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J.K. Place Florence Wants to Be Your Home in the Cradle of the Renaissance

Jul 10, 2017  |   Contributor: Nick Kontis

Everyone has a favorite city. For most worldly explorers, Florence is near the top of many must-see lists. The time-skipping beauty of the cradle of the Renaissance comes complete with a romantic and enchanting spell that continues to leave one craving more.

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Exclusive Luxury Under the Radar At the Baglioni Hotel Luna Venice

Apr 28, 2017  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Venice has no shortage of landmark hotels with prestigious names like the Gritti Palace, the Hotel Danieli and the Belmond Hotel Cipriani.

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Historic Hotel Eden Reopens in Rome This Spring

Mar 31, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On April 1, Hotel Eden will officially reopen following an 18-month restoration project overseen by architect and interior designers Bruno Moinard and Claire Betaille of 4BI & Associés and Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku from Jouin Manku. 

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Where to Sleep Under the Stars Without Going Glamping

Mar 13, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We’ve always enjoyed the idea of glamping because it gives us a chance to be in touch with our surroundings, while still having upscale amenities. But sometimes we’d like to take in the natural beauty around us in the comfort of a luxury hotel, and not in the middle of the wilderness.

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The World's Best Hotel Suite is Located In...

Dec 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

For a second year in a row, The Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan, Italy, won the World Travel Awards’ best suite category. Beating out accommodations at properties such as Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the Raj Palace, Belmond Hotel Cipriani and Emirates Palace, the Katara Suite’s victory was no easy feat.

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Savoring Tuscany With Hedonistic Hiking

Dec 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

I’ve always felt that the best way to appreciate another country is by traveling on foot while indulging in the local cuisine. As much as I like to hike, I love to eat, which is why Hedonistic Hiking’s unique culinary walking tour A Tuscan Harvest: Chianti, Castles and Tuscan Cooking had my name written all over it.

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Experiencing the Waters of Tuscany's Countryside Adler Thermae Spa Resort

Nov 30, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

I recently completed a marvelous one-week Tuscan trekking trip with Hedonistic Hiking, and a luxury stay in an exclusive spa-hotel was a much-needed break following the excursion. My guest and I sought out the help of the five-star Adler Thermae Spa & Relax Resort, a wellness property in Tuscany, to help us revive our tired bones. The hotel is located next to the small hamlet of Bagno Vignoni, a town with a population of 35.

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5 Hotels That Lived Former Lives

Nov 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher Boone

It’s not that new, from-the-ground-up hotels are any less esteemed, it’s just that properties with a storied past are just more intriguing. Sometimes to really get a sense of place when traveling, the best suites are the ones found in historic properties that have been around for centuries. Long before these luxury destinations were welcoming guests, they were the residences of princes, the estates of Italian musicians and former prison cells. If their stories don’t impress you, their fine furnishings, list of amenities and scenic locations just might do the trick. Here are five historic properties that have been restored and turned into luxury hotels:

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Fashion and Villa-Living Meet Among the Southern Hills of Florence

Aug 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  2 Comments

Italy is no stranger to fashion, and while Florence doesn’t hold the same weight as Milan in the industry, you may be surprised to know that this little city holds a piece of the fashion world on its soil. The Salvatore Ferragamo family-owned Villa Le Rose of the Lungarno Collection sits on the southern hills of Florence. Previously owned by the Medici family, Villa Le Rose has long been a place of superior luxury and an icon of wealth. The Medici’s were well known for their support of the arts and humanities; and as such, it is fitting that its current owner is among the top luxury brands in fashion.&... Read More

Lake Como's Most-Anticipated Hotel Opens With Interiors by Patricia Urquiola

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Possibly one of the most buzzed about openings of 2016, Il Sereno Lago di Como has finally welcomed its first guests this month. The design hotel comes from the same owners as the Sereno in Saint Barthélemy and was designed by Milan-based designer Patricia Urquiola, known as one of the best in the industry. Her products include collections for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Baccarat, B&B Italia, BMW and Moroso.

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Finding Restoration at Sardinia's 5-Star Ma&Ma Grand Hotel & 8,600-Sq.-Ft. Spa

Aug 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Nestled amidst more than 20 scattered Sardinian islands and islets that make up the Archipelago of La Maddalena along the Bonifacio Strait, Ma&Ma Grand Hotel Resort & Spa could hardly occupy a more scenic maritime corner. Owned by Manila Salvati and Mario Mela (whom the hotel is named after), this coastal property is comprised of 92 rooms, suites and villas, some in private ownership.

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Italy Tops the List for Fall & Holiday Travel in 2016

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This week, hordes of travel agents, industry professionals, journalists and bloggers have descended upon Las Vegas for Virtuoso Travel Week. The yearly event is put on by the luxury travel network which is comprised of over 380 agencies with more than 11,400 elite travel advisors in 30 countries. With a few more days left, the by-invitation-only organization has released its findings for the upcoming travel season.

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Sardinia’s Forte Village is Packed With Kid-Friendly Entertainment

Jul 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With more than 30 restaurants and bars and 61 different room categories, it doesn't get much better than the Forte Village resort on the southern tip of Sardinia, 25 miles from Cagliari and its international airport. Making it even more attractive is the fact that the entire property has just undergone an estimated USD $33 million renovation and a new open-air theater seating 5,000 people is set to open this summer. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will be the venue’s first musical performance.

 

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8 of Rome's Hidden & Less Well-Known Churches to Discover

Jun 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

As the free-spirited type who doesn’t enjoying planning (too much), I remember jumping onto a bus in Rome during a European backpacking adventure a few years ago without knowing exactly where to go. Turns out, the city is pretty large, and that first day, I missed a lot of attractions, including The Vatican which was closed the next day.

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The Best Restaurant in the World is Osteria Francescana

Jun 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

The “World’s 50 Best” list has named Modena, Italy’s Osteria Francescana the best restaurant in the world for 2016, dethroning Girona, Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca, now sitting at number two. This is Chef Massimo Bottura and his restaurant's first appearance at the top of the list. There were other surprising moves: Copenhagen, Denmark’s Noma, which had jockeyed with El Celler de Can Roca for the top spot over the last few years, moved in to the number five spot—its first time out of the top five since 2009. New York’s Eleven Madison Park made its highest appearance at n... Read More

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