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3 of Italy's Best Hotels for Avoiding the Crowds While Staying Near Top Attractions

Sep 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Ahhh, Italia! There is a reason Europe’s boot remains one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations; many, many reasons, in fact. From sprawling museums displaying art that spans several millennia to fabulous fashions, incomparable food and wine, dynamic cities and picturesque towns and not to mention friendly people, Italy truly is a traveler’s paradise.

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Have You Eaten at One of the World's Most Expensive Restaurants? Find Out!

Sep 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Considering we already told you all about the world's most expensive foods (does $1,000 for an omelet ring a bell?), we figured we'd move on to the priciest restaurants out there today. Thankfully, Pennywell already put together this handy infographic that showcases eight of the best dining spots in the world. From Masa in New York (where the tasting menu costs around $450 and cancelling a reservation could get you a $200 per person fine) to Ithaa in the Maldives (where you dine on the $300 23-course meal from within a transparent acrylic tunnel under the sea), here are some of the fanciest restaurants you should make reservations for right now. 

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21 Nations Prepare for the Upcoming 2014 Rolex Swan Cup in Italy

Sep 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Damon M. Banks

The thrill of the much-anticipated Rolex Swan Cup will once again be experienced when it kicks off on September 8. Luxury yacht owners from all over the world will gather for a week of competition, friendship, and glamour at the Italian seaside resort of Porto Cervo in northern Sardinia. The level of sophistication experienced here is hard to match thanks to the 30-year successful partnership between Rolex, Nautor’s Swan, and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda—three international brands synonymous with luxury and excellence. 

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Tuscany's Villa Le Barone Wants to Know if You'd be Into an Eroica Affair

Sep 1, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  2 Comments

The first thing that caught our eye about this event is its name: L'Eroica. Understandably, this had us imagining some kind of fetish affair that we most likely wouldn’t want to participate in. Luckily, we were wrong.

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Learn How to Cook Italian Campania-Style Cuisine at Quattro Passi's New Bespoke Cookery School

Aug 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Cooking is one of our favorite pastimes and we're always looking for new dishes to try out. But just because we enjoy cooking doesn't mean we know all there is to know—far from it—so sometimes we like to join in on a fun cooking class and Quattro Passi's Cookery School in Italy is definitely on our list. The two Michelin-starred restaurant, owned and run by Antonio Mellino, is known for its deliciously authentic Campania cuisine and that's exactly what their cooking courses are designed to teach.

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Join the Bicycle Tourism Movement With a 7-Day Gourmet, Wine & Bike in Tour in Italy

Jul 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

For the past couple of years, Bicycle Tourism has seen a rise in popularity since its 1970s heydays. It is quickly becoming one of the preferred methods of seeing the world for active travelers. From organized trips to self-explored routes and trips for people of all ages, tourists are finding more reasons to use this environmentally-friendly approach to their vacations.

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Enjoy Tuscany’s Thrilling Palio di Siena Horse Races Like a VIP

Jul 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Horseracing is the sport of kings, so it’s only fitting that a privileged few (just 20, to be exact) should get the royal treatment by attending Italy’s most luxurious and greatest horse race. Your vantage point for the legendary Palio di Siena in Tuscany? The private balcony of an ideally located appartamento overlooking the sardine-packed crowds gathered for the thrilling Palio dell’Assunta main event.

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Italian-Inspired Etiquette: 5 Forgotten Niceties Angelinos Should Really Re-embrace

Jul 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Face it, Los Angeles residents have a reputation for coming off as, a tad standoffish, possibly a result of everyone being so incredibly cool (or at least thinking they are). Sometimes all it takes though is a little lesson in the lost art form of etiquette, and few do it better than Europeans.

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

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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5 Towns in Sicily Worth Visiting on Your Next European Adventure

Jun 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen  |  1 Comment

Lying between southern Italy and northern Africa, Sicily presents an attractive, all-year-round climate with which to indulge in its many activities. Following a recent 1,242-mile drive around its winding coastline and into its more mountainous territory, we discovered a few ways to enjoy Sicily’s many offerings.

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Get Outdoors This Summer in Venice and Enjoy Palladio Hotel & Spa's Lush Gardens

May 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Free time is often filled these days with the buzz of TVs, the Internet, smartphones, tablets and video games, and many of the joys of life seem to have been swept under the rug. Whether intentional or not, Palladio Hotel & Spa by the Bauer Hotel group is combating the current focus on tech entertainment by offering its guests a reason to get outdoors this summer.

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Villa Spalletti Trivelli: A Discreet Boutique Hotel Away From the Urban Rush of Rome

May 16, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Luxury boutique hotels often offer some of the most alluring experiences due to their exceptional charm. The personal attention received from staff, fewer guests around the property and a welcoming atmosphere help make boutique hotels stand out. Along these lines, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is equipped with only 12 guestrooms and the exclusivity makes it one of Rome's top hotels on Trip Advisor.

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The Rustic Eremo Della Giubiliana Feels Authentically Sicilian & Steeped in Italian History

May 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Centuries ago, earthquakes devastated properties around southern Sicily, but the Eremo della Giubiliana miraculously escaped any damage. Now a relaxing sense of seclusion and tranquility pervades the staircases and corridors of this delightful sandstone-walled palazzo. Add to that the friendliness of the property's staff and you have a wonderfully hidden retreat away from the stresses of modern life.

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Bask in the Mediterranean Climate and Enjoy World-Class Golf at Verdura Golf & Spa Resort

May 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Overlooking a sweeping stretch of the Ionian Sea, Rocco Forte Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is a luxury property encompassing 568 acres of gently undulating land in south-west Sicily. The five-star, multi-building property is comprised of 230 rooms and suites with Latin terracotta and ochre exteriors, and ecologically-friendly features such as solar energy and water-recycling. Costing around 140 million euro (about USD $195 million), the project is the brainchild of hospitality entrepreneur, Rocco Forte, and is designed by architect Flavio Albanese; it's complete with golf courses, sea sports, swimming pools and clay tennis courts among many ente... Read More

Travel Back to The Edwardian Era at the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea in Sicily

May 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Seated together outside our door were the Queen of Denmark and the King of Sweden and further up the corridor was Queen Maria of Romania — each caught in the eye of the photographic lens, indicating the type of clientele who once frequented Grand Hotel Villa Igiea. Steeped in history, this grand dame of hotel properties on the outskirts of Palermo, Sicily has hosted high financiers and royalty alike during its century-long, illustrious career. And it’s not difficult to understand why.

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