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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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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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