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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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Palazzo Manfredi is a Historic Gem in the Heart of Rome

Oct 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Surrounded by breathtaking views of Rome including the Coliseum, the Imperial Forum and the Domus Aurea, Palazzo Manfredi is a bastion of timeless elegance for visitors to the ancient city.... Read More

Monastery Turned Luxury Hotel on the Amalfi Coast | Monastero Santa Rosa

Oct 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Melanie Votaw

When you think of a monastery turned into a hotel, you might think Spartan rooms with nothing on the walls, hard mattresses, and cold floors—basically the last place you’d want to be unless you’re a bargain-hunting backpacker. But lately, the trend is to convert these historic properties into luxury hotels that are anything but Spartan.... Read More

5 Unique Luxury Hotel Spas and Services

Sep 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

A visit to the spa tends to be at the top of many travelers’ lists when on vacation. While we know that some of the best hotel spas offer a calming environment, range of services and knowledgeable staff, the ones on this list are taking a day at the spa to a whole new level—these facilities feature igloos, use ancient remedies, employ former Surgeon Generals and master sommeliers, and span tens of thousands of square feet, make them among the most elaborate hotel spas in the world. So if you're interested in a run-of-the-mill massage or facial, you may want to look elsewhere.... Read More

China & Italy Converge at 2012 Milano Fashion Summit

Aug 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The 2012 Milano Fashion Global Summit is bringing together two of the luxury fashion industry leaders most influential countries at a gathering that focuses on the importance of fashion and commerce. China and Italy will meet at this year’s gathering in Milan, where key personalities... Read More

Saint Mark's Basilica

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Michael Pearse

This Roman Catholic cathedral is by far the most famous church in the city of Venice and is a superb display of Byzantine architecture that is comparable aesthetically to the most renowned structures in the world.... Read More

Best Things to do in Venice

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Michael Pearse

With a rich history, beautiful architecture and some amazing things to do in Venice, it is no wonder that this centuries-old city is a beacon for all types of travelers.... Read More

A Theater Like No Other - Musica A Palazzo

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Michael Pearse

By far one of the most unique opera experiences in the world, the Musica A Palazzo lets the audience into the scene rather than separating the stage and seats.... Read More

Four Seasons Milan Opens Luxury Spa Sanctuary

Jul 30, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

The Four Seasons Milan, a luxury hotel located inside Italy’s second largest city was once a 15th century convent. Today, this beautiful urban retreat, situated around a lovely garden setting, attracts visitors from all over the world... Read More

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