In May takes place one of the most important events for sport lovers, the Giro d’Italia, a multiple stage bicycle race came to 96th edition, not only a competition but rather a meeting in 21 stages which passes through Italy and is a pretext for us to suggest you a route in 3 stopovers for a unique holiday.
Let’s start from the South: get ready for an itinerary full of emotions and venues to discover step by step; allow yourselves some days to take advantage of the springtime and join the best activities for tourists.
Naples, walking through beauty
In addition to the Giro d’Italia, which comes back in Naples after 17 years, the month of May is dedicated to the monuments situated in each district: the Museo di Capodimonte, surrounded by the greenery, will host on 26th May live concerts and street artist performances at the courtyard of the Palace.
The autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige in Northern Italy is rich of touristic proposals, so we chose three involving activities for travellers who are looking for unique experiences at astounding locations.Â The South Tyrol, also known as Alto Adige, is a vast mountainous area which boasts very peculiar traditions, thanks to the combination of three different cultures: Italian, German and Ladin (this one widespread here and in Veneto).
Discover why this region is so charming and which are the ideal destinations for a stay features wellness, refinement and authentic beauty.
Top Wellness in the heart of Dolomites
Tourists who desire an holiday in the sign of amazing landscapes, clear sky and regenerating itineraries, must visit Alto Adige. Here the farmers pass on their secrets, and the special treatments are related to the natural products of the land to guarantee the quality of wellness services.
Do you know the hay baths? The hay from the mountains is the only one which features healing herbs and precious flowers which give great benefit to the skin. The hay from finest Alpine pastures is a peculiarity of this area and the hay bath, with a temperature of 40-50Â° improves your immune system and give a fulfilling sensation of relaxing.Â The Merano Thermal Baths offer this treatment, in addition to beauty packages, aromatic oil massages with South Tyrolean essences, the sauna, a wide range of options for every kind of need.
A new destination for the next weeks, full of emotional turistic experiences far from the usual routes, this is Friuli Venezia Giulia, a region which shows a great care for tourism and its nature trails, offering many activities to travellers who like the first class quality.
We pick three special experiences to entice you to visit Friuli, discover what to do during your holiday in a charming location, rich of flavors and colors.
The Road of Castles in Friuli hills
Thanks to the melting pot of people, happened thorugh the centuries, Friuli can be proud of an enogastronomical tradition that combines Mitteleuropean, Mediterranean and Slavic influences, so you can find fish based menus, smoked cheeses, renowned hams like the San Daniele or the rare Sauris and CormĂ˛ns hams, and the wines pruduced in 8 different DOC zones.
This region has many Medieval castles, available for visits by guided tours. We suggest Villalta di Fagagna, in province of Udine, where rises an enchanting castle with beautiful halls and a blooming garden; you’ll travel into the past by walking inside this fortress.
It’s one of the best preserved castles in Friuli, but if you love this kind of venues you can follow the Road of Castles, a route which winds from Colloredo to Osoppo with many stages; choose your stops according to your free time and the vehicle you prefer (car or bike, to enjoy the landscape).
We selected the most renowned companies at Cashmere Valley, the district specialized in knitwear located in Umbria, where this precious textile fiber reaches the top quality.Â The green region in the heart of Italy became the favorite destination for relax (thanks to the climate, the landscape and the Spa in Umbria) and shopping both, because some classic brands reinvented themselves offering unique garments.
Before to know the addresses for your luxury shopping, is useful to know more about the great tradition of cashmere in Umbria.
Fashion and cashmere, handicraft is chic
If many tourist visit Perugia to buy homemade cashmere sweaters is thanks to chocolate, or to be more precise, the Baci Perugina.
This kind of chocolate, created at the begininng of XX century by Luisa Spagnoli, had a great success and then, during the ’20s, the businesswoman started to breed rabbit angora and used for the first time the angora yarn for knitwear.
April starts in the sign of luxury and DOC products, these are a distinctive feature of Italy, a sought-after destinations for travellers who like shopping and authentic experiences as cultural itineraries, tastings and special events.Â We take the cue from two famous events to suggest you where to go on holiday during spring.
Design Week, stylish Milan
If you are going to Milan, from 9th to 14th April you’ll be overwhelmed by many unique events at Fuorisalone (a collateral festival of Salone del Mobile, where are shown the last trends of interior design and furnishings), 7 days with a lot of stylists, photographers, designers, videomakers, involved in a charming whirlwind.
This is one of the most authentic faces of Milan: the city where every details counts, to offer a pleasant picture, under architectural and social side, also during a difficult period.Â People who like the unusual but exact matches, Brera is the ideal district, where craftsmen boutiques and art galleries live together, and where you can find the most famous brand stores and the local shops too.
Easter festivities in 2013 will be on sunday 31st March and monday 1st April, just at the begin of spring, so you have a few days to decide where to go for the weekend and discover something new about our country.Â Let’s go to see the unique Italian heritage in 2 suitabel stages for this season, in fact we will go to the South, where some touristic venues are full of surprises for demanding travellers.
If you want to avoid accidents for bad weather, Sicily is a great choice in this period: there isn’t crowding, the climate is mild and you can visit the art cities and the locations where the ancient myths are blended with the pleasure of luxury shopping.Â We suggest you a stay in Palermo, the chieftown of the region, for an exciting holiday in a resort with Spa in Sicily, a daydream for many tourists, expecially foreigners.
Thanks to the uniqueness of its venues, it was submitted to UNESCO the inscription for World Heritage Site of the Arab-Norman itinerary of Palermo and the cathedral churches of CefalĂą and Monreale, which are a symbol of Sicilian identity since XI century.Â This island, in fact, had many dominations: the Arab rule was very important during the IX century and some traces remain also in the name of the streets and districts (Palermo was the city of 300 mosques).
Later the Norman came and conquered the city with the guidance of Ruggero d’Altavilla: a unique evidence of the Arab-Norman style is the Ponte dell’Ammiraglio, whic is visible from Corso dei Mille.Â Another must-see is the Palatine Chapel, a royal chapel consecrated in 1140 and located at the ground floor of Palazzo dei Normanni, the most ancient royal residence in Europe.
Go on holiday now in Italy, at a destination next to a lake is a nice idea, above all if your desire is to relax yourselves and do some excursions.Â The suggested location is Lake Garda, the largest in Italy, a panoramic viewpoint (the name Garda means â€śviewpointâ€ť) on the excellences of the three regions which border with the lake: Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige.
Every year millions of travellers choose this lake, in fact the area is full of hotels, thermal baths and breathtaking landscapes, so we give you some advices if you’re thinking about a luxury stay close to Lake Garda.
The road of wines â€“ enogastronomy on Garda
The Garda DOC wines area is very big, so this is only an invite to taste the unique products of this land. Starting from Lonato you can go towards Valtenesi hills, in province of Brescia, where there are many archeological finds, even a dugout which is hosted by Museum of Gavardo.
The most precious wine is produced in the Verona province, the land of Bardolino, a red wine with a delicate perfume and an harmonic flavor. You can get along it with seasoned cheeses; the ancient Romans already knew the wine of Garda and they called it Retico.Â One of the gastronomical excellences of the lake is fish, in particular trout, a very tasty food, and carp, which has a really strong flavor.
A nice month is started and for the Capital of Italy a lot of foreigner travellers are expected, because of the extraordinary event: the election of the Pope. The Conclave will gather within 15 days, so soon we will know the name of the next Pope, a good reason to book now a stay in Rome at a luxury hotel.Â If you want to know waht to do during this period in the Eternal City follow our tips about events, exhibitions and the coolest venues for demanding tourists.
Rome on the move
Who likes sports and desires to join something special, this is the month of Rome Marathon, scheduled on Sunday 17th March and came at XIX edition. The complete route includes the entire historical center with departure and finish line at Via di Fori Imperiali; is the main national sports event and every year attracts spectators from all around the world.
Support the top runners and see the center of Rome from another perspective is a stunning chance for a tourist; who wants to celebrate the Marathon can go to Lian & Teatro Centrale Carlsberg at Largo Torre Argentina from 6:30 pm and join the after party.
Are you on the road to Italy to discover luxury destinations? Probably you are thinking about the best specialties and the enchanting venues where to spend pleasant days.Â In this article we suggest you a selection of restaurants and clubs where to have brunch, a new trend in Italy.
The word brunch means â€śbreakfast + lunchâ€ť and was born in USA, where is eaten in the late morning (between 10:00 am and 12:00 am) and involves breakfast foods and other kinds of meals.Â In Italy the brunch is mixed with the typical dishes and often is offered by restaurants in a different time of day (also until 3:00 pm), with serve-yourelf buffets and a wide range of classic menus and creative choices by the chefs.
Follow our recommendations about the best brunches!
High quality brunch in Milan at the top of a skyscraper
The warm colors of furnishings will welcome you here, to let you admire the skyline of the city from the 20th floor. Every sunday you can try a different brunch, conceived by the chef Fabio Baldassarre. From 12:00 am to 4:00 pm you can choose exclusive menus like the Carnival menu (on 10th February), the citrus menu (on 3rd March) or dishes based on Norcia truffles (on 10th March), only to mention a few.
A chance to discover the top Italian gastronomy, ina breathtaking venue that we suggest you for suprize your partner or to spend a sunday on the top of a city always up with the times.
Who needs an amazing journey and an unusual destination should go to Marche: this region, in fact, is less known comapred with others Italian locations but sets aside a lot of choices for luxury holidays, so let have a look at the towns to visit and the most involving activities to do during an itinerary of the Marches.
Urbino, an excellence of Renaissance
Begin a travel through Marche from Urbino is a good idea because is one of the most enchanting art cities in Italy and is very peculiar in regards to urban and architectural style. Its historical center was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site thanks to its harmony with the surrounding landscape (which features hills and mountains, in fact rises at 451 meters above the level sea), and because during the Renaissance age drew many artists and humanists, becoming a landmark for who loves preciousness and charm.