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Italian-Inspired Etiquette: 5 Forgotten Niceties Angelinos Should Really Re-embrace

Jul 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Face it, Los Angeles residents have a reputation for coming off as, a tad standoffish, possibly a result of everyone being so incredibly cool (or at least thinking they are). Sometimes all it takes though is a little lesson in the lost art form of etiquette, and few do it better than Europeans.

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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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8 of Rome's Hidden & Less Well-Known Churches to Discover While in Italy

Jun 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

As the free-spirited type who doesn’t enjoying planning (too much), I remember jumping onto a bus in Rome during a European backpacking adventure a few years ago without knowing exactly where to go. Turns out, the city is pretty large, and that first day, I missed a lot of attractions, including The Vatican which was closed the next day.

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5 Towns in Sicily Worth Visiting on Your Next European Adventure

Jun 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen  |  1 Comment

Lying between southern Italy and northern Africa, Sicily presents an attractive, all-year-round climate with which to indulge in its many activities. Following a recent 1,242-mile drive around its winding coastline and into its more mountainous territory, we discovered a few ways to enjoy Sicily’s many offerings.

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Get Outdoors This Summer in Venice and Enjoy Palladio Hotel & Spa's Lush Gardens

May 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Free time is often filled these days with the buzz of TVs, the Internet, smartphones, tablets and video games, and many of the joys of life seem to have been swept under the rug. Whether intentional or not, Palladio Hotel & Spa by the Bauer Hotel group is combating the current focus on tech entertainment by offering its guests a reason to get outdoors this summer.

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Villa Spalletti Trivelli: A Discreet Boutique Hotel Away From the Urban Rush of Rome

May 16, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Luxury boutique hotels often offer some of the most alluring experiences due to their exceptional charm. The personal attention received from staff, fewer guests around the property and a welcoming atmosphere help make boutique hotels stand out. Along these lines, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is equipped with only 12 guestrooms and the exclusivity makes it one of Rome's top hotels on Trip Advisor.

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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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