The Gritti Palace

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Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is steeped in history, from tales of Casanova to the debauched goings-on of Pope Alexander VI. With no roads, just canals, including the Grand Canal thoroughfare, the 18 small islands of Venice are lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces that give this city its distinct character. However,... Read more »

Sestriere

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FACTS SEASON START & END: Mid December to Mid April SKI ALTITUDE:  1172-2002m / Vertical Drop- 830m in one resort PISTES: 55% Beginner / 34% Intermediate / 11% Expert LIFTS:  48 SLOPES: 66 Pistes for a total of 120KM CROSS-COUNTRY: 12 KM of cross-country ski trails SNOW: 385 Snow cannons covering 120 Hectares LIFT TICKET... Read more »

Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel Venice

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In the labyrinthine pathways close to the border between the areas of San Polo and Santa Croce, there isn’t any room to build new properties but the area is brimming with medieval palazzos behind shuttered windows. Palazzo Venart is one such building, a mere totter away from the vaporettos in front of the church of... Read more »

Hotel Corona D’Oro 1890

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Antipasto In preparing an appetiser to Bologna , the challenge is to be selective. This Italian city is a feast of experiences, known for its food, art and music. The eclectic mix of architectural heritage is one of the first things a visitor notices upon arrival into the historic centre, which has been inhabited –... Read more »

Delphina Hotels

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North Sardinia was once fought over by the Byzantines, the Phoenicians, the Spanish, the East Germans, the Carthaginians and a myriad of varying Roman tribes. Now, it is firmly a part of Italy and those who visit this most sought after and previously fought after habitat come to a supple oasis. Fresh green lavishes the... Read more »

St. Hubertus Resort

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The road from down in the Saint-Vincent down in the valley at 575 metres all the way up to the alpine town of Cervinia at 2006 metres was quite a spectacular accent which took us about 40 minutes to drive. The climb was a feast for the eyes, however poor Cheeky did have to keep... Read more »

Cortina d’Ampezzo

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THE FACTS SEASON START & END: Early December – mid April ALTITUDE: 1224m-2990m / Vertical Drop- 1766m PISTES: 50% Beginner / 35% Intermediate / 15% Expert LIFTS: 34 (cable-5 / chair lifts-26 / drag lifts- 3) SLOPES: 66 Pistes for a total of 115KM SNOW: Guaranteed snowcover 95% due to snow machines WEATHER: Average of... Read more »

Restaurant & Lounge Cadorin

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Located in the ornate Boscolo Palace Roma - a luxury hotel situated in Via Veneto, Rome’s most elegant and fashionable street and the centerpiece of the Dolce Vita - is Restaurant & Lounge Cadorin. This space offers great local dishes accompanied by the best jazz music in a unique location. Adorned with frescoes by Cadorin... Read more »