Category: Italy

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 […]

Wings Over the Mediterranean and North Africa

Wings Over the Mediterranean and North Africa

Crisscrossing the Mediterranean in high style, this new adventure from INTRAV features the culture, history, and beauty of Europe and North Africa. After overnighting in London, guests begin the adventure in Sintra, Portugal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Two nights in Fès offer the mix of French, Arab, and Berber cultures, while a three-night trip […]

Villa Dievole in Tuscany

Villa Dievole in Tuscany

This sixteenth Century villa was once home to Florence’s nobility but can now serve as your own private home from home in Italy. Your perfect Tuscan escape begins just outside Siena at Villa Dievole, which houses a very good winery, restaurant and outdoor bar with live music on weekends.

Elton John on honeymoon

Elton John on honeymoon

Elton John and David Furnish – who are probably the world’s most famous honeymooners right now – are apparently spending the time in Venice.  They have a villa on Giudecca, one of the islands of Venice’s lagoon. They have ventured into St. Marks Square and been spotted having lunch at the famous  Harry’s Bar.