The heir to the Roman civilisation and instigator of the most famous art movements, including the Renaissance, Italy is a land of culture, monuments and beauty of all kinds.
The empress, the grande dame, the bejeweled matriarch… Rome is one of the most awe-inspiring capitals in the world. No other city offers so many strata of beauty, from Roman ruins to medieval campaniles, Renaissance palaces, Baroque basilicas, 18th century steps and modernist buildings. And all of these jewels are set in a verdant showcase of parks, gardens, flower-filled terraces and historic villas, with the sun as its spotlight and the Tiber as an embellishing ribbon. To discover Rome in all its splendor, the visitor need only climb one of its seven hills, like Quirinal or Janiculum. Or enter any church to discover the artists who have immortalized the Eternal City: Caravaggio at San Luigi dei Francesi, Michelangelo at San Pietro in Vincoli, Raphael at Sant’Agostino. Out in the streets the spectacle continues with fountains by Bernini, façades by Borromini and Bramante’s Tempietto. On the horizon, the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, designed by Michelangelo, is balanced by the even older cupola of the Pantheon. In no other city in the world do the ruins feel so alive: a Forum nestled in greenery, a Colosseum as heavily frequented as in the gladiators’ time, a Circus Maximus where visitors can relax on the grass or run with the ghosts of charioteers.
The focal point of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, the Gulf of Naples defies all comparison. Sun-drenched, edgy, elegant and down-home, the eponymous city takes center stage, with the majesty of Vesuvius as its backdrop. This is a multifaceted city, full of baroque churches and noble palaces, with the seafront on one side and the historic pizzerias and friggitorie of the Spaccanapoli district on the other. The charm of this ancient metropolis arises from the tension that energizes these two vital halves of its soul. The past is not forgotten - as a visit to the ruins of Pompeii, Herculanum or Paestum so eloquently demonstrates.
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Mediterranean maquis, pines, white sand beach and blue sea are all part of the landscape at Punta Ala, a natural gem of the Maremma in Tuscany. The Hotel Cala del Porto enjoys stunning views over the Tuscan archipelago, notably the island of Elba, Capraia, and, on a clear day, Corsica. A wellness centre, a private beach and its restaurant, a beautiful golf course and a pool with views over the marina guarantee total relaxation and pleasure. In the environs, explore Bolgheri, the cradle of Italy’s finest wines and the tiny medieval city of Massa Marittima; a two-hour drive at most will take you to Lucca, Pisa, Sienna and Florence. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Anthony Genovese has travelled widely to England, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. Now, with Il Pagliaccio (The Clown) right in the heart of Renaissance Rome, he has returned to his roots. His cuisine is both Italian and cutting-edge. It is complex, technically demanding and inspired above all by his personal tastes and choice of ingredients – it is more than simply fusion cuisine. His pairings are inspired: linguine with cod, pistachios and dried tomatoes; pigeon with kumquat cream and Thai rice. His carousel of flavours extends well beyond the secondo piatto. Pear with caramel, lime and eucalyptus jelly – Marion Lichte’s desserts are bold and reach for the stars. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. The Albereta welcomes you to a refined setting, which is marked by good taste: antique-style lounges and terraces with extraordinary vistas of Lake Iseo, between the hills and vineyards of Franciacorta. From the first coffee in the morning to the last glass in the evening, the Albereta reinterprets the bistro tradition in an Italian way, whilst the new restaurant highlights the cuisine of yesteryear. Add to this the magic of the opening ceiling of your room to gaze up at the stars from the comfort of your bed and an exclusive visit to the family cellars at Bellavista and Contadi Castaldi. Finally the Albereta is a place dedicated to health and beauty thanks to its Medical Spa Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in a village. At the foot of the Alps, close to Lake Orta – one of the most romantic places in the Padan Plain – Chef Luisa Marelli has created a stellar reputation for her celebrated cuisine. This self-taught former humanities student has forged her culinary style by scouring cookery books and experimenting, with the help of her husband, Angelo Valazza. She describes it as “a combination of Piedmont, Mediterranean and international influences, brought together and inspired by the mountains” where she loves to walk. Ingredients like the white Alba truffles and the porcini mushrooms come from there: potato with eggs and served with white truffles is a delight not to be missed. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. In the heart of the Piedmont vineyards and the white truffle region, this former Franciscan monastery was transformed into the Relais San Maurizio, a place dedicated to the wellness of body and soul. Every suite offers a different view of the Langhe hills, designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. The spa offers thalassotherapy, in a former salt cave. Treatments skilfully combine cutting-edge medical knowledge with water and salt-based products. The restaurant, Guido da Costigliole, located in the beautiful vaulted cellars of the building, has been the undisputed benchmark for fine dining in the region for more than fifty years. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on the lagoon. This historic hotel prides itself on having, over its life of 150 years, received artists and celebrities such as Tchaikovsky, D'Annunzio and Borges, who were captivated by the Londra Palace and its dream location. Piazza San Marco is a stone’s throw away, as are the vaporetti and gondolas to explore the canals. One hundred windows look out over the San Marco Basin and the Lagoon, however the views over the roofs and church towers from the other side of the building are no less beautiful. Biedermeier-style furniture, tapestries and brocades adorn the elegantly decorated rooms, and the restaurant adds a creative touch to the great classic dishes of Venetian cuisine. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Tiny traditional stone houses, tucked away in five hectares of forest, in the shade of juniper bushes and holm oaks, have been converted into sophisticated rooms where you can relax. The air is fragrant with the scents of the garrigue, and there are delightful views to be enjoyed over the Gulf of Arzachena and the Archipelago of Maddalena. The wellness centre, housed in natural granite grottos, offers a treatments specialising in Oriental techniques. The Italian regional cuisine served in the restaurant is light and appetising. Unless lunch on board a boat on a private excursion on the clear waters of the Costa Smeralda exercises an even greater attraction. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. The hotel, perched on a cliff over the sea in a breathtaking position in Capri, offers from everywhere one of the most beautiful views in the world. Once a summer house of a Russian Prince, it is now a boutique hotel with an exquisite décor much loved by King Farouk of Egypt who was booking his suite for the year. Here you can enjoy the stunning infinity pool overlooking the Bay of Naples, the flavours of the restaurant with one of the best views on the island, the piano on the terrace at sunset and the wonderful gardens. Feel welcome to the land of aesthetes and start discovering the blue legend of Capri! ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. Right in the centre of Milan, a very special and originally styled hotel has brought a splendid Art Nouveau mansion from the early 20th century back to life. Château Monfort draws its inspiration from the worlds of fairy tale and opera and is a magical spot where dreams and reality merge in a retro chic ambiance. This “urban castle” with pastel-coloured walls adorned with flowers and butterflies, mosaics on the floors, mirrors and princely alcoves is marked by a romantic and tasteful atmosphere, particularly in the magnificent "heart-stealer" Restaurant Rubacuori. At midnight, enjoy the Mezzanotte Bar Lounge with its magnificent glass dome. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. A large stone-built house at the end of a drive lined with Cypress trees, rolling hills for as far as the eye can see, a garden stocked with different species and fragrances – this is the Tuscany of our dreams. It is sheer delight to stroll between the flower beds, and the infinity pool offers stunning views over the valley. The stone walls, that once housed a staging post for pilgrims, have retained their peacefulness, but the décor has been enlivened by antique furniture and murals, which gleam in the light of crystal chandeliers. As in the past, the garden provides aromatic herbs and vegetables and the bees offer honey from the flowers on the grounds. ... Learn moreless