’re not careful, Venice can be a sweltering study in weaving your way through slow moving ranks […]

The magic of Corsica's music festivals

The magic of Corsica’s music festivals

La Balagne in Corsica, with it majestic mountains, glorious white sand beaches, charming towns and villages and luxury yacht filled marinas, with not a high-rise building insight, makes a delightful setting for a wonderful variety of fesivals held throughout the summer. Two of my particular favourites are both music festivals held in the ancient town of […]

Zuckerberg criticised for not tipping at restaurant in Rome

Zuckerberg criticised for not tipping at restaurant in Rome

It’s not been the best couple of weeks for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. On paper, he’s lost $4.7 billion in just 11 days and, in doing so, fallen off Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index which measures the 40 wealthiest people in the world.  (He was, briefly, at 29th in that list.)  That said, I shouldn’t think he’s […]

On the wine trail in Italy - Soave, home to elegant whites

On the wine trail in Italy – Soave, home to elegant whites

Just a little over an hour from Venice lies the lovely walled city of Soave, the center of the wine region of the same name, and home to some wonderful refreshing white wines. The wines here are made from the Gargenega grape, either alone, or blended with Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or most traditionally, the indigenous […]

Private access to the Sistine Chapel and several of the Vatican's special sites

Private access to the Sistine Chapel and several of the Vatican’s special sites

Up until recently, private access to the Sistine Chapel and tours of other rooms not available for public viewing were offered only to celebs, dignitaries and other VIPs. While not everyone may be starring in the latest blockbuster or governing international powers, travellers can now experience several of the Vatican’s special sites – think private […]

3 steps to ultimate Mediterranean luxury in Puglia, Italy

3 steps to ultimate Mediterranean luxury in Puglia, Italy

Among whitewashed seaside villages, glowing golden hill towns and the pink and yellow blossoms of a million never ending orchards, food is life in the Itria valley of Puglia. Miraculously, tourism is just taking hold in this agricultural heartland. The warm Southern Italian people still embrace outsiders like prodigal sons; inviting them to homemade meals […]

Best Italian festival yet – don’t miss a single drip!

Best Italian festival yet – don’t miss a single drip!

Italian ice cream or ‘gelato’ is found glistening in tempting abundance across mouth-watering shop fronts and stalls all over Italy; a holiday to Italy without indulging in a scoop or two would in fact be a crime, don’t you think? Acknowledged by many experts as the best ice cream in the world, traditional gelato is […]

April in Apulia, Italy - the top 5 reasons to visit

April in Apulia, Italy – the top 5 reasons to visit

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Puglia (or Apulia as it is known in English). Although yet to be discovered by the masses, the main attractions of this charming region of southern Italy can still get extremely busy in the height of the season and are best enjoyed earlier in the year. The evenings […]

Suite of the week: Spa Loft Suite, Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Tuscany, Italy

Suite of the week: Spa Loft Suite, Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Tuscany, Italy

Suite name: Spa Loft Suite Resort: Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Tuscany, Italy Size of accommodation: 70 aq m suite + 60 sq m terrace Cost per night: 917 – 1179 euros (low-high season, double occupancy) What makes it special? Designed with wellness in mind, this suite features its own private spa: an XL hot […]

Top 10 holiday cocktails and their origins

Top 10 holiday cocktails and their origins

We all love a good cocktail whilst on holiday, the two go hand in hand like Bonnie and Clyde or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. I’ve put together this little fun list of the best ones out there, where they hail from and how they are made: Singapore Sling, Singapore This fabulous cocktail was famously […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Luxury Rhodes honeymoons from 3redbags Italian beauty from Azimut Yachts St. Moritz charm from Badrutt’s Palace Discover the 15 islands of the Cook Islands

Top 10 city break hotels

Top 10 city break hotels

The Dorchester, London A visit to The Dorchester on Park Lane will pay homage to a truly classic British hotel whose reputation has been built over 80 illustrious years. The 3 Michelin starred Alain Ducasse Restaurant is a highlight, as is the magnificent and thoroughly English afternoon tea which can be taken daily in The […]

Top 10 European holidays for 2012

Top 10 European holidays for 2012

Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete Elounda’s Blue Palace is part of the Luxury Collection of resorts and boasts a world class Thalasso Spa and over 140 room types with private pools all with sea views. The location is a star too, with a delightful private beach, crystal clear waters and soaring coastal vistas over […]

Do you think 11,000 euros is adequate compensation for Costa Concordia passengers?

Do you think 11,000 euros is adequate compensation for Costa Concordia passengers?

An agreement has been signed between Italian consumer groups and Costa Cruises, offering passengers of the sticken Costa Concordia a compensation deal of 11,000 euros (in addition to refunding medical and transport expenses, as well as the cost of the cruise). Codacons, however, is one consumer group that did not sign the agreement, and they are […]

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