Category: Italy

Top 10 sultry island escapes

Top 10 sultry island escapes

Tripadvisor have emailed me with their “top 10 sultry island escapes”. What do you think of their selection? Any notable omissions? 1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 2. Bali, Indonesia 3. Anguilla 4. Phuket, Thailand 5. Santorini, Greece 6. St. Lucia 7. Ischia, Italy 8. Formentera, Spain 9. Fiji 10. Seychelles

Top 15 romantic Valentines hotels

Top 15 romantic Valentines hotels

Looking to go somewhere special this Valentines?  Then take a look at this list of the top 15 romantic Valentines hotels, as decreed by Tripadvisor. Bar a token entry for Bodrum in Turkey, they’re all in Europe, which seems a little odd, but perhaps subscribers from other parts of the world, are given a different […]

Win with Radisson Blu!

Win with Radisson Blu!

Radisson Blu hotels – a brand we’ve mentioned a few times on A Luxury Travel Blog in the past – is getting into the festive spirit with the Radisson Blue Quiz – a fantastic opportunity to win a weekend away at one of its hotels, choosing from Milan, Madrid, Berlin, Helsinki or Hamburg.  But even if you’re […]

Savour the charms of a Tuscan country garden

Savour the charms of a Tuscan country garden

Italians are as passionate about their gardens as the English and that love is evident in Invitation to Tuscany‘s latest range of holiday homes where the outdoor space is every bit as special as the indoor. Lavender, oleander and roses provide colour and fragrance, stately holm oaks and silvery olive trees provide the accents, while […]

The new Museo del Novecento in Milan, Italy

The new Museo del Novecento dedicated to the art of the 20th Century will be inaugurated in November 2010 at the Palazzo dell’Arengario. The large spiral ramp inside the building will be the museum’s most important architectural feature, acting as a functional yet stylish element connecting the different levels of the tower from the basement […]

Luxury in Tuscany

Luxury in Tuscany

A trip to Tuscany in Italy is already a luxury experience per se. The splendid hotels and exquisite Tuscan villas add that special Old World style that is sought for all over the globe. Your holiday will inevitably be marked by the refined furnishing and architectural design, the attention to detail, and the classy homelike feel that […]

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.  In 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? According to Tripadvisor, the top 10 – as rated by their users, I assume - are: 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.  It 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.  The 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?  Take 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  you do exactly? I’m Editor in Chief which encompasses everything from designing the […]

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