Italy

Palácio Belmonte Hotel Dining

Heritage is ‘home’ at the luxury Palácio Belmonte Hotel

An unassuming, anonymous and heavy-set red door separates a quaint cobbled courtyard, from an intimately historic foyer, embracing an almost monastic-like silence. As the door closes behind you, Lisbon’s bright morning sunshine is replaced by softer tones; the sensory contrast is immediate and welcome. This is one of many such contrasts that guests of the exquisite ‘Palácio Belmonte’ will experience during their stay.

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Parma - The Food Valley Of Italy

Parma - The Food Valley Of Italy

Parma, a central city to the valley, is only an hour from either Bologna or Milan airport and is still a hidden joy for most Brits. Yes it gets very hot in August and very cool in January but the other ten months are divine and it’s never crowded so there are none of the queues you can get elsewhere in Italy and mercifully no sign of any selfie-sticks.

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At The ‘Champions League’ Of Communicators In Milan

At The ‘Champions League’ Of Communicators In Milan

Back in late 2018 when I took a plane to Italy’s fashion capital, Milan, little did I realise that an event I attended among a host of top listed on the Borsa Italiana and some unquoted companies would prove key to a story I penned on an advertising debacle that one major Italian fashion house had unwittingly caused in China.

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Step Into The Kaleidoscopic World of Grand Hotel Dino

Step Into The Kaleidoscopic World of Grand Hotel Dino

As a little girl, with an imagination larger than my wildly untamed hair (my hairbrush refusal was my mother’s morning battle), I often wondered what it would be like to skip right into a kaleidoscope. An imagined sugar-rush, spinning-tea-cup-ride surge of delight as every kind of colour and shape danced their flamboyant, unrehearsed, flamenco routine.

A Splendid Hotel on Idyllic Lake Maggiore

A Splendid Hotel on Idyllic Lake Maggiore

I’ve been to enough weddings to know that rain on your wedding day doesn’t necessarily a happy bride make. But ask a superstitious Italian, and instead of cursing the rain clouds, you’ll embrace the special day downpour – your soaking instead believed to be a symbol of fertility and cleansing, luck and love drenching you from the skies.

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Tuscany & Umbria Are The Heart Of The Countryside In The Heart Of Italy

Tuscany & Umbria Are The Heart Of The Countryside In The Heart Of Italy

It’s true that other regions in Italy are lusher, have taller mountains, more fertile valleys and a more temperate climate. But in Tuscany and Umbria the serenity and joy of their rolling landscapes, their winding lanes and their cypresses pointing in silhouette to the heavens are harder to challenge.

Love Style-Love Italy-Love Lake Garda

Love Style-Love Italy-Love Lake Garda

Few places offer as much to do and see, all year round, as the largest and most charming of Italy's lakes: Lake Garda.
And the place to see it at its very best is its east coast, in the Veneto region. Whether in search of family fun, activity breaks, romantic evenings, culture, relaxation or simply the peace and tranquillity of nature, this area covers it all. And, of course, there's always Italy's world-renowned wine and food to savour.

Villa Eden Gardone Lake Garda

Villa Eden Gardone Lake Garda

Lake Garda is the most prestigious of the Italian lakes where discerning Italians holiday or own holiday homes. Wealthy Italians pick their holiday destination with great care and Lake Garda is the most renowned for good reason. It is home to some of the most beautiful historic houses in Italy, many overlooking the lake. Indeed there is one stunning Palazzo, still entirely family owned, on a little island in the middle, on the southern side of the lake which really is a must see.

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The Amalfi Coast: Where To Stay

The Amalfi Coast: Where To Stay

As summer gives way to autumn many people put holiday plans on hold. Christmas feels like a long way off, but given the modern world’s ant hill-like busyness we all know it will be upon us before we know it. Nevertheless, this is a great time of year to get away and catch some last rays of sun before the darkness of winter takes hold of Britain.

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