Beauty, Nature, Art one step from Florence in the green Tuscan countryside. A renaissance resort in a particularly beautiful setting facing a panoramic view of the Mugello valley and the Chianti Rufina area.
The Mugello area, in theTuscany region, is about 25 miles northeast of Florence. A travel destination for niche tourism, for those who have already visited Italy once and would like to experience our country from a different perspective.
We offer you a sensory journey based on the peace of nature, the discovery of the many qualities and uses of olive oil, truffle hunting, gourmet eating and Chianti Rufina wines. You will be able to relax under an olive tree and receive a massage by our expert beautician using the olive oil of the property and/or participate in an extra-virgin oil tasting course offered by the owner’s daughter, the agronomist of the property.
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We offer you a very special city-break in the little known art city Reggio Emilia in the north of Italy (Emilia Romagna region), a real treat if you are looking for a sophisticated approach to Italian art, food, and fashion away from crowds.
We suggest you spend a few nights in one of the most historic hotels in Italy, located in the heart of Reggio Emilia’s city center. Here is an ideal position to experience the atmosphere of a well preserved Italian town. Let yourselves be tempted by one of the many unique shops you will find here and, if you want to know more, we will be happy to book you a tour of a parmesan cheese dairy and/or vinegar factory, i.e. the two products this area of Italy is best known for in the world.
By the way, the hotel’s owners have been running the family vinegar factory (acetaia) for generations and will be proud to show you through their property and tell you why their dark brown, aromatic, aged balsamic vinegar has become so famous.
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We offer you accommodation in the renovated neo-Gothic country estate of king Carlo Alberto of Savoy combined with an outstanding food and wine experience in the northern Piedmont region:
This is the area of the towns of Alba and Bra, renowned in the world for the Barolo and Barbaresco wines produced at the Langhe and Roero wine estates. This is the food valley, one of the most important food and wine centers in Piedmont and Italy! It is not a coincidence that the association “Slow food” was founded in 1986 in Bra, by the Italian Carlo Petrini. Nowadays it has supporters in 150 countries and their philosophy is to join the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.
While in this area we will be able to organize visits for you to:
“Banca del Vino”, (bank of wines) located in the historic cellars of the Agenzia di Pollenzo. Ideal to discover the oenologic heritage of the best Italian wines and to taste wines from some of the most prestigious wineries.
“Castello Grinzane” (Grinzane Fortress), which was the residence of Cavour, one of Italy’s primary politicians in the nineteenths century … it’s here that the unification of Italy started! The castle houses the “Piedmontese regional enoteca”, a prestigious showcase for the very best Piedmontese wines and grappas, foremost amongst them the Barolo and Barbaresco.
“Wine Museum”, located in a castle in the town of Barolo, offers a broad history of wines produced around the world. “University of Gastronomic Sciences” founded in 2003 and supported by “Slow Food”. It may be possible to attend a food and wine course here in the future.
”Salone del Gusto” , the gourmet appointment for everyone around the world who cares about food. This fair takes place in Turin every other year in October. Together with its parallel event, Terra Madre, they offer perhaps the only place I the world where peasants and artisan producers, academics and chefs, wine connoisseurs and novice food lovers can meet and exchange their knowledge.
“Cheese” is the other food event that alternates with Salone del Gusto. It takes place in Bra every other year, in the month of September.
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Close to Rome and Florence, yet less known by the majority of visitors to Italy, is the unspoiled region of Umbria.
A stop here can offer you unbeatable art, nature and relaxation. We have chosen for you two locations: a hotel in Spoleto if you would like to be able to walk around the town and/or a country villa near Montefalco, surrounded by centuries-old trees and grounds that extend over an area of 40,000 square metres.
These are perfect locations to visit some of the magnificent medieval towns of the Umbria region such as Trevi, Spello, Gubbio, Assisi, Perugia, Norcia and Todi. In these places you will see some of the most famous fresco paintings in the world painted by such extraordinary artists such as Cimabue, Giotto, Benozzo Gozzoli, Filippo Lippi and many others. This is also an area full of religious pathos where such clerics as Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Benedict founded famous religious orders: the Franciscan and the Benedictine sects.
Beside art , Umbria boasts an unspoiled green countryside ideal for walks and views of spectacular waterfalls. We strongly suggest a visit to the beautiful Marmore Falls, classified by the EU as “destination of the European excellence”. These are the tallest man-made waterfalls created by the ancient Romans.
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Pietrasanta, nested in the hills of the Tuscan region of Versilia, is the ideal town for a 2-3 day stay if you are looking for a sophisticated experience in Italy.
Art enthusiasts have come here for years to walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo. Pietrasanta is at the foot of the famous Carrara marble quarries. Many sculptors from around the world will eventually visit this town and maybe spend part of the year here.
We have chosen for you a 4-star hotel housed in an ancient Palazzo with well preserved fresco ceilings. Here, a collection of contemporary art is on permanent display.
The town boasts an ancient cathedral, medieval buildings, a fortress built along the hill, and very contemporary “Last Judgment” frescoes painted by the Columbian artist Fernando Botero. Open-air exhibits attract many visitors from May throughout the summer.
The main square is the ideal place for an aperitif (happy hour), while the tiny roads are perfect for a stroll to enjoy looking in the many shop windows. Many well-known restaurants will be happy to host you as their guests.
Not far from Pietrasanta are famous art cities such as Pisa, Lucca and Florence. Forte dei Marmi is famous for designer shops and only a 15 minutes car drive, while the beach is 3 kms (1 and ½ miles) away.
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In the southwestern part of Sicily, near the Greek temples of Selinunte and the ancient quarries of “Cave di Cusa” , surrounded by vineyards that stretch to the beach on the crystalline sea at Menfi, we have chosen for you a new 4-star resort.
Here you can experience the relaxing pace of the life, the flavors, the traditions and Mediterranean epicurean delights. You will enjoy gourmet eating, wine tasting, cooking classes, and olive harvesting, all which are offered at the resort.
Room amenities: heating and air conditioning, minibar, laundry, daily cleaning, Wi-Fi, LCD satellite TV, telephone, iPod dock speakers, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, hair dryer, beach and swimming pool.
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The northern city of Genoa (Genova), in the Liguria region, is not a city known to the majority of visitors to Italy and maybe not even to Italians.
Yet, in the eleventh and twelfth century it was one of the four leading “Maritime Republics” of the Italian peninsula, in 1451 Christopher Columbus was born here, and in the Renaissance period it enjoyed incredible prosperity prompting important artists such as Anton Van Dyck to move here.
Spending time in the city center is the best way to experience the many historic art buildings. There is quite a list of things to see and do here: (Doge’s Palace, just like in Venice!), the tiny “carrugi” alleys, the food tradition (world-known “pesto” sauce made of Basil, “pinoli” pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic), the sea port ambience (the most important harbor in Italy) with its aquarium, ships, yachts, BIGO the metallic crane offering quite a view over the city built by Italian contemporary architect Renzo Piano and/or the opportunity to attend an opera performance at the “Carlo Felice” theater.
For you, we have chosen for you a five-star historic hotel characterized by unique furnishing elements of the architectural tradition of the Liguria region, which utilizes sea and sunset colors. Each room is embellished by many authentic period pieces of old transatlantic liners. Mediterranean classic atmosphere and refined menus of Ligury tradition can be enjoyed at the hotel’s restaurant.
Day excursions can easily be organized from Genova to Portofino, the Cinque Terre, Forte dei Marmi (chic town in Tuscany) and Pisa ( world-famous leaning tower).
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No matter what the season, Verona is always worth a visit! This is the city where William Shakespeare chose to set the love story of star-crossed teenage lovers Romeo and Juliet.
It is a city full of romance and ancient art, including the famous Arena where the world-known opera festival takes place every summer.
For you, we have chosen the romantic atmosphere of a 5-star hotel in the historic center of Verona near the church of Sant’Anastasia. This is a stone’s through from Juliet’s famous balcony, piazza Bra’, and the Arena. Here you will also be able to enjoy exclusive and intimate candlelight gourmet dinners.
Depending on your preferences, you can decide to explore the city on your own and just relax, or we can suggest a walking tour accompanied by a professional guide. As well, if you are interested, we offer an excursion to the beautiful Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, situated at the foot of the Alps.
From mid June to the end of August the open-air Opera Festival takes place at the Arena. We will be happy to purchase and reserve for you, in advance, tickets for the best seats.
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