Category: Italy

A home away from home

A home away from home

Travel + Leisure  has named  the Top 100 Real Estate Developments for those seeking the ultimate home away from home. Ignore your to-do list and linger a few minutes over their slideshow of the top 100 places to find a home away from home… I like the sound of Castello di Casole in Tuscany myself: […]

First W Hotel coming to Italy

First W Hotel coming to Italy

Starwood is opening its first W Hotel in Italy, in Milan’s Brera district. The region is a former artists’ district and, as well as being home to galleries, is also a region with a number of popular restaurants, cafés and shops. The hotel will have 76 rooms, a signature restaurant, a rooftop bar and a […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Drench your desire with Molton Brown Indulge in Italian luxury with Villa San Michele Visit Northern Sonoma County’s Hotel Healdsberg Find exclusive luxury Croatia hotels and villas

Carnival Freedom about to set sail

Carnival Freedom about to set sail

The brand new, 110,000  Carnival Freedom superliner has been officially named in Venice by Kathy Ireland who serves as Godmother. The ship will set sail on its inaugural European tour next week, before going trans-Atlantic in October. From November  2007 until April 2009, the vessel will focus on a series of Eastern and Western Caribbean […]

Italy leaves its mark

Italy leaves its mark

The Italian President Romano Prodi and Minister of Culture Francesco Rutelli unveiled a new website,  logo and slogan for Italy this week.   The website is at www.italia.it, the logo is as pictured here and the slogan is “Italy leaves its mark”. I’m no expert on design but I’m puzzled by the logo especially. Is […]

Lorenzo il Magnifico, Florence

Lorenzo il Magnifico, Florence

This fine villa, recently restored to its original splendour, is designed to be a home for visitors staying in Florence for business or for pleasure. It is a place where everything centres on the guest and his or her  wishes, while  their only wish is to offer a sojourn which is truly “magnifico”. Success is […]

Interview with Ryan Bifulco of jouneyPod

Interview with Ryan Bifulco of jouneyPod

Ryan Bifulco is Executive Producer of journeyPod, a luxury lifestyle brand that fuses music, fashion, and travel with a pinch of style. He has previously worked for the likes of Lufthansa, Marriott and the Tourist Office of Spain through his consulting firm, Travel Spike. What is it that  you do exactly? Since we say at […]

Uffizi Gallery DVD

Uffizi Gallery DVD

Florence’s Uffizi Gallery – the oldest museum in the world – is keeping up with the times and has recently released a DVD with 3D reconstructions and including unseen walks in the Gallery and along the Vasariano Corridor. The DVD is on sale in all major museums in Italy for 24 euros and  is  available […]

It's carnival time in Venice!

It’s carnival time in Venice!

It’s carnival time in Venice!   The Venice Carnival begins on 9th February 2007 and runs until the 20th. Masquerades, theatre plays, and artistic events will bring life to the city. The event involves the whole town, its citizens and hundreds of thousands of guests.   Prepare yourself for a fabulous festival of music, ballet, […]

Valentines at the Exedra Hotel in Rome

Valentines at the Exedra Hotel in Rome

Enjoy a Valentines break in Rome at the Exedra Hotel; 2 nights in a double room (classic, superior or deluxe)  starts from €1010 and includes one romantic gift on arrival, daily newspaper and breakfast in your room, one total massage, one aperitif and dinner. And, if available, you’ll be automatically upgraded to the next room […]

Interview with Richard Whitfield of Half Moon

Interview with Richard Whitfield of Half Moon

Richard  Whitfield is  Managing Director  of Half Moon, a beautiful resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that has been welcoming guests for over 50 years.   Richard joined the resort as Financial Controller back in 1976 and became Director of Operations in 1986.   Following the retirement of Heinz Simonitsch in 2002, Richard was promoted to […]

Five best places to re-tox

Five best places to re-tox

The Guardian has a  brief article on the five best places to re-tax (as opposed to de-tox)… the shortlist includes: an Ecole du Vin weekend in March at Birmingham’s Hotel du Vin multi-course feasting at Li Licci in Sardinia a night out in London followed by a sleeper to Penzance and a stay at Rick […]

Best Valentines deals according to Shermans Travel

Best Valentines deals according to Shermans Travel

The editors at ShermansTravel.com have sorted through the ever-increasing number of Valentine’s Day travel promotions and picked their five best Valentine’s getaway deals…   including one for singles! Celebrate Love in the City of Lights for $569 La Dolce Vita in Venice this Valentine’s from $439 Valentine’s Sojourn on the Snow for $595 Romantic Beach […]

Cunard's Queen Victoria

Cunard’s Queen Victoria

A special ceremony at Fincantieri‘s Marghera shipyard near Venice was held this week to mark the float out of Cunard‘s newest Queen, ocean liner Queen Victoria. The 90,000-ton vessel will offer the very best of Cunard’s heritage and traditions, along with all modern day luxuries, but will also feature some exciting innovations. These will include […]

Hotel heaven and hell

The Independent has an article that lists celebrities’ own highs and lows when it comes to hotels, as part of a pre-amble to a competition.   Here are the ‘high’ from the list: Kim Wilde, singer turned gardener: If you want a really romantic setting, stay on the eighth floor at the Terrass Hotel in […]

European Coast and Country from Mr & Mrs Smith

European Coast and Country from Mr & Mrs Smith

Mr & Mrs Smith are giving the inside scoop on “coastal cool and countryside chic” with their newest guidebook. The European Coast and Country guidebook contains 300 pages and over 350 stunning images, featuring 22 detailed destination guides, from the Aeolian Islands to Vaucluse, as well as information on 33 favourite hotels in France, Greece, […]