Discovering Conversano, a Town of Art and Culture in Puglia, Italy

Conversano, formerly the ancient Cupersanum, was inhabited as early as the Iron Age, the last of the epoch of the protohistory of humanity after the Stone Age and Bronze Age, when the Peucetians founded Norba. Later on, in the 6th century, it flourished into a trading town with strong influence from the neighboring Greek colonies.…

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Il Podere di Marfisa of Tuscia in 3 Angles: Wellness Hotel, Restaurant and Wine

You tend not to count the minutes when you travel in the countryside between Rome and Viterbo for two hours. Like in all parts of Italy, the panorama is pulchritudinous, especially when you pass by Lake Bolsena. Olive orchards, vineyards and in summer, fields of colorful wildflowers.It’s an enthralling view that reaches its finest when…

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Le Méridien Visconti Hotel of Rome Opens For Summer Dining

Rome is finally in full splendor with the Mediterranean summer days ahead. The month of May may have been atypically cold, wet and gray but as the first of June stepped in, the sun finally came out with the blue skies and warm temperature. Le Méridien Visconti Hotel proposes summer dining on its ground floor…

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Adelaide Restaurant at Hotel Vilòn in Rome, Italy: What Luxury Means

Walking inside a discrete door of Hotel Vilòn along a quiet cobblestone alley in the heart of Rome, a different kind of luxury greets you. Hotel Vilòn is a charming 5-star luxury hotel which is a member of the Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Director Giorgia Tozzi makes sure that the emotion in staying…

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Palazzo Montemartini Radisson Collection Hotel’s Welcome to the Exceptional

On the 24th of January 2019, an illuminated dramatic red carpet reception coupled with magnificent works of light and sounds on the building’s facade welcomed the guests at the entrance of Palazzo Montemartini in Rome. Themed “Welcome to the Exceptional”, such a spectacle paralleled the monumental event as Palazzo Montemartini joins the Radisson Collection Hotel,…

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Itinerant Tasting of Sensi Wines at The Pantheon Iconic Hotel in Rome, Italy

The tastings of wines don’t have to confine us in brightly-lit rooms with white walls while attending to quarter-filled glasses and scribbling of analyses in notebooks. Wine tasting is about relishing the precious alcoholic drink that has evolved from fruit to juice to wine, given by nature and perfected by the hands and minds of…

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The Resplendent 125 Years of Hotel Hassler Hospitality in Rome, Italy

Hotel Hassler, an icon of the capital for its luxuriant hospitality for more than a century, stands proud just a few meters from the Church of the Trinità dei Monti on top of the Spanish Steps. It has recently renovated and it still maintains its high standard of quality and affluence in perfect balance with…

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Luxury Hotel in the Roero Hills: Castello di Guarene in Piedmont, Italy

What a wealthy nobleman built in the eighteenth century from an existing Medieval castle for seven centuries still stands with its original splendor on top of the hills of Roero while it dominates the town of Guarene. The castle went through a redesigning and rebuilding by Count Carlo Giacinto Roero di Guarene who was an…

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Castello di Meleto in Gaiole in Chianti (Tuscany), Italy

  Castello di Meleto is an 11th-century castle that belonged to the Benedictine monks of the Badia di Coltibuono in the splendid countryside of Tuscany. It is immersed in the soft hills of Gaiole in Chianti between Florence and Siena. Over the centuries the castle has changed identity and ownership from a military post to…

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Empire Palace Hotel in Rome, Italy: Cocktails in Summer

A glass of red watermelon juice, cubes of ice, a dash of vodka, a sprinkle of Sprite, a spritz of lime and for a festive touch, a skewer of watermelon balls. That’s how summer starts in the courtyard of Empire Palace Hotel. Bartender Momo of the Corte delle Stelle of Empire Palace Hotel concocted this…

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Art Street Food: Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps, located at Via Margutta is an artistically-inspired 4-star hotel in one of the best streets in Rome where history, art, high fashion and gourmet food are at your fingertips. Located in a quiet inner cobblestone road between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, this hotel has a perfect…

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Palazzo Montemartini in Rome, Italy: Dinner With the Chefs of Ragosta Hotels Collection

A particularly special dinner was dedicated to the new 2018 menus of the four Ragosta Hotels Collection last March 2018 at Palazzo Montemartini in Rome, Italy. Ragosta Hotels Collection is a group of four 5-star hotels in Rome, Amalfi Coast and Taormina. The locations of the four hotels are in some of Italy’s most beautiful…

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Colli di Poianis Winery in Prepotto (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Italy

In Italy, landscapes can mesmerize anyone passing through the boot-shaped country from north until the southern tip. Different regions have different charming sceneries. Driving through the less trodden roads of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, you are rewarded with a  scenic view of the countryside and as you reach the DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli area…

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Castello di Granarola Hotel in Gradara (Marche), Italy

Old castles have unique characters and stories that breathe from its walls and grounds. From north to south, Italy is dotted with them and from town to town, the sizes depend on the wealth of the town and settlers in the ancient times. The important ones have been converted to museums and hold the ancient…

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Ristorante All’Oro in The H’All Tailor Suite in Rome, Italy

Parked just a block away, I walked along Via Pisanelli, a quiet residential road in Rome. My eyes riveted towards a light yellow building standing aristocratically amidst the other structures in the area. I quickly scanned the number outside for confirmation. I knew I was at the right place. It says 25 and on the…

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