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An Adults-Only Monastery Hotel Where Celibacy is Encouraged

Mar 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

Eremito Hotel (hermit in Italian), has only twin beds within its 14 rooms and is described as luxury for the solo travelers. The hotel was designed to look just the original Umbrian monasteries that date back 800 years ago. The property was designed for getting away, losing stress, reflecting and meditating, the way the monks did.

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La Dolce Vita at The Baglioni Hotel Regina

Mar 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

Before you even get settled into the five-star Baglioni Hotel Regina in Rome, one of the property’s butlers will request to unpack your bags for you. It’s this kind of service and attention to detail that is at the forefront of a stay at this over-a-century-old hotel.

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Discovering the Exclusive Side of Italy

Feb 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

Imagine touring the Vatican’s hallways with a seminarian and by happenstance meeting the Pope; attending a private party for Il Ballo del Doge, the Venetian masquerade ball during Carnival, or watching Siena’s famous Palio horse race from the balcony of a princess’s private apartment. This is the type of exclusive experience Dream Italy affords its guests.

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Prince Charles, Henry Kissinger & Ingrid Bergman Have All Stayed at this Roman Hotel

Feb 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

When you enter the Hassler Hotel in Rome, the old-world European elegance of a grand structure built in 1893 is still apparent. It’s easy to see why notable guests such as Prince Félix de Luxembourg, Frederik of Denmark, Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Picasso, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Henry Kissinger, Ingrid Bergman, Deepak Chopra, and John Steinbeck have all stayed at the Hassler.

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5 Extraordinary Buildings Repurposed as Swanky New Hotels

Feb 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Every year, new hotels pop up across the globe; some are built from the ground up while others utilize the architecture that is already residing in a city. When developers and designers choose the latter, some pretty stunning properties can take shape. Restored from centuries-old structures, these hotels often times feature unique spaces, vaulted ceilings, original moldings, frescoes and even secret nooks. Of the many properties that debuted in 2015, here’s a look at our five favorite hotels that were conceived out of historic buildings.

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Ferrari Enthusiast? This Might Be Your Dream Italian Vacation

Jan 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s nothing like the feeling of being behind the wheel of a luxury sportscar and zipping past scenic landscapes. This year, Donna Franca Tours and Red Travel have put together a four-day vacation in Italy doing just that, with the help of either the Ferrari 458 Spider, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari California or Ferrari 458 Speciale (upon request with surcharge). 

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10 Buildings That Transformed From Historic Spaces Into Luxury Hotels

Jan 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

“If these walls could talk,” is never more true than when uttered in reference to hotels. Of course, if they could speak, we probably wouldn’t want to know all the spicy details of a traveler’s stay. But there are some properties whose stories begin long before they ever housed guests. These hotels once housed everyone from bankers to newspaper men and even prisoners, before being transformed into luxury properties across the globe. Here are 10 properties that went from historic spaces to four- and five-star accommodations:

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7 Hotels Offering Detox & Wellness Packages to Kickstart Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions

Dec 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The holidays can be rough on our bodies. Nevermind the stress of shopping in crowded malls, getting together with in-laws or heading to endless Christmas parties. The real reason we dread the season is because we know it means lots of unhealthy eating. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good sweet treat as much as the next guy. 

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6 Italian Restaurants Where Celebrity Sightings & Exquisite Fares Are Just Another Day on Lake Como

Dec 15, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With celebrities such as George Clooney, Robert De Niro and business magnate Richard Branson having vacation homes in the area, restaurants along Italy’s beautiful Lake Como serve up some very creative dishes. By far, the best way to enjoy this Italian gourmet tour is to rent a car and meander along the lake shoreline to stop off at the below leading restaurants.

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Franciacorta: The Under-the-Radar Destination is Rising to the Top of Italy's Best Wine Regions

Dec 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Courtney Cachet

When it comes to Italy and wine, you most likely think of Tuscany as one of the country’s best regions. But a little over an hour from Milan, tucked away in a tranquil corner of Lombardy, is a winemaking destination that you may not have heard of called Franciacorta. And it’s Italy’s next big thing.

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Sheraton Opens as the Only Luxury Chain Hotel on Lake Como

Dec 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Nestled within a lush 118,403-square-foot park, the Sheraton Lake Como conveys the impression of rural seclusion even though it is only a 10-minute walk away from the town of Cernobbio and a 15-minute ferry ride to Como itself. Opened this spring, following a multi-million euro renovation under architect Ruggero Venelli, this 116-room property is the first international upscale hotel chain on the lake.

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100 Years Later, The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is Still the Jewel of Lake Como

Nov 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Twin sweeping stone entrance stairways hug either side of at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, and a vintage walnut-paneled elevator offers panoramic views over Lake Como, making your arrival to the five-star property nothing less than enchanting. The immediate sense of romantic, old world charm is fully realized as the elevator doors slide open on to the second floor lobby.

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Modern Yet Classic: Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto Offers the Best of Old & New Rome

Nov 19, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

With its prestigious address on Via Veneto, one of the most expensive and exclusive streets in Rome, Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto attracts elite travelers and celebrities year after year to its chic digs. The accommodations come courtesy of two 19th century villas combined to make one stunning property.

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Oliver Astrologo's 3-Minute Video Takes Us Through Rome Via a Local's Eyes, & It's Stunning

Nov 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Rome is an incredible city. With its layers of fascinating history, stunning architecture and eternal magnetism, it’s easy for the Italian destination to get under your skin as soon as you arrive. It’s difficult to really capture a sense of the city in just one trip (or even multiple visits, for that matter), but Photographer Oliver Astrologo set out to do just that in his short film simply entitled Roma

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The Best Part Comes After "I Do," These Resorts Will Make You Super Excited for the Honeymoon

Oct 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

A honeymoon is supposed to be the kind of vacation you’ll never forget, a trip of a lifetime. And of course, as your first excursion together as husband and wife, no expense should be spared. Sunset yacht cruise? Yes.

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