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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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Stop Dreaming & Let Black Tomato Finally Plan Out Your Bucket List Vacations

May 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Everyone has a bucket list, seriously, everyone. And somehow we’re always adding to them but rarely crossing things off…mostly because, who really has time to plan these things anyway? Well the good people at Black Tomato, a luxury lifestyle and travel service company, has made it easier to start checking off those boxes. Launching My Bucket List, the company has begun offering its clients a chance to fulfill their goals and finally take part in the experiences they’ve been dreaming about.

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Adam Tihany-Designed Oro Restaurant Opens With Michelin-Starred Executive Chef Davide Bisetto

May 1, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Interior designer Adam D. Tihany is incredibly well known for his restaurant work, including Thomas Keller’s Per Sé and BouchonLe Cirque 2000 and Sirio for the Maccioni family, and Daniel Boulud’s Daniel in New York City. He's so iconic that Rizzoli even published a book about his interiors called Tihany: Iconic Hotels and Restaurant Interiors. Wanting to tap into some of that esteem, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice hired Tihany to design their new restaurant project, Oro. 

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Italy Auctions Off Most Haunted Island in World in Hopes of Turning It Into Luxury Hotel

Apr 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Some people get a rush when the power goes out and they see a flash of movement in the corner of their eye (while others hide). If you consider yourself a bit of a thrill seeker and never miss an episode of Ghost Adventures, you should probably get in the real estate game and buy Poveglia island. 

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Milan's Two-Michelin Starred Carlo Cracco Opening New Restaurant in an Old Sawmill

Apr 21, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

After opening a restaurant that received two Michelin stars, it would seem that the next logical step in a chef's career would be to open another fine dining establishment to add to his stars. But that’s not the case for revered Italian chef and mastermind Chef Carlo Cracco of Cracco Peck along with Tanja Solci.

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Four Seasons Milano Makes Party Planning Easier With New Catering E-Menus

Apr 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

You are cordially invited to throw your next lavish Italian shindig at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano. Okay, that’s nothing new, but thanks to their latest events and catering e-menus, social butterflies on the go can make all their social engagement arrangements from the convenience of their smartphones—anywhere, anytime, no appointment or trans-Atlantic phone calls necessary.

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Identita Golose: Italy's Tastemaking Society Goes International

Dec 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

When in Milan -- or Turin, or even Rome, for that matter -- Italian gourmands have looked to the guidance of one society for all things culinary throughout this past decade. And now, the not-so-secret society has gone international: Its English-la

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An Elegant Villa Rental for Families Visiting the Southern Italian Countryside

Dec 13, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

With 11 bedrooms and bathrooms, views of the Tuscany countryside from its windows and elegant European furnishings, Villa Controni is a stunning 19th century vacation rental that will make any Italian vacation all the more exceptional. 

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Visit a Tuscan Castle Where Michelangelo Sought Inspiration: Castello di Gabbiano

Nov 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Before arriving in Tuscany, I tried to imagine what the Italian countryside would look like in the fall: trees slowly shedding their yellow and orange leaves, rows off grapevines rolling down the hills, layers of lush green mountains sitting solemnly in the distance. Driving around the winding roads to my accommodations at Castello di Gabbiano, I quickly saw that my assumptions were correct. It was exactly as pictured, yet something about it was really surprising.

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Rome's Historic Hotel Hassler Roma Offers $48,000 Royal Penthouse Package

Nov 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

Rome’s historic five-star Hotel Hassler Roma, built in 1885 atop the famed Spanish Steps, has just unveiled its new Penthouse Suite along with an epic package to inaugurate it. The 4,300-square-foot suite features four bathrooms, two panoramic terraces with incredible views of the iconic city, a fully equipped kitchen, large living room, separate dining area, and fully stocked cocktail bar.

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Tour Sicily's Sea With JustWith's Private Yacht Charters Service

Oct 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Leaning back on the front of our yacht as it sped along the crystal-clear Sicilian waters — its spray cooling the sun's rays on my face — I thought, “This is the life.”

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Italy Sells Historic Castles and Villas to Boost Economy

Oct 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Italy has been having a bit of a budget problem and in efforts to reestablish the depleted funds, the country is selling off some of their most historic sites to private investors. Over the weekend, RT Network reported that  a Grand Inquisitor's villa, a Pope's fort and a Venetian island are just three of the 50 sites that will be sold to help raise the 500M Euros needed to stay in line with EU austerity rules and keep the country's budget deficit within the three percent threshold set by Brussels.

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Beyond Typical Italy: Visiting Risorgimento Resort, Lecce in Puglia

Oct 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

If you’re an intrepid Italy traveler who’s ventured well beyond Rome, Tuscany, Venice and the Amalfi Coast, you might consider making your way to Puglia. Sitting at the heel of "the boot," Puglia is a region renowned for its Pizzica folk dancing, historic ruins, year-round fresh produce and loads of artisan food producers. 

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