Italy

  • 21 The (very stylish) art of travel
    Starting in London with a private viewing at the National Gallery, Venice, Paris and Bath are the destinations for these unique journeys in classic trains, each in the company of an expert guide. With...

  • 22 Capri: a luxury resort since Roman times
    Back in classical times, the Emperor Augustus described it as the island of dolce far niente – the expression that captures so well the Italian understanding of 'the sweetness of doing nothing';...

  • 23 Sardinian chic on the Costa Smeralda
    The transformation of this wild, practically uninhabited, stretch of Sardinia's northeastern littoral began back in the Sixties, when it was 'discovered' by the Aga Khan. Together with a group of wealthy...

  • 24 An invitation to the Palazzo Farnese
    In the exhibition The Palazzo Farnese: From the Renaissance collections to the French Embassy, a total of 150 works – including paintings, sculptures, drawings, coins and ceramics – tell the...

  • 25 The masked magic of Venice Carnival
    The European city that we all associate with carnival has to be Venice, where the festival is brought to life with a spirit unique to this romantic city with its watery filigree of canals. And it's not...

  • 26 Carnival around the world
    There's no doubt the Venice carnival is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Whether you're actually lucky enough to wear one of the vintage costumes and enigmatic masks of what is one of the most traditional of...

  • 27 Venice by moonlight
    The mixture and justaposition of medieval and renaissance, religion and trade, dandyism and populism that make Venice what it is must be seen to be believed. And there's no better way to experience the...

  • 28 The most romantic destinations for lovers

    It's that time of year again, when Valentine's Day looms and love is on everyone's lips. Maybe you think February 14th is just another date on the calendar, but there are plenty who will be using it as...

  • 29 Ski resorts with star quality
    Not all adventure films have a ski chase, but if there's going to be one, who would do it better than James Bond? In 1999, director Michael Apted chose Chamonix in the French Alps as the location for...

  • 30 Tuscany: countryside and culture
    A couple of weeks just doesn't do justice to the ten provinces that make up this region half way between central and northern Italy. But it doesn't really matter. In places like Tuscany, it's best to accept...

  • 31 Naples, the birthplace of pizza
    Even officials in Brussels are fans of the Neapolitan speciality: it's just over a year since the European Union awarded the dish the status of 'Traditional Speciality Guaranteed'. But, despite it being...

  • 32 Scooting around Rome
    You'll probably be slightly stunned at first by the sheer volume of traffic, but once you've got the hang of it, there you'll be, like Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, weaving through the streets of the...

  • 33 Mount Etna: Sicily's sleeping giant
    The thousands of Sicilians who live in villages on the foothills of the volcano are constantly alert to Etna's moods and, from time to time, his grumblings shake heaven and earth as if to remind us all...

  • 34 The landscapes, dreams and desires of Dali, at the Royal Palace, Milan
    Dali is back in Milan and he's there in his rightful place as the grand master of Surrealism. Over 50 of his works have been collected in the Palace of the Lombard capital under the title Il sogno si avvicina...

  • 35 Nhow, Milan, where modern design meets professional hospitality
    Carefully spanning the distance between tradition and modernity, the latest trends and counter-trends, high fashion and underground style, minimalism and state-of-the-art technology, the Nhow hotel in...

  • 36 Sunsets over the Med: views to remember
    There may be no better spot on all the Mediterranean coast to watch the sun set than Cabo Sunion, a  vantage point which, from the dawn of history, has offered a view of the boats sailing towards...

  • 37 A summer night at the Verona opera
    Don't miss this unique opportunity: the chance to enjoy world-class opera with international stars in the magnificent setting of the Roman amphitheatre of Verona. The 88th edition of the city's Arena di...

  • 38 Siena: charm and passion
    In fact there are two separate races held each year – the original Palio de Provenzano, on July 2nd, and the slightly more recent Palio dell'Assunta, on August16th. Their roots in the Middle Ages,...

  • 39 Le Meridien Turin Art+Tech: 5-star style at the Fiat factory
    The hotel is located in the former Fiat car plant, an avant-garde building dating from the early twentieth century. The Lingotto building has been refurbished and now houses a leisure and commercial centre,...

  • 40 A pool with a view
    Intercontinental Hong Kong , Hong Kong (China) By day, this pool, set on the roof of one of the buildings that comprise the hotel, offers astounding views of the Hong Kong city skyline. By night, the...



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