Category: Italy

Three in a bed at Hotel Landhaus Milser

Three in a bed at Hotel Landhaus Milser

The Landhaus Milser  had three  unexpected, but nevertheless welcome, guests in one of its beds last night.    Home to the Italian national football side for the last month, the hotel put on 350 bottles of spumante  (note, not French Champagne!)… as if the celebrations needed a little help! And the three in a bed, […]

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica – the latest and most luxurious addition to the MSC Cruises fleet – had a christening ceremony in Venice last week. This spectacular new ship is also the largest in the fleet and can therefore afford to offer spacious staterooms and expansive deck space. The ship’s inaugural 7-night voyage is  from Italy to […]

Special feature: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio in the Italian Lakes

Special feature: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio in the Italian Lakes

When you see a lone,  bright red Ferrari parked outside, you kind of already know that you have reached somewhere that’s likely to be grand and palatial. The entrance to the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni was in full bloom  when we arrived  in the  sleepy-but-romantic town of Bellagio earlier this month, and the interior lived […]

Intown Luxury House in Rome, Italy

Intown Luxury House in Rome, Italy

In the heart of Rome, near the Spanish Steps, a small building hides six luxurious, light, minimalist suites: perfect for those who feel the classic hotel to be too impersonal or a bed and breakfast too familiar. Intown is a very charming, rich yet simplistic, designer project, evoking the feeling of being in a Roman […]

Special feature: Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano, Italy

Special feature: Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano, Italy

I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the exclusive and historically-unique  Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano  earlier this month.  This member of  the Dorchester Group is one of just two Milanese hotels that make it into the Condé Nast  top 700 hotels in the world. Occupying a great location on Piazza della Repubblica, it is  just […]

Just back from Italy and Switzerland

I’ve been away with the family this past fortnight and returned to the familiarity of home in the early hours of this morning.   We’ve had a fantastic time in Milan, the Italian Lakes and the Ticino region of Switzerland and I’ll be posting more details shortly.

Venice's San Clemente Palace

Venice’s San Clemente Palace

Beat the crowds by staying at this sumptuous former monastery on your own private island in Venice, just 10 minutes by gondola from St. Mark’s Square. Dine at the world-class Ca’ dei Frati Restaurant and watch the sun set over Venice every night from any of the palace terraces. There’s also two further restaurants, a […]

New Hilton Worldwide Resorts in Europe

New Hilton Worldwide Resorts in Europe

Three new Hilton Worldwide Resorts are due to open in Europe shortly. The first to open its doors will be the Hilton Evian Resort & Spa in France next month. This spectacular resort is situated on the shores of Lake Leman in the Western Alps, close to the French-Swiss border. Hilton Portorosa Sicily and Hilton […]

SuperStar Libra

SuperStar Libra

Star Cruises’ SuperStar Libra – the latest addition to the Star Cruises Asia fleet – is due to arrive in Valletta, Malta today, completing the final leg of her relocation cruise ready for her inaugural season in the Eastern Mediterranean.  The new 42,000-gross tonne world class exclusive floating resort will offer an interesting diversity of […]

Parma culinary tour from Select Italy and Academia Barilla

Select Italy has recently announced a new and exciting culinary adventure in Italy. In partnership with Parma’s Academia Barilla (recently featured on the Food Network), the Chicago-based tour operator and travel agency has created a luxury culinary getaway in the heart of the Italian bread-basket: Parma. This seven-day luxury tour is scheduled to start on […]

Enjoy opera season in Verona

Enjoy opera season in Verona

Worldhotels is offering opera lovers the chance to experience opera season in Verona with an exclusive package from its member hotel, the luxurious and stylish Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista. This years there’s the  return of a multitude of favourite performances across the summer months of June, July and August, including the Puccini classics, Tosca […]

New boutique hotel opens in Chianti

New boutique hotel opens in Chianti

Villa Bordoni is a new, stylish and elegant countryside estate located in the heart of Florentine Chianti Classico, the most upscale and picturesque area of Chianti. Run by founders and owners of successful Florentine restaurants ‘Baldovino’ and ‘Beccofino’, the property is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and a beautiful Italian garden and pool. The hotel […]

DuVine Adventures enjoys 10th year

DuVine Adventures enjoys 10th year

Luxury holidays aren’t always about reclining beside a beautiful pool and being waited on hand and foot.   They can be more active affairs as exemplified by DuVine Adventures. Enjoying its 10th year of trading, this Somerville, MA based operator’s mission on their superb bike tours is “to engage your senses, nurture your curiosity and […]

Keel laying ceremony for Cunard's Queen Victoria

Keel laying ceremony for Cunard’s Queen Victoria

A ceremony marking the keel laying for Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria has been held at the Marghera shipyard of Fincantieri near Venice, Italy. The second largest ship ever built for Cunard will take to the water in January next year and enter service on 11th December 2007. It will become the third in Cunard’s fleet […]

Da Vinci Code tourism?

Da Vinci Code tourism?

It’s the official premiere of the The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou this evening, and many corners of the globe are bracing themselves for Da Vinci Code tourists.   Tours of Paris and the Louvre are the obvious first port of call, with the likes of London, Scotland and Rome also […]

Top 10 cities for foodies

Top 10 cities for foodies

What would you say are the top 10 cities for eating out? According to MSNBC, it’s Barcelona, Brussels, Hanoi, Las Vegas, Lyon, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo and Vancouver. The choices are based on “cities chosen for their unique dishes”, “others for their celebrity chefs”, and “others for creating dishes known the world over”. […]