Category: Italy

A unique opportunity to see a jewel of the Roman Renaissance

The magnificent Palazzo Farnese in Rome, home to the French Embassy, usually closed to the public is exceptionally open this year, until 27th April 2011 for a great exhibition of about 150 works of art gathered from some of the major Italian and French museums, but also from USA and other European collections. The main […]

A fine Chianti classic

A fine Chianti classic

As you wind your way up through the canopy of twisted oaks and slopes, filled with olive trees and vines you’ll begin to hear the strains of Puccini in your ears. Arriving at a the tiny Tuscan village of Moncioni, drop your bags in the cool welcoming lobby before scurrying out onto the lavender-filled terrace […]

19 of the world's sexiest hotels

19 of the world’s sexiest hotels

Just two weeks after The Luxury Travel Bible issued a press release with its top 10 sexiest hotels in the world for Valentine’s, I’ve been sent an email by Tripadvisor with their own top 10 sexy hotels.  Perhaps not surprisingly, there aren’t many that are common to both lists.   Here are the two lists: […]

The world’s scariest footpath and motorbike trail

There’s nothing luxurious here, but I think anyone with a love of travel would find it interesting, so I’m sharing it regardless!  First up, a footpath that’s being billed on YouTube as the world’s scariest.  El camino del ray is a via ferrata that’s now fallen into a state of disrepair, located in the province […]

The wonderful world of Venice, Italy

The wonderful world of Venice, Italy

Venice, a part of Italy that many Venetians consider a separate country, and it that is hard to argue with as it is much different than most other parts of Italy with the many canals and no personal vehicles allowed. Walking Venice is a wonderful and even romantic way to see the sites, as you […]

The most luxurious places in Northern Tuscany: Riviera-Versilia

The most luxurious places in Northern Tuscany: Riviera-Versilia

Versilia Riviera, set on the Northern Tuscany coast, has become a favourite retreat for celebrities and wealthy vacationers. Its reputation dates to the 1960s, when industrialists made wealthy by a booming economy chose Versilia as a place to get away – followed soon thereafter by the Prince and Princess of Piedmont, who eventually chose Viareggio’s […]

Golf and cruise packages featuring the top golf courses in the world

Golf and cruise packages featuring the top golf courses in the world

Azamara Club Cruises and PerryGolf have joined forces to offer an escorted and all-inclusive golf tour and cruise program that features some of the world’s premier golf courses. Designed specifically with the passionate golfer in mind and offering more opportunities for guests to play at more courses on a voyage, Azamara Club Golf Cruises combines […]

The top 10 luxury ski resorts in Europe

The top 10 luxury ski resorts in Europe

Skiing was once an exclusive sport which only the super rich could afford. Today, a varied mix of travel options to suit all budgets is available. Skiing is a truly a sport for all. But, some resorts, especially in the European Alps, remain exclusive, luxurious and expensive. Cheap ski holidays here are tricky to organise, […]

Luxury holidays: playing golf in Sardinia

Luxury holidays: playing golf in Sardinia

Sardinia, the dream holiday destination that appeals a lot of people, is an ideal choice even for golf enthusiasts and people who want to start playing golf. Sardinia, the splendid island in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, has a lot of golf hotels, hotels with a golf course or standing near a golf course. The offer […]

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 […]

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