Category: Italy

6 things to do on the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano and Lipari

6 things to do on the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano and Lipari

The Aeolian Islands located in the Tyrrhenian Sea consists of seven beautiful islands that have a “Y-shaped” configuration when viewed from the sky. The islands include Stromboli, Vulcano, Alicudi, Filicudi, Panarea, Lipari, and Salina. They are collectively called the “seven pearls of the Mediterranean” and according to history, they were named The Aeolian Islands after […]

Suite of the week: Portovenere Junior Suite, Grand Hotel Portovenere, Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

Suite of the week: Portovenere Junior Suite, Grand Hotel Portovenere, Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

Suite name: Portovenere Junior Suite Location: Grand Hotel Portovenere, Portovenere, Liguria, Italy Size of accommodation: Approximately 50 sq m Cost per night: From 470 euros (double occupancy) Who’s stayed there? Actress Audrey Tatou, Singer Patti Smith and football player Fernando LLorente. What makes it special: The breathtaking views of Portovenere’s colorful historic centre, picturesque marina and Palmaria Island. The Portovenere Junior […]

5 vineyard villas ideal for wine lovers

5 vineyard villas ideal for wine lovers

While some enjoy spending their holidays in the quietness of the mountains and others prefer hearing the waves breaking on the beach, to wine lovers there is no better place for a retreat than in the middle of rolling hills and beautiful vineyards. From Spain to South Africa, through Italy and France, some very impressive […]

Top 5 luxury experiences in the Dolomites

Top 5 luxury experiences in the Dolomites

The Dolomites are celebrated for their supreme natural beauty, but under their peaks lie many luxurious activities and assets to behold. The ancient traditions of the valleys remain and converge with the modern architecture and new ideas of the towns and cities. Known as the most impressive mountains in the world, but also for their […]

5 of the best alternative travel ideas for Italy lovers

5 of the best alternative travel ideas for Italy lovers

You may have visited the Colosseum, taken a photo of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and joined the tourist trail at the Cinque Terre, but there’s so much more to see and do in Italy. From sleeping in a monastery to crowdfunding the future of Pompeii, these are our alternative travel ideas for true Italophiles. […]

7 luxury experiences in Venice in only 24 hours

7 luxury experiences in Venice in only 24 hours

When you live in a small mountain town up in the white Dolomites you grab any chance to drive down to Venice and if you only have 24 hours, well that’s when you want to make most of all the luxurious and special assets and commodities that this magical city has to offer. Novecento Boutique […]

Photograph of the week: Colosseum, Rome

Photograph of the week: Colosseum, Rome

Built between 72AD and 80AD under the Emperor Vespasian, today the Colosseum takes pride of place in the heart of Rome although at the time of its construction it was situated on the outskirts of the city since the centre was originally built on the banks of the river. At 189 metres long, 156 metres wide […]

Top 10 places to sail in Italy

Top 10 places to sail in Italy

With its endless coast and splendorous sunny and mild Mediterranean climate, Italy is a paradise for pleasure boating.  Italy’s archipelagos, coastline and lakes are an attraction not only for isolation from bustling Italian cities and crowded mainland beaches, but they encompass that quintessential glamour unique to Italian heliocentric life. 1. Phlegraean Islands, Naples There is […]

Fun for all family - Adrenaline rush in Tignes

Top 5 Summer holiday ideas in the Alps

Once the snow melts and reveals an altogether different world, the mountains become a verdant playground, lush and alluring. The contrast from the magical icy white of winter is startling but the summer months are just as wonderful in a completely different way. It’s true that at the highest altitudes, skiing can continue the year […]

10 top tips for your first trip to Florence

10 top tips for your first trip to Florence

When Stendhal visited Florence in 1817, he was so moved by a visit to Santa Croce and the sight of Giotto’s frescoes that he was overwhelmed by emotion and felt faint. A trip to the world capital of Renaissance art, can be an intense experience, especially if it’s your first time in Florence. To make […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

Why wait until Summer to get away this year? The Spring can be the perfect time to get away – often that little bit quieter outside of the main season, but sometimes more enjoyable for exactly that reason. Go on… treat yourself with a stay at one of our top 10 places to stay in […]

5 amazing luxury villas to visit in 2016

5 amazing luxury villas to visit in 2016

Villa holidays are the ideal choice for family getaways, providing a winning combination of privacy and independence whilst offering the high standards of service and convenience you’d expect from a luxury hotel. Ideal for large multi-generational families, groups of friends or a celebration getaway, the design of luxury villas nowadays caters for everyone in the […]

Walk on the wild side - Tour du Mont Blanc

Walk on the wild side – Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a walking trail in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, a 180km (112 miles) circuit of Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Les Houches near Chamonix. The highest point reached by the standard route is 2,584m (8,478ft). Trekkers typically take eleven days to complete the circuit, give or […]

The things I miss after leaving the Cinque Terre

The things I miss after leaving the Cinque Terre

After raising a family and living in Monterosso for 27 years, I decided it was time for  another change. This time I chose to move from the sea towards the sky, to the magnificent peaks of the Unesco Dolomites. leaving the laid back way of life of a coastal village to the more efficient German […]

The best gardens and parks in and around Rome

The best gardens and parks in and around Rome

With Spring in the air in Rome, now is the perfect time to get outside and explore. Rome’s open air piazzas are not the only place in the city to congregate and enjoy la dolce vita. One of our favourites is the city’s English landscape garden, Villa Borghese, a popular city park destination for people […]

6 luxury experiences in Rome

6 luxury experiences in Rome

If you’re looking for a luxurious city break, spend a few days taking in the sights and soaking in the spas of the Eternal City. From decadent dinners to designer shopping, Rome has it all. 1. A Roman Holiday dinner BonAppetour offers more intimate dining experiences at some of the most unique locations in Rome, including […]

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