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 a…

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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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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, 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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Porta Caeli (Vinero) Winery, Hotel and Spa in Thrace, Turkey

Staying at a hotel as the first group of guests while it was still closed to the public has a surreal effect. Porta Caeli was at its opening phase when our press group was welcomed to indulge in all the facilities the hotel has to offer, including tasting the wines that were aging and the…

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Adoral Boutique Hotel in Rabac, Croatia

The beach calls when summer hits the calendar for most of us. Some hit the mountains, some run to the beach. I know we are still dealing with snow and the cold weather but soon, before we even realize it, it’s time to search for summer destinations. It’s always best to be prepared ahead to…

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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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Niki’s Resort in Gubbio (Umbria), Italy

After a lingering goodbye and a final long look at the spectacular view of the Umbrian hills and our hotel, I entered the car reluctantly with my kids and husband. It had been one of the best stays we had. My youngest daughter spoke out loud what was going on in our minds, Siamo stati…

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