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Versace RTW Spring 2014: Do We Love It Or Hate It?

Sep 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Versace’s Spring 2014 runway show during Milan Fashion Week today was an emotional roller-coaster. Falling in and out of love with the collection as each piece came down the runway was enough to leave us in a frenzy over which looks we we’re digging and which made us cringe.... Read More

Luisa Beccaria RTW Spring 2014: Classic Italian Romance

Sep 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

It’s refreshing to see a truly beautiful collection during the chaos that is Fashion Week. With all the peacocking that goes on between designers, editors and even attendees it seems like everyone is always trying to outdo one another.... Read More

5 European Wine Tours That Are Anything But Stuffy

Aug 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Wine tours are a quintessential part of traveling through Europe, as its regions hold some of the most famous vineyards, brands and family-run wineries in the world. If you’re a frequent traveler to The Old World you may be looking for something a little different this next time around. Like you, we were itching for that extra twist that made a tour stand out among the rest. Below is a compilation of some of Europe’s unique wine experiences.... Read More

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

160-Year-Old Sicilian Villa Promises a Personal Touch to Your Italian Vacation

Jul 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver  |  1 Comment

Owner Francesco Alessi is standing proudly in the lush garden of our grand Sicilian villa, Il Giardino di Isabella, holding in his outstretched right hand what appears to be a rusty spear. In broken English, he explains it was the very flagpole his great grandfather had used to claim the land on which we sit, after he had led the revolution against the Bourbon rule of Sicily about 160 years ago.... Read More

14th Century Castle on One of Tuscany's Last Great Private Estates Listed at $26 Million

Jul 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

La Selva, one of Tuscany’s last great private estates, has been listed for sale by Christie’s International Real Estate for about $26 million. Set on an incredible 2,200 acres near Siena, the property includes a historic castle, guest villas and a farmhouse. The heart of the estate is the Castello della Selva, which dates back to the 14th century.... Read More

Sweet Smiles and Sharp Suits: Remembering James Gandolfini

Jun 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

The acting world was hit with a great loss as American actor, James Gandolfini died in Rome, Italy yesterday from a heart attack. Gandolfini starred in over 50 films winning 16 awards including three Emmy awards, five Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Golden Globe while having 26 nominations.... Read More

Cruising Around Venice and Northern Italy on Uniworld's River Countess

Jun 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss  |  1 Comment

There are many ways to experience Venice and its surrounding towns, but few as special as from a river cruise along the Po River. This is an experience only available with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. As this is the city of water, living in the very same lagoon and stepping out for a stroll with the Venetians is an ultimate indulgence.... Read More

Charming Luxury Villa in Sardinia Ready for Romance

Jan 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

The streets of Alghero are impossibly postcard-pretty—winding alleyways with cobbled pavements, colorful buildings, and a stunning view of the azure Mediterranean Sea. My husband and I are sipping cocktails alfresco, in one of the many bars lining the old town wall. There's a reason why we picked this spot; the same reason all the seats around us are taken, and that crowds are gathering along the wall overlooking the calm water: the sunset.... Read More

The 2013 Opening of Opera Season at La Scala Ignites National Controversy

Jan 14, 2013

What’s the opera without a bit of drama? The opening of the La Scala opera season started off with some scandal when general music director of La Scala, Daniel Barenboim, decided to open the... Read More

The Bauer De Pisis Welcomes New Executive Chef Hiraki Masakazu

Jan 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Hiraki Masakazu has recently been named Executive Chef at De Pisis of Il Palazzo at the BAUERs hotel in Venice, Italy. For the past decade, Mr. Masakazu has been Sous Chef at De Pisis, working in tandem with former Executive Chef Giovanni Ciresa. Chef Masakazu attended the popular Hattori Nutrition College in Tokyo and then gained work experience in several gourmet restaurants, including Gualtiero Marchesi 2 in Kobe in Japan, and Villa Crespi and La Fermata in Italy. However, according to Mr. Masakazu, “the years working with Chef Ciresa have been my most favorite culinary experience, giving me the opportunity to grow both as a professional and as a chef.” De Pisis offers intimate gourmet dining, either indoors or on its terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. The restaurant is renowned for... Read More

When in Tuscany Live as the Medici's Did at Villa Poggio Bartoli

Jan 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Villa Poggio Bartoli, like many Italian buildings, is filled to the brim with centuries of torrid stories and intriguing historical elements. First built as a defensive outpost during the rule of the Medici's, the luxury villa later became an elegant country home, famed for its hunting prowess. Though its days of harboring nobility are long past, Poggio Bartoli seems to be frozen in time in its grandest age of elegance.... Read More

Vacation In Old Hollywood Style At The Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Dec 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Carolyn Hsu

I sunk deep into a plush brocade love chair in the lobby of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a fresh cappuccino in hand, and sighed. Outside, the late afternoon sun warmed the pristine blue waters of Lake Como and I watched... Read More

Unique Spa Treatments Using Local Ingredients at Salvatore Ferragamo's Il Borro Estate

Dec 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Miles away from Florence, in picturesque Italian wine country is Salvatore Ferragamo’s Il Borro estate. Guests at the luxurious property can now look forward not only to accommodations in the villas and suites, but also to a spa that uses natural ingredients grown on the estate. OlivOil (olive oil treatments), are a genuine beauty experience that quenches thirsty, dry skin, thanks to the natural oil gathered from around the estate. Vinotherapy, uses substances found in grapes and grape seeds that in a synergic approach, play an important role in bodily care and the treatment of skin blemishes, allowing for an invigorating skin treatment. The combination of western and eastern treatments guarantees quality and a superior sensorial experience.... Read More

The Village of Amalfi: Your Base For Exploring the Italian Coast

Nov 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Melanie Votaw  |  2 Comments

The port town of Amalfi is the perfect home base for exploring the rest of the Amalfi Coast, but it’s worth some time by itself. Though smaller than Positano, Amalfi contains the Coast’s signature pastel buildings that almost look like they’re floating down the cliff face toward the Mediterranean Sea. It’s busy during the tourist season, but it’s still a small village with its own tiny beach and hilly pedestrian streets.

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