The true connoisseurs know what we talking about: the gallery hotel category is dedicated just to people that want to spend their holidays in an original venue that has to be attractive as much as the selected destination. In other words, a city isn’t enough to define luxury and refinement: the hotel is crucial to enjoy a unique experience, not a short-stay place but a delicious ingredient for a successful recipe.
In Italy these art and design hotels are very popular, and you can choose them according to your taste and the amenities offered by the hotels.
Excellences of contemporary age at Byblos Art Hotel
Our trip starts from Veneto, next stop is Verona, at Byblos Art Hotel, prestigious brand that found at Villa AmistĂ its ideal set: the hypermodern design of Philippe Starck furnitures, suites that remind to art galleries, the surrounding park located in Valpolicella, to breathe beauty and relax.
Every moment of the year is suitable for a first class holiday, expecially in a region that is full of interesting venues, precious accommodation facilities and attractions spread all over the region.
We are talking about Apulia, a jewel of southern Italy, that we are used to connect with summer season, but is an ideal destination also in autumn. Our brief guide is panoramic view on momuments, events and natural landscapes that you cannot miss.
Apulia, land of castles and trulli
The first thing that we couple with Apulia are the trulli of Alberobello, located in Itria Valley, traditional dry stone hut from prehistorical age and listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The oldest date back to XVI century and are situated in the Murge area.
Our travel through UNESCO World Heritage Sites continues, Italy has many different sites and in particular the Imperial retreats of Roman Empire era, now open to public.Â These venues are also a boost to spend some days at accommodation facilities rich of history, like restored dwelling abodes, luxury relais and noble villas now furnished and well-equipped.
Visit Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este in Tivoli
Located in the center of Italy, the town of Tivoli keeps prestigious archaeological sites from Roman age and is a destination selected by worldwide tourists. The two main attractions are Hadrian’s Villa, built between 118 and 138 A.D. by Emperor Hadrian, and Villa d’Este, commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este during Renaissance.
Autumn is just begun but the wish of travel isn’t decreased. The sunny climate of these weeks, in fact, is an invite to plan last minute travels to Italy.Â We suggest you an itinerary through Lazio, a region full of vents and venues dip into nature, where to relax youselves and find your own balance.Â If this isn’t enough, you can also go to Rome, to be always updated about new trends and fashion styles that often start here.
Gourmet roads and sips of excellence
Who likes enogastronomy can go through the road of wines at Castelli Romani, an area next to Rome where is possible to visit churches, villas from Renaissance and wide stretch of grapevine. Here there are also many restaurants with typical menus, the ideal to taste the precious red wine, served with meat courses.
Towns like Frascati, renowned also for bread and biscuits, the Medieval Genzano and Velletri, quoted by Goethe in its â€śItalian Journeyâ€ť for its wonderful landscapes, give to travellers the great natural beauties of locations unaltered over time, but a few kilometers from a metropolis like Rome. For the detailed route, you can visit the website: www.stradadeivinideicastelliromani.it Continue
We are going to start an ideal travel among the Italian destinations with many cultural and historical attractions: we will suggest you a focus on a destination for your luxury holidays in the country that has the record of Wolrd Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO, Italy, that has 47 sites.
There aren’t any nations in the world with the same range of venues and a concentration, from North to South, of wonderful locations, result of the human genius or of the nature. On our blog we will suggest you periodically one of the sites from the UNESCO list and, for first, the best is an entire city.
Verona, home of the beauty
Verona was declared World Heritage Site because of its urban structure and architecture, and not for a particular monument; this city attracts every year almost 3 million of tourists, that visit it in every season. Furthermore, starting from here you can visit the rest of Veneto, region that has increased the number of tourists, above all foreigners.
Summer it’s time for travel, journeys and above all elegant and stylish stays at refined and unique hotels, furthermore there are people that choose their own destination according to the number of prestigious Vips in the area, to breathe the perfume of celebrity and go to beaches and clubs reserved for a few selected ones.
In Italy the islands are always sought-after, so is useful to be updated about new trends and confirmations of this season, among arrivals and departures.
The archipelago of Aeolian Islands, on the north of Sicily, includes 7 volcanic islands, each one with different singularities and listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites for the volcanic phenomena the makes this part of Italy really unique in the world.Â This year is the year of Filicudi, where we suggest the smallest art biennial in the world, that takes place at the home-museum of the swiss artist Jacques Basler, a special venue for the great passionate of contemporary art.
The charming ruines od the Neolithic village, on the promontory of Capo Graziano, that you cannot miss if you desire to know the prehistoric traces of an island where the beauty is breathtaking.Â After a dive into Tyrrhenian Sea, nothing is better than an elegant restaurant: Il Professore is owned by the famous artist Maurizio Cattelan and the gallery managers Sergio Casoli and Enrico Cerchione, here a fish-based dinner is ideal to end a day of total relax. Continue
One of the fields where Italy reached outstanding results is the goldsmithing, the art of working with gold and others precious metals, and together with jewellery is a great attraction for tourists that love to do luxury shopping . So we have a look now at the most interesting area for this kind of items, because is very charming to buy a jewel where is just created by professionals craftsmen that melt talent and experiences in precious metals.
The primacy of Valenza
About prestigious handicraft and national records, we have to begin from Valenza, in province of Alessandria, in the cosy Piedmont. Here, on 1843 Vincenzo Morosetti opened the first jewellery store and became famous also abroad, at the Paris Expo, when also Cartier was astonished by these original jewels. On 1873 his pupil, the goldsmith Vincenzo Melchiorre started the Melchiorre & C and in a few years became the leader of this field.
He was the first to conceive an high qualified production using Oriental precious stones and addressing that to a middle-class market, also following the fashion style.Â Many of his pupils started a business and Valenza became an important district for goldsmithing. Thanks to that revolutionary workshop, today the city is a landmark for people that want precious jewels. Continue
If start a travel for you is also a chance to find the best boutiques, doing shopping (compulsive or not) of souvenir and clothing, buy the fashion brands and visit stores as prestigious art galleries, Italy is a great choice.
Unique jewels in Capri
You’ll be spoilt for choice about destinations, so we begin from the evergreen Capri: here, in Anacapri, resides the concept store Mariorita: you will find the excellence label (Armani, Versace, Trussardi) and above all the items by the handicraft laboratory.Â The latest trend is the collection Capritouch, with the jewel sandals Jacqueline, a mix of art and elegance. Made in collaboration with Vhernier, are unique hand-wroughts items, with a leather sole and shoelace embellished with pink gold and precious stones that are a tribute to Jacky Kennedy Onassis, from which derives the name of the sandals. Continue
Italy is rich of any kind of locations, as you know. Besides the monuments, the wonderful landscapes and the artistic masterpieces, the castles from the Middle Age are very sought-after, because in each region of Italy they resisted to weatherbeaten and testify a relevant part of Italian history.
Many tourists desire to visit the best castles, the most opulent residences and the most cxharming villas: some of these today guest hotels and relais, but we suggest you the destinations to match for your own ideal holiday.Â The selected castles are only a part of the Italian offer, in other words a begin for a travel in following steps.
Castel del Monte
Is a fortress from XIII century, rises above an hill of west Murge, in Apulia, and is a venue that cannot miss in an itinerary between the most prestigious castles.Â Listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, Castel del Monte is open all year round and features an octagonal plan, a geometric figure that reminds to the passage between earth and sky, and all the castle is full of astrological symbols, in a awesome summary of art and science.
Now the castle hosts exhibitions and live concerts, a place one of its kind because built not for military purposes but, probably, as a temple of knowledge.Â Suggested for a travel among misteries and magic of the so-called â€śTacco d’Italiaâ€ť. For opening hours and other information, this is the official website: www.casteldelmonte.beniculturali.it Continue
How to express your own style at the best everywhere, also on holiday?Â Is a question that a lot of people are doing, because the care for dress, accessories and look cannot disappear when we begin a travel.
This is one of the reason because the job of personal shopper is so widespread, it’s an image consultant that helps the customer to realize what he desires: to be always recognizable, stylish and unique, far from standard.
This job is related to the passion for luxury and the most refined elegance, creating an essential resource for who wants to discover the most cool places where to go shopping and enrich his own style, enhancing his identity by the outfit. Continue