Category: Italy

5 things you may not know about Amarone

5 things you may not know about Amarone

Amarone is one of Italy’s most sought after wines. Produced in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, it’s an intense, full-bodied and elegant ‘big’ red, prized by wine enthusiasts across the globe. A visit to an Amarone producer is always a highlight and it’s somewhere you can learn about this amazing wine. Here are a [...]

Dine like the Medici: 5 incredible meals to experience in Florence

Dine like the Medici: 5 incredible meals to experience in Florence

Art and food are two of the main draws for Florence visitors, and after a day exploring the former, you’ll need plenty of the latter. Should you wish to dine like the Medici, this list highlights five sumptuous dinners not to be missed while in the Tuscan capital, a slice of La Dolce Vita guaranteed [...]

Recipe of the week: Risotto with gorgonzola, pears and crispy ham

Recipe of the week: Risotto with gorgonzola, pears and crispy ham

Risotto is one of the most delicious dishes that is prepared all over Italy. One of the best things about this dish is that you can prepare it using most kinds of vegetables, seafood, meat, legumes and of course different types of wine according to the main ingredients. This makes risotto a dish that you [...]

Photograph of the week: Midnight on the Grand Canal

Photograph of the week: Midnight on the Grand Canal

Venice at night is a very special – and usually much quieter – place. This image is a thirty second exposure shot from the Rialto Bridge. The light trails you see are from the passing boats and bus boats. We rather like it because – perhaps not deliberately – it has the colours of the [...]

4 of the world’s best dining tables with great views (and great food!)

4 of the world’s best dining tables with great views (and great food!)

Travel is a sensation for all of the senses and combines our greatest passions that leave us with memories to last a lifetime. We rarely remember the soggy sandwich we raced to eat before the 2pm meeting but the fresh taste of the reef fish we caught and barbecued on the beach is a flavour [...]

Suite of the week: The Roman Penthouse at the Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome, Italy

Suite of the week: The Roman Penthouse at the Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome, Italy

Suite name: The Roman Penthouse, Regina Hotel Baglioni Location: Rome, Italy Size of accommodation: 6,000 sq ft Cost per night: $18,000 What makes it special: Perched atop the 8th floor of the Regina Hotel Baglioni, the undoubted highlight of the Roman Penthouse is the vast outdoor terrace, giving guests unrivalled 360-degree views of the Eternal City. Sprawling across more than [...]

Top 10 luxury country breaks in Europe

Top 10 luxury country breaks in Europe

If you’re looking to escape the city this Summer, in favour of somewhere more rural, then how about a country getaway in Europe?  Here we’ve rounded up 10 of the best plays to stay across the continent where you can truly get away from it all and forget the pressures and stresses of urban life. [...]

5 of the most expensive places to stay in the world

5 of the most expensive places to stay in the world

Have you ever wondered where the world’s most affluent people stay when they go on vacation? It’s no secret that an unlimited budget can take you anywhere in the world, but what are some of the world’s most exclusive accomodations? The following are 5 of the most luxurious places to stay in the world: Villa [...]

10 of the best places in the world for travel photography

10 of the best places in the world for travel photography

National Geographic’s Jim Richardson – a photojournalist whose work first appeared in the National Geographic almost 30 years ago – was recently asked to compile a bucket list of his 10 most iconic places in the world for photographers. Apparently, it didn’t take long. Here are the 10 places he chose: Antarctica Venice, Italy Machu Picchu, [...]

Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

So where would you think are the top places to be in Europe this year? Paris for the end of the 100th Tour de France perhaps? Russia for the World Athletics Championships? Croatia, the latest addition to the European Union? According to an article just published by Lonely Planet, the top 10 European travel destinations [...]

Top 5 Autumn harvests

Top 5 Autumn harvests

The softening of the sun and changing of the leaves marks the beginning of the perfect season to get away and experience local traditions. With many cities throughout Europe taking the time to celebrate their harvest, travelers are given a unique opportunity to interact with locals from the entire region. Our list of the top [...]

5 highlights of your cycling holiday in Umbria

5 highlights of your cycling holiday in Umbria

Lying just to the east of Tuscany, Umbria shares its natural beauty, medieval and Renaissance history and art, and wonderful food and wine. Only one thing is missing – the tourist crowds! A cycling tour is the perfect way to explore the untouched Umbrian countryside, as you explore lush olive orchards and fertile vineyards that [...]

Why now is the perfect time to buy a luxury villa in Puglia

Why now is the perfect time to buy a luxury villa in Puglia

Puglia is  increasingly popular as a holiday destination, and the emergence of a number of stunning luxury hotels, combined with the area’s charm, natural beauty and exceptional food and wine, has helped place it firmly on the map as an upcoming ‘luxury’ destination as well.Many foreign visitors have fallen in love with the place, bought [...]

Luxury hotel rooms by the hour, but not as you might imagine

Luxury hotel rooms by the hour, but not as you might imagine

A growing trend in the travel industry in recent years has been the offering of hotel rooms by the hour.  Whilst traditionally this might give rise to raised eyebrows, all might not be quite as it seems so don’t be too quick to judge.  Dayuse Hotels has negotiated special rates at luxury hotels around the world, [...]

An unforgettable Venetian experience in July

An unforgettable Venetian experience in July

The Festa del Redentore (Celebration of the Redeemer), which takes place every year during the third weekend of July, is both a spectacular celebration and a very moving, traditional religious event, and definitely right up there, with the Venice Carnival, as a great Venetian experience!  Its origins go back to the 16th Century, and the terrible plague of 1576, [...]

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, originally from Italy, moved to London in 2000, after working in Belgium and Germany. After 13 years as Direct Marketing Manager for international publishing and news companies, most recently for Bloomberg LP, Paola decided to launch Passepartout Homes in 2011. This is her first experience as an entrepreneur. Paola graduated from the Catholic University [...]

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