Category: Italy

Villa San Michele near Florence, Italy

Villa San Michele near Florence, Italy

The Villa San Michele is a 15th Century monastery near Florence in Italy  that has been transformed into a picturesque hotel. Surrounded by its own gardens and woodland on the Fiesole hills, it  is tailor-made for starry-eyed lovers and moonlit nights. This small, luxury, Orient-Express  hotel is of unsurpassed beauty in an oasis of peace.

The Tablet 10: Best of Europe

The Tablet 10: Best of Europe

It’s day 3 in  my look at Tablet Hotels‘ Tablet 10 and this time the focus is  upon Europe. Making the grade as Europe’s crème de la crème, in a list dominated by France and Italy,  are: Chateau de la Chevre d’Or – Eze Village, France The K Club – Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland Le […]

13 historic palaces and villas in Venice for sale

13 historic palaces and villas in Venice for sale

13 historic palaces and villas on the Grand Canal, the Lido and the island of Murano, Venice, are being auctioned by the Italian government. Among the properties for sale will be the Bonfadini-Vivante palace, famous for its neo-classical frescos, and the Foscari Contarini villa, which overlooks the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge. Locals are […]

T+L Design Awards 2006

T+L Design Awards 2006

The second Travel+Leisure Design Awards recognise architecture and design from every facet of the traveller’s world – everything from hotels to travel accessories.   In fact, there’s 15 categories and the winner of each is as follows: Best Public Space: Terminal T4, Madrid Barajas International Airport Best Small Hotel: Básico, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Best […]

Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival

Venice claims to have the oldest carnival in the world, with laws establishing the holiday dating to the 13th Century. And this year, the Venice Carnival will run from 17th to 26th February 2006. Events will include masked balls, concerts, gondola parades, formal dinners and children’s celebrations. For ideas on where to stay, check out […]

Top 10 World's Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways

Top 10 World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways

Luxury Travel Magazine  has unveiled what they regard to the be the Top 10 World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways. The hotels that make the list are sublime escapes in pristine surroundings offering unparalleled seclusion for romance. The top ten are: Villa Le Scale, Capri, Italy Ponta Dos Ganchos, Brazil Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado Hosteria Las […]

The Winter Olympics, Turin, Italy

The Winter Olympics, Turin, Italy

The biggest event in the winter sports calendar – the Winter Olympics – kick off in just one week’s time (10th-26th February 2006).  You’re a bit late if you’re thinking of entering, but possibly not to late if you simply wish to marvel at  the skiing, sledding, skating and more against the spectacular backdrop of […]

Noordam leaves Venice for New York

Noordam leaves Venice for New York

Holland America Line‘s Noordam  has left  its Venice shipyard today, bound for its new home in New York where it will be christened on 22nd February 2006 by actress and godmother Marlee Matlin. The ship will then embark on its maiden voyage in the Caribbean. This is the fourth and last of Holland America’s Vista-class […]

Echia Club at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Naples, Italy

Echia Club at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Naples, Italy

Echia Club – the Grand Hotel Vesuvio‘s fitness and relaxation centre – has become an essential and exclusive aspect to the hotel. With its charming and comfortable rooms, its peaceful and magical ambiance where marble, multicolored crystal, precious wood, light, water, rock and soft lines mix and melt together. Facilities provided by the club include […]

Raya Hotel on Panarea, Italy

Raya Hotel on Panarea, Italy

Not everyone’s idea of luxury is gold taps and pink Cristal Champagne. Many  instead head for the simple rustic charm of the Aeolian Islands, off the north coast of Sicily. The seven volcanic islands are all spectacular, but the one to head for is Panarea, which has no cars and is home to the stylish […]

Small Luxury Hotels of the World on tour

Small Luxury Hotels of the World on tour

Small Luxury Hotels of the World will be holding a series of showcases in key cities across Europe in the coming weeks to launch its  2006 directory.   A total of nine showcases will be held over a four-week period, with representatives from a selection of SLH’s worldwide properties visiting the cities of London, Brussels, […]

duoMo hotel about to open in Rimini, Italy

duoMo hotel about to open in Rimini, Italy

Furniture designer Ron Arad has fashioned the duoMo hotel (rather annoyingly, every reference to the letter M on the website is in capitals, so you get  references such as  “riMini” and “rooM service”) which opens this Spring. A member of Design Hotels (no doubt they’ll curse me for giving that capitals), this 43-room hotel  will […]

Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri - opens Easter 2006

Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri – opens Easter 2006

It won’t be long before the weather turns sweet again in southwest Italy and the Spring travel season flourishes anew. Hotel Caesar Augustus on the Isle of Capri will be dressed up and ready for it when it opens its doors on 12th April 2006.   With this brand new Relais & Chateaux membership will […]

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli

2005 was another award-winning year for Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli near the small lakeside town of Gargnano in Lombardy (halfway between Milan and Venice). It was ranked among the world’s ‘Top 20 International Resort Hideaways’ in the Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report;   voted ‘Best Rooms’ among Condé Nast Traveller UK’s ‘Best Hotels in the […]

Castello di Velona, Montalcino, Italy

Castello di Velona, Montalcino, Italy

Castello di Velona invites you to discover the beautiful Val d’Orcia with an exclusive offer valid from 23rd February 9th April 2006.   The 2006 Spring opening offer includes 2 nights accommodation in a double deluxe room, buffet breakfast, one dinner for two at the hotel’s restaurant, wine tasting in a vineyard producing Brunello di […]

Sardinia wealth taxes

Sardinia wealth taxes

The government in Sardinia has  revealed that it’s planning to impose punishing wealth taxes on billionaire visitors such as Princess Caroline of Monaco  or Roman Abramovich (owner of Chelsea football club) who come to the island. Second homes  belonging to foreign visitors will attract a special council tax, and there will be  stiff new taxes […]

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