Category: Italy

Discover the Prosecco zone, home of Italy’s favorite sparkling wine

Discover the Prosecco zone, home of Italy’s favorite sparkling wine

Lying north of Venice in the province of Treviso, in the foothills of the Marco Trevigiana running from Valdobbiadene to Conegliano, is the Prosecco DOCG wine zone. Vineyards take up just about every square food of land, amongst picturesque towns with ancient churches and castles. Here is the source of the wonderful sparkling wine that […]

The Savoia Excelsior Palace celebrates 100th birthday in fascinating Trieste

The Savoia Excelsior Palace celebrates 100th birthday in fascinating Trieste

Described at its first opening as ‘the most luxurious hotel in Austria-Hungary’, The Savoia Excelsior Palace, one of Starhotels’ Collezione, is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. A two-year restoration, completed in 2009, saw the imposing Ladislaus Fiedler architecture and turn-of-the century frescoes and furniture returned to their former glory, making this landmark building one […]

Top 10 cities for theatre lovers

Top 10 cities for theatre lovers

Whether you’re an opera addict or a ballet buff, visiting a theatre district can be the perfect way to enrich your city break or holiday. We take a look at some of the world’s cultural nerve centres to find the best destinations for fans of all things theatrical. Milan Stylish and refined, this chic city […]

Private Dolomite ski holiday tours for small groups

Private Dolomite ski holiday tours for small groups

This ski season, Italiaoutdoors is introducing unique private ski and snowboard adventures in the Dolomites of Italy. Italiaoutdoors is a two person team that creates vacation adventures for small active groups (6-12 people). This season, they’re inviting winter sport enthusiasts who also share a passion for fine food, wine and the culture of Italy to […]

Top 5 reasons to ski Bolzano, Italy

Top 5 reasons to ski Bolzano, Italy

Looking for a great ski holiday this year? One that can allow hardcore skiers to indulge in scenic terrain from wide open bowls to gladed trails, while non- or sometime skiers have plenty of other activities to enjoy? Bolzano, in the heart of the Dolomite mountains of Italy, is the perfect spot for you. Located […]

Win a week's stay in a luxury vacation rental

Win a week’s stay in a luxury vacation rental

If you quite like the idea of winning 7 nights in a luxury vacation rental in Bali, Costa Rica or Italy, plus $3,000 towards airfares, get yourself along to the Flipkey blog where they’re running their own “flippin’ awesome vacation giveaway”.  (FlipKey, in case you’re not already familiar, is a vacation rental website owned by […]

5 luxury swimming pools with a view

5 luxury swimming pools with a view

There was a time when a swimming pool was just a body of water in which to exercise, but in recent years, exclusive and luxury hotel builders seem to have been playing a game of one-upmanship against one another in a race to create the most amazing swimming pool imaginable. Now personally, gimmicks aside, I […]

Interview with Simon Pardoe, Director of The Healthy Holiday Company

Interview with Simon Pardoe, Director of The Healthy Holiday Company

Simon Pardoe is a director and co-owner of The Healthy Holiday Company, which owns three luxury healthy holiday brands: fitscape, destination yoga and in:spa. Established in 2003, the company is now the UK’s leading provider of healthy holidays with a selection of large private villas and boutique hotels in Italy, Spain, Morocco, France, Greece and […]

In Merano luxury is about intimate access…

Merano is a quaint village perched at the base of the Alps in Alto Adige in the north of Italy. Here the air is smooth and clean and the scenery is breathtaking. Well known to high-end German and Swiss tourists, Merano has not really been discovered by Americans or the British. This is where the […]

Admire great Renaissance artists with an exclusive stay in Florence

Admire great Renaissance artists with an exclusive stay in Florence

An exclusive stay package is now offered at the most luxurious private residence in Florence, with “no queues” entrance tickets to the exhibition “Money and Beauty. Bankers, Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities”. Experience the most topical art exhibition in Florence through the masterpieces by Botticelli, Filippo Lippi, Beato Angelico, Paolo Uccello, Donatello, Antonio […]

Jean-Christophe Nager, GM at The Pavilions Phuket

Interview with Jean-Christophe Nager, General Manager, The Pavilions, Phuket

Jean-Christophe Nager is the General Manager of The Pavilions, Phuket, a 5-star luxury resort built on a hill-top on the delightful island of Phuket. A Swiss national with more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Jean-Christophe (JC) graduated from Collège St-Michel, Fribourg, in Switzerland in 1978 and studied photography in Montreal, Canada for a […]

Interview with Luke Powers, Managing Direct of Africa Bespoke

Interview with Luke Powers, Managing Direct of Africa Bespoke

Luke Powers is a passionate traveller, always keen to explore new destinations. But mostly he enjoys exploring his own back yard: greater Cape Town. He loves a slow road trip on backroads, with plenty of time to meet the locals and take loads of photos. He lives in Cape Town and revels in every detail […]

Top 10 luxury destinations in Europe

Top 10 luxury destinations in Europe

In the past taking a luxury holiday often meant long haul flights to exotic locations, which was something that could take the shine off of an otherwise perfect experience. Choose Europe however and rest and relaxation are on our doorstep. Whatever your preference, European luxury destinations will have something to suit your need. Top 10 luxury destinations in […]

5 must-see cruise port destinations

5 must-see cruise port destinations

There is no doubt about it, cruise holidays appeal to a much wider audience today than it has done in recent years. Some still hold preconceptions that it is an expensive form of travel, or that cruise ships have strict dress codes, but these are simply not true. Cruising is a fantastic method of seeing […]

Interview with Lauren Cicione, Owner of Tuscan Auteur

Interview with Lauren Cicione, Owner of Tuscan Auteur

Lauren Cicione is an ex-New Yorker (former contemporary art dealer) Italian American who moved to Montalcino, Tuscany two years ago. She knew it was time for a career switch when her foodie tendencies to visit every new restaurant in NYC started taking precedence over her interest in checking out new installation sculpture. Growing up in […]

10 unique luxury hotels you’ll never forget

Tripadvisor recently published ’10 unique luxury hotels you’ll never forget’.  Strangely, it’s just a list – albeit with pictures – but with no explanation as to what, precisely, makes each one memorable.  For what it’s worth, though, I’ve reproduced their list below. Please post a comment and tell us what hotels you think are unforgettable… […]

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