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The Forgotten Scents of Defunct Luxury Perfume Brands Hits the Botanical Gardens of Brera

Apr 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The 2015 Milan Expo is just around the corner, and participating in the event this year is Be Open, an international foundation working in the fields of design and creativity. Last Monday the foundation unveiled their Garden of Wonders exhibit at the Botanical Gardens of Brera. The project’s central theme is perfume and the re-interoperation of now defunct luxury brands.

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Live Like a Royal: 7 Castles to Rent On Your Next European Vacation

Apr 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 5 having aired this past Sunday, we have been daydreaming about castles, palaces and royalty all week. And, since Americans have a never-ending fascination with British kings and queens, it got us wondering what it’d be like to rent out a palace on our next vacation. 

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Shhhhh...These Are the Quieter Destinations in Venice & Florence to Avoid the Crowds

Apr 8, 2015  |   Contributor: Dorothy Cascerceri

The weather is starting to warm up in two of Italy’s most popular cities: Venice and Florence, making these magical, historically- and culturally-rich destinations even more desirable to visit in the coming months. While spring and summer mean more sunny days and comfortable temperatures for tourists, it also means more visitors jamming the narrow streets and popular attractions. Don’t let the packs deter you from visiting all of the important sites, but check out these ideas of where to go and what to do to get away from the crowds:

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Jaguar XE and Land Rover Sculptures On Display as Modern Art at Fuorisalone in Milan

Mar 31, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Cars are much more interesting when combined with art, which is why we’re looking forward to seeing the Jaguar Land Rover sculpture exhibitions at Fuorisalone. Taking place April 14-19 during the international furniture fair Salone del Mobile, Fuorisalone events will be held all throughout Milan, including two unique Jaguar sculptures that mix modern art with automotive design: Word Cloud and Unstoppable Spirit

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5 Resorts Perfectly Primed for Your Late Season Ski Holiday

Feb 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Spring is officially less than a month away and soon these dreary, bone-chilling days will be a thing of the past (even though East Coasters may beg to differ). But before we say goodbye to winter, there’s still plenty of time to hit the slopes for to enjoy late season skiing. With extended daylight hours, warmer weather, fewer crowds and longer lift opening times, this is one of the best times to pack up your gear and head to the mountains. Here are five ski resorts for March and April ski holidays:

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Travel by Month: A Year's Guide to Following the Sunshine Around the World

Jan 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We love the start of a new year; and not just because all the “New Year, New You” hype, but more so because it means 365 days of potential travel ahead. For 2015, to assist you with your own travel plans, we thought we’d put together a list of some of our favorite destinations to visit by month. Keeping in mind that sightseeing is typically an outdoor activity, we chose each destination based on its sunniest and/or its most pleasant weather months. 

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Sip on Rare Wines While Sailing Through Italy, Croatia & Slovenia This Fall

Jan 15, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

French wines and the open seas? Sounds like the perfect combination to us. Which is the same sentiment Larry and Laura Martin, founders and owners of Food & Wine Trails, shared when envisioning their President's 2015 Ultimate Wine Cruise. Gleamed from his 25 years of producing wine cruises, the  trip will compile Larry's four favorite things: a luxurious small-ship cruise, curated and rare wines, traveling during the harvest season and visiting new wine regions.

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29 Million Locals & Visitors Expected to Attend the 2015 World's Fair in Milan

Jan 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you haven't traveled to Milan yet, 2015 is your year, because the next World's Fair will be there. The Expo will carry the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," and is expecting to bring at least 29 million visitors during its May 1-October 31 run. 

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This $2M Villa Outside of Milan Boasts an Indoor Pool and Four Bedrooms

Dec 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

You might not have heard of Legnano, but if you love Milan, you may enjoy this quaint Italian town with around 60,000 inhabitants about 12 miles from the fashion capital. If the allure of Milan has you thinking of owning a home there but you’d prefer a location outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, you may want to consider Via Roma Legnano.

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JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Venture Into Italy With Newest Venice Property

Dec 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is making their way into Italy with the opening of their Venice property in March 2015. Set on a lagoon location within the island, the hotel offers views of St Mark’s Square and La Serenissima and was created in collaboration with award-winning Italian architect firm Matteo Thun & Partners.

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Visit the Architecture and History of 11 of the World's Most Stunning Opera Houses

Jun 25, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Whether you're an opera fan, an avid admirer of historical architecture, or just someone who appreciates beauty, there are few buildings more lovely than the opera houses found all over the world. Sure, many are incredibly well known (like the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Sydney Opera House in Australia), but others tend to be quieter — though their stories are no less amazing. 

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Celebrate Good Health & Try Traditional Dishes at The Feast Day of the Madonna della Salute This Friday

Nov 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Venice can get pretty touristy, but if you're looking for an event that tends to draw in just as many locals as it does visitors, the Feast Day of the Madonna della Salute is it, and it's just a quick day trip from Milan. The religious festival takes place on November 21, celebrating the end of the bubonic plaque that terrorized the city from 1630 to 1631 and allows people to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for stepping in and saving the day.

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Rome's Grand Hotel Via Veneto Boasts an Impressive Art Collection in its 19th Century Villas

Nov 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Rome is one of the world’s great art destinations thanks to unparalleled collections like the Vatican Museums, the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj and the Villa Borghese, not to mention all the ancient sites around the forum. However, one of the city’s luxury hotels is an art destination in and of itself.

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This is How You Savor the Best of White Truffle Season in Italy

Oct 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff  |  1 Comment

Truffles are the diamonds of the food world, coveted by chefs and foodies across the globe for their heavenly aroma and distinctly earthy flavor. Their rarity, seasonality and the special means of their discovery make European truffles particularly pricey and competitively fought over. After all, they’re wild things, growing underground at the base of particular trees in specific climates, and it takes specially trained dogs and pigs to find them.

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Park Your Superyacht in Olbia, Right Next to All the Others

Sep 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

You’ve heard of Olbia, right? If you’re well-traveled or filthy rich, you probably know exactly where it is. You see, according to Private Jet Charter, this little city off the coast of Italy is quickly becoming a favorite travel destination among the super-wealthy who once flocked to the French Riviera.

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