Category: Italy

Top 10 European food and wine destinations

Top 10 European food and wine destinations

Another ‘top 10′ from Tripadvisor, and this time it’s Europe’s top 10 food and wine destinations. Again, as with previous Tripadvisor top 10s, Italy fares well, and – perhaps unsurprisingly – France has a dominant presence also. áIn fact, there’s only one entry in the top 10 that isn’t from those two countries. Here’s the […]

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Did you know that there are now more than 900 UNESCO World Heritage Sites?áAccording toáTripadvisor, the top 10 – as rated by their users, I assume -áare: 1. Taj Mahal, India 2. Petra / Wasi Muda, Jordan 3. Palmyra, Syria 4. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA 5. Abu Simbel, Egypt 6. Prambanan Temples, Indonesia […]

Le Fooding, Milan

A sensory experience like no other awaits participants in the upcoming Le Fooding event in Milan on 15th October 2010. Organised by a pioneering pair of food writers, the evening brings together talented chefs, artists and DJs dedicated to making food and eating out fun, enjoyable and original.

Luxury speedboat from Gucci

Luxury speedboat from Gucci

The Italian yacht builder Riva and the design studio Officina Italiana Design have joined forces with Gucci to introduce an exclusive luxury speedboat that they’ve called Aquariva by Gucci. The boat made its debut at the International Cannes Boat Show earlier this month. It has Gucci’s signature green and red stripes, two 380-horsepower Yanmar engines, […]

Top 10 destinations in Europe

Top 10 destinations in Europe

According to Tripadvisor, the top 10 destinations in Europe are currently: 1. Monte-Carlo, Monaco 2. Heidelberg, Germany 3. Salzburg, Austria 4. Florence, Italy 5. Lucerne, Switzerland 6. Venice, Italy 7. Siena, Italy 8. Rome, Italy 9. Hamburg, Germany 10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands Are there any notable omissions in the list, do you think? Where would […]

Venice and Sicily on top of the world

Venice and Sicily on top of the world

The 2010 Conde’ Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards were presented at a scintillating evening on Wednesday 1st September 2010 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in Albemarle Street. áIt was a good night for Italy with Venice and Sicily in particular picking up “Favourite Overseas City” and runner up prize for “Favourite Island” respectively. Great […]

Italy’s best hotel for history?

Located in the town of Taormina, the Hotel San Domenico Palace in Sicily is an impressive reconverted Dominican monastery dating back to 1430 and is one of the world’s most historic hotels. It’s set in the terraced gardens with poolside views of the sea and Mount Etna. áThe original structures of the monastery are still […]

3 great places to learn to cook like a true Italian

3 great places to learn to cook like a true Italian

Want to cook like a true Italian? Take a course at one of these luxury hotels and soon you’ll be throwing the most popular dinner parties in town. L’Andana, Tuscany: Chef Christophe Martin teaches culinary secrets from the Maremma region; there’s also a Michelin-starred restaurant. Villa Pitiana, Tuscany: The cookery school takes place in a […]

6 must-visit hotels for foodies in Italy

6 must-visit hotels for foodies in Italy

Going to Italy? áTake in one of these hotels if you enjoy your food: 1. Rome Cavalieri, Rome The hotel’s La Pergola restaurant has three Michelin stars. Try suckling pig’s cheek with curly endive, burrata and chilli-flavoured popped rice, from the Gourmet menu. 2. Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como Award-winning Chef Ettore Bocchia and […]

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Formerly an actor with the RSC, Grant Thatcher began the series of LUXE City Guides back in 2002. There are now more than 30 guides, including the best of the best from 20 in-the-know residents in each location. What is it that áyou do exactly? I’m Editor in Chief which encompasses everything from designing the […]

Essential Italy's guide to food festivals in Tuscany

Essential Italy’s guide to food festivals in Tuscany

From Spring to Autumn Tuscany is full to the brim with villages which hold special events to celebrate typical foods and unusual dishes with frogs, ostriches and steaks all being showcased! Invariably the villagers come out in force and dinners are followed by dancing and evening markets. áEssential Italy‘s favourites include: 28th, 29th, 30th May […]

Interview with Drew Patterson of Jetsetter

Interview with Drew Patterson of Jetsetter

A true travel connoisseur, CEO and Founder Drew Patterson brings more than a decade of experience to Jetsetter, the private sales site that helps leisure travellers discover and purchase some of the world’s best vacations. An industry pioneer, Patterson was part of the founding team at Kayak.com where, during his five-year tenure as Vice President […]

Europe's best hotel swimming pools

Europe’s best hotel swimming pools

There is something decadent about a hotel swimming pool that lends itself well to luxury. Whilst the sea allows you to connect with nature, the salty water and sticky sand can mitigate the enjoyment for many. With man-made aquatic pleasure zones, there are no such discomforts. And it is little wonder that so many hotels […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Craving for Travel: Celebrating Life’s Moments Check out the luxury spas portfolio from Johansens Rollable travel shoes (!) from Spare Pear Boutique chic from Villa Elena, Sicily

An 8 star hotel experience?

I’ve stated on this blog previously that some hotel star ratings are a bit of a nonsense, as new 6 and 7 star hotels continued to spring up. áNow one hotel is claiming to offer an “8 Star Gourmet Emotional Experience”. áThe following is an extract from a press release from áRelais Santa Croce, the […]

New Black Sea voyages for Crystal Cruises

Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has expanded its 2010 European cruise collection to include two Black Sea voyages this summer. The two new itineraries feature a maiden visit to Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as calls in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey. Steeped in artistic, military and architectural history, the 12-day cruises sail from Venice to Istanbul […]

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