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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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
Chef Anthony Genovese travelled to England, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. Now, with Il Pagliaccio (The Clown) in the heart of Renaissance Rome, he returns to his roots. His Italian cuisine is cutting-edge, complex, technically demanding and inspired above all by his personal tastes and choice of ingredients...Read More less
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...Read More less
At the foot of the Spanish steps leading to the Trinità dei Monti, you can find the house where the famous romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821) resided during his final months of life. A major figure among romantic poets, the author of Ode on Melancholy died of tuberculosis at the age 25 just a few steps...Read More less
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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
Chef Annie Féolde, also known as The Diva of Cuisine, was the first woman Chef to earn 3 stars in Italy and the fourth one in the world. She serves innovative cuisine created from all top-quality Italian ingredients. The fine wines selected by sommelier Giorgio Pinchiorri, her companion for forty years,...Read More less
A stroll along the Arno early in the morning provides you with the opportunity to see members of the prestigious Societa Canottiera Firenze rowing their boats up the river. You’ll also get to see the city awaken on both sides of the Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge in the city that survived German bombardment...Read More less
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,...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on the lagoon. This historic hotel prides itself on having received such artists and celebrities as Tchaikovsky, D’Annunzio, Verne, Brodsky and Borges. Since 1853, they and others have been captivated by Londra Palace and its dream location — Piazza San Marco is a stone’s throw away, as are the vaporetti and gondolas for exploring the canals. One hundred windows look out over the San Marco basin and the lagoon, with the views over the roofs and church towers from the other side of the building being no less beautiful. Inside, fine furniture, tapestries and brocades adorn the elegantly decorated rooms; and the restaurant adds a creative touch to the great classics of Venetian cuisine. ... Learn moreless
Ristorante Quadri enjoys a sublime view over Piazza San Marco. Created in 1831 above a cafe, itself historically renowned, this now Michelin-starred restaurant was taken over in 2010 by the Alajmo family, fine restaurateurs in the Veneto Region for three generations. The dining room, recently renovated...Read More less
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...Read More less
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...Read More less
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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
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...Read More less
The Duomo, Milan’s majestic cathedral, stands in the center of the city. Built in the 14th century to accommodate all the inhabitants of the city (about 40,000 at that time), it offers amazing views of Milan’s entire skyline from its terraces. You’ll be able to see the dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele...Read More less
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...Read More less
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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.