Category: Italy

Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Whether you’re planning a once in a lifetime honeymoon trip to Europe or are a celebrity and only the best will do for you and your entourage, you’ll want not just a 5-star hotel in a great location, but a suite, preferably one with a fantastic view. Here are my picks for the best luxury [...]

5 luxury Autumn breaks that won’t break the bank

5 luxury Autumn breaks that won’t break the bank

An Autumn getaway is an appealing idea. You can find far cheaper flights and accommodation and enjoy some real relaxation now the screaming children are safely back in school. From October onwards the weather tends to be more unpredictable but if you know where to go you can still find the sun. Here are five of [...]

Top 5 wine tours in Italy

Top 5 wine tours in Italy

Some of the best things to come from Italy: Leonardo da Vinci, the Fiat 500, pizza, limoncello, Dolce & Gabbana and wine, lots of wine. What better time to travel to this delicious destination than in the Autumn for grape harvesting – you never know it could be a vintage year! Grape harvesting (by hand) is [...]

5 wines to taste in Umbria

5 wines to taste in Umbria

Wine production in Umbria dates back to ancient times. Archaeological artifacts show evidence that the Etruscans engaged in viticulture along the banks of the Tiber River well before the Romans here. But when they did arrive, they too developed a taste for these wines. Around the 12th Century, Orvieto was a summer retreat for the [...]

The top ski destinations for 2013/14

The top ski destinations for 2013/14

As the end of the year draws nearer and the colder weather rapidly closes in, thoughts naturally turn to where you might wish to venture on your next Winter break. And the ski enthusiast is spoilt for choice, with a seemingly endless selection of charmingly chic resorts on offer. The unquestionable appeal of the Alps competes [...]

Timelapse footage of the Costa Concordia salvage operation

Timelapse footage of the Costa Concordia salvage operation

Last week engineers in Italy succeeded in setting the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright, 20 months after it ran aground off the island of Giglio, killing 32 people. The operation took 18 hours but here you can see the whole process condensed into just one minute. It was achieved using cables and metal water tanks to [...]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

Wondering where the sun has gone? As we say goodbye to Summer and enter much cooler weather, it’s useful to know where you can travel and yet still enjoy some post-Summer sunshine. So here are 10 European ideas to help you extend your Summer into the Autumn months and enjoy the sun’s rays for that [...]

Rome’s iconic Hotel Eden becomes part of the Dorchester Collection

Rome’s iconic Hotel Eden becomes part of the Dorchester Collection

Dorchester Group Limited has acquired the 121-room Hotel Eden from Starman Hotels.  Effective immediately, Dorchester Collection will manage the hotel and continue to work closely together with the previous management company, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, to ensure a smooth transition for hotel guests, partners and employees. Originally built in 1834 and converted to a hotel in [...]

Preserving our cultural heritage with the Zebedee scanner

Preserving our cultural heritage with the Zebedee scanner

A new handheld 3D mobile mapping system called ‘Zebedee’ has been developed by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). It uses a primary sensor (a 2D Hokuyo lidar scanner) on a simple spring mechanism (hence the name Zebedee from The Magic Roundabout) which measures the distances to surfaces in [...]

The top 5 terrifying ski runs in Europe

The top 5 terrifying ski runs in Europe

This is a lighthearted look at five of the most extreme and dangerous ski runs in Europe. Many have tried and many have failed. Brave or brainless, depending on which side of the fence you sit, you canʼt deny the nerve and skill of the skiers who attempt to get to the end of these [...]

Discover Milan with Hotel Principe di Savoia

Discover Milan with Hotel Principe di Savoia

Just a two hour flight from London, Hotel Principe di Savoia’s ‘Discover Milan’ package provides guests with a luxurious city break and the opportunity to experience Italian art, culture and cuisine in style. Encouraging guests to explore all that Milan has to offer, the package includes daily buffet breakfast, discounts at Milan’s major museums, a [...]

Zermatt – top 5 experiences of a lifetime

Zermatt – top 5 experiences of a lifetime

Zermatt is one Europe’s most awe-inpsiring ski destinations. Resting in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn, this is a world class resort steeped in history and tradition. The combination of breathtaking scenery, top class hospitality and one of the highest ski areas in the Alps make this a dream destination for 365 days a year. [...]

Interview with Lorne Blythe, Owner of Flavours Holidays

Interview with Lorne Blythe, Owner of Flavours Holidays

Lorne Blythe born in Edinburgh now divides her time between Italy and Edinburgh. She is the owner of Flavours Holidays which organises getaways for people who want a cooking holiday, a painting vacation or a week practising Pilates in Italy. Flavours is a specialised niche market tour operator, and has been offering luxury holidays since [...]

Recipe of the week: Ravioli all’amatriciana

Recipe of the week: Ravioli all’amatriciana

Whilst Italian cuisine is one of the most popular in the world, doing it well remains to be a rare art form. This authentic Italian recipe may not be the easiest, but this recipe for ravioli all’amatriciana is a must-have for all foodies with a taste for il Bel Paese. Rich with traditional Italian cheeses, sweet from [...]

Finding luxury in Italy

Finding luxury in Italy

Next time you’re considering Italy for a luxury holiday, but are seeking more privacy than you might get from a hotel or resort, take a look at Italian Rentals 4 U. Providing high levels of standard and service, and with an impressive array of unique properties in their portfolio, the company offers luxurious villas and [...]

6 fascinating hotels on the Italian Riviera

6 fascinating hotels on the Italian Riviera

Splashed with colors, inviting sparkling blue waters and a coastline with powdery sand beaches and rocky cliffs – the image we paint in our minds is known to everyone as the Italian Riviera, the stretch of coast between France and Tuscany. In Summer, the people crowd to this Ligurian coast for its beautiful scenery and [...]

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