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My Route du Bonheur

Italy - the home of romance

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From the Trevi Fountain to the Venice lagoon, the Renaissance palaces of Florence to the Duomo of Milan, city of fashion, this route truly represents "romance" and "refinement". Here we meet Raphael and Michelangelo; there, Dante, Titian, Botticelli or Verdi. The heart of both the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, the beauty of northern Italy’s cities is matched only by that of its surrounding nature. From the "eternal city" to the landscapes of Tuscany via Emilia Romagna, the gastronomic heart of the country, this Route du Bonheur has emerged as the art-lover’s road.  
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.


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Palazzo Manfredi

Rome - Italy

Hotel and restaurant in town. Palazzo Manfredi is an elegant hideaway in the centre of what was once imperial Rome. The charming 17th century palace has spectacular views of the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Domus Aurea, combined with superb hospitality. Built over the ruins of the Ludus Magnus, the gymnasium used by Roman gladiators, Palazzo Manfredi was the hunting pavilion of the Guidi gardens. Today it is tastefully adorned with art ranging from 16th century antique paintings to contemporary pieces. The hotel offers an intimate experience, crowned only by a meal at the hotel’s Aroma restaurant where the unparalleled vistas of ancient Rome are beautifully matched by the culinary delights. ... Learn moreless

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Hotel Raphaël

Roma - Italy

Hotel and restaurant in town. With its facade covered in ivy, the Raphael, just a stone’s throw from the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica, is the ideal starting point to experience the elegance of Rome. Come and discover this magnificent residence, a small museum itself, with works of art including sculptures, paintings, lithographs, antiques and collections of Picasso ceramics and Mayan art. Above the rooftops, the flower-filled terrace is the place to savour an organic and natural cuisine, whilst contemplating the magnificent panoramic views of the city. Discover the two new modern and original “executive floors” bearing the signature of the renowned American architect Richard Meier. ... Learn moreless

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Il Pagliaccio

Roma - Italy

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

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See The Creation of Adam and The Final Judgment, Vatican

See The Creation of Adam and The Final Judgment, Vatican

The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel alone are worth a trip to the Vatican. Regardless of the crowd and inconvenience, Michelangelo’s two most famous works painted the ceiling and on the west wall of the chapel leave viewers speechless. Together they can be viewed with other frescoes, the work of major artists such as Botticelli and Pinturicchio. Six centuries after their completion, the paintings still dominate the Chapel where the conclave elects the Pope.

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2 Florence — 1 Night
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Relais Santa Croce

Florence - Italy

Hotel and restaurant in town. The former Ciofi Jacometti Palace in the heart of Florence, restored in a manner that faithfully respects its architecture and original frescoes, is home to the Relais Santa Croce. It is an ideal setting, both charming and intimate, just a stone’s throw from the city’s main attractions. The magnificent rooms and suites with views of the rooftops and Basilica combine period furniture with contemporary design, elegant details and a sumptuous finish. The attentive, impeccable service gives the impression of being welcomed into a private residence. The restaurant Guelfi e Ghibellini offers a seasonal menu that skilfully combines tradition and innovation. ... Learn moreless

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Relais & chateaux Enoteca Pinchiorri Restaurant, Florence

Relais & chateaux Enoteca Pinchiorri Restaurant, Florence

Enoteca Pinchiorri came about thanks to Giorgio’s passion for the world’s best wines. Its immediate success forced us, as it were, to add the food - which wasn’t planned - because our traditions represent a real union of these two pleasures! Situated inside a Renaissance palace, Enoteca is a comfortable space which emphasises simple and refined food, highly regarded by the most prominent critics. The aim is to match the dishes to the 100,000 or so judiciously chosen bottles which feature in a wine cellar so renowned that it has become a kind of museum. A treat for connoisseurs of exceptional wines!

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Admire Renaissance masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery

Admire Renaissance masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery

Created to accommodate the administration of the duchy of the Medici, the Palazzo degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery) houses the finest collection of Renaissance art in the world. More than 1,500 works are distributed among the 50 rooms open to the public. Visitors walk among the paintings of Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Giotto, Uccello, Titian, Caravaggio and Leonardo da Vinci. A once in a lifetime experience! 

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3 Venice — 1 Night
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Hôtel Londra Palace

Venezia - Italy

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

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Dive into modern and contemporary art, Venice

Dive into modern and contemporary art, Venice

Venice home to vast quantities of art. There is Titian, Tintoretto, Carpaccio, Veronese and Canaletto. Yet also Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Miro, Kandinsky and Picasso, all gathered in the magnificent Peggy Guggenheim collection in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. Finally, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami, all showcased in the Grassi Palace, a building now completely dedicated to contemporary art.

Attend an opera in Fenice, Venice

Attend an opera in Fenice, Venice

Unveiled in 1792, the Fenice opera house has become a not-to-be-missed experience under the baton of Claudio Monteverdi, the father of modern opera. The operas of Rossini and Bellini are acclaimed like no other! It was here where Rigoletto and La Traviata premiered, and Stravinsky and Prokofiev were composed specifically for this theater. After falling to terrible fires in 1836 and 1996, the Fenice rose again from the ashes in 2003 to further bear its name. 

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4 Milano — 1 Night
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Château Monfort

Milano - Italy

Hotel and restaurant in town. In the heart of Milan, discover the splendour of a very unique hotel housed in an Art Nouveau building from the early 20th century. Hotel Château Monfort is inspired by the world of fairy tales and the opera. It is an enchanting place where dream and reality blend together, which is reflected in the retro-chic style that permeates this "Urban Château". The pastel colours that adorn the walls of the guest rooms are enhanced by floral patterns and butterflies. Inside the hotel, you will be captivated by its romantic and refined atmosphere, which extends to our exceptional Rubacuori restaurant, our Mezzanotte lounge bar and our "Amore & Psiche" SPA. ... Learn moreless

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Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia

Milano - Italy

Restaurant in town. Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia was opened more than 50 years ago by Aimo and Nadia, partners in life and work, and is famous for both its cuisine and for its setting, an artistic and architectural project with Paolo Ferrari, in which performances combine culinary art, theatre and fine art. Their daughter Stefania is now at the helm of Il Luogo, alongside the Chefs Fabio Pisani and Alessandro Negrini, who produce a creative cuisine: their style reveals unsuspected flavours. Their dishes are the fruit of both traditional and contemporary techniques, and give perfect expression to the complex culinary heritage bequeathed by the culture and nature of Italy. ... Learn moreless

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Shopping in the fashion Quadrilatero, Milan

Shopping in the fashion Quadrilatero, Milan

There is the "Golden Triangle" near the Champs-Elysees in Paris… and the "Golden Square" in Milan! The epicenter of the capital of fashion and design, the area concentrates more than 500 shops entirely dedicated to luxury. Paved streets, sidewalks covered with red carpet and elegant storefronts are concentrated in the old neighborhood where Napoleon...paid his loans. Today, it is a paradise for fashion designers and fashionistas alike. 

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