Lovers of nature, slow food movement, and wine.
Watching the sun rise over Mount Edna over a hot coffee. Getting lost in the magical Sicilian gardens. Warm and unpretentious luxury.
Anytime. Summer for the warmest months.
Monaci Delle Terre Nere is a charming boutique hotel at the foothills of Mount Edna, the biggest active volcano of Europe. Surrounded by tranquil Sicilian countryside, with the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. The hideaway has been converted from a 19th century monastery and vineyard. There are 20 individually designed rooms, throughout the property, combining traditional wooden and stone architecture and modern design, with of the walls are made from actual lava rock and the reception converted from an old grape pressing factory. Monaci is focussed on sustainability and organic produce and is one of only three certified Eco-Bio places in Sicily.
Wander through the orchards, sleep under the olive trees, or visit the organic farm. Relax by a personal fireplace on the cooler nights, or take a dip in the infinity pool during the hot days.
Monaci Delle Terre Nere is a perfect starting point to explore the Mount Etna area, the beaches of Taormina, the fish markets of Catania, or the Ionian seaside villages. Discover the nature trails of the estate or take an astronomy lesson and see the beauty of the night sky. Free bikes are available for guests.
Bread and pastries made at Monaci's bakery. Wine from Monaci's vineyards. Take the Chef's Secret cooking class and learn to make homemade Sicilian pasta and gnocchi.
Fly into the Catania Airport and rent a car for scenic 30 minute drive.
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Lovers of history and romance. Couples looking for the perfect Tuscan wedding location.
Castle living. Rococo elegance. Fruit plate and a bottle of wine with a welcome note on arrival. Lemon scent in the air.
May to October.
Relais La Suvera is a luxury historic hotel situated within the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy.
Each one of the 36 rooms and suites is different, combining antique charm with modern amenities. Stay in The Papal Villa, dedicated to the owners' historical families, perfect for celebrating a special occasion. The Farmhouse and the Stables building, come complete with private balconies and garden views.
Take a walk around the vast grounds. Fall asleep surrounded by lemon trees. Relax in the medieval spa. If you are interested in having a Tuscan wedding - Relais La Suvera is the spot.
Tuscany is a destination in itself - immerse yourself in the colours of the rolling hills, the olive trees, and the scent of lemons, flowers and herbs. Take a bike tour to the wineries and vineyards of Chianti or Montepulciano. Go horseback riding through unspoiled hills. Take a hot air balloon ride over the Chianti landscape. Do Italian cooking classes or a photography workshop. Enjoy open air opera in San Gimignano, if you visiting in August.
Visit the hotel's restaurant, an old olive pressing factory. Have a cocktail in the Lemon Bar. Sip organic wine, made in the region. Taste the most amazing caprese you will ever find.
Fly into Florence and rent a car for a scenic drive through the countryside.
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People celebrating life.
Italian luxury. Sipping prosecco and watching the sun go down. Lazy afternoons by the sea. Breakfast with a view.
May to October.
Palazzo Avino, once a 12th century private villa, is now a beautiful luxury hotel perched atop Italy's famous Amalfi coast. Jagged cliffs, sparkling Mediterranean water 1,000 feet below, colourful fishing villages in the distance await you.
All 32 rooms and 11 suites are decorated with handmade Vietri tiles, antique furniture and carpets. Enjoy the spectacular property and the outdoor heated pool. Wander through the gardens. Visit the hotel's Clubhouse by the Sea, a 15 minutes drive away with a beach platform and a restaurant.
Explore the Amalfi coast.Take a day trip to Positano or Capri. Or, simply enjoy the hotel while you are here.
Tasting menu at Rossellinis, a 1 Michelin star restaurant located in the hotel. Freshest local lobster paired with Prosecco at the The Lobster & Martinis bar. Taste one of 65 different Martinis made by the in-house mixologist.
Take a scenic jagged drive from Naples or from Rome.
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Soul searchers and Solo Travellers.
Getting in touch with your deepest inner self. Ancient monastery living. Silence and peace.
Nature, peace and spirituality come together to form the unique retreat that is Eremito Hotelito del Alma, located in Umbrian valleys, 2 hours away from Rome, Italy. The restored eco-friendly building dates back to 14th century, and offers 14 rooms or “Celluzze” perfect for meditation. Enjoy The Relax Area, entirely dug out from rock. Take a steam bath on a cool night. Let the stillness inspire you.
Take part in one of the themed retreats, like The Solo Traveller, Fasting, or Ashtanga Yoga. Hike through the woods and along Chiani river. Go horseback riding. Try something different, like the Gregorian Chant Work-shop Icon Painting.
Cuisine from ancient monastic tradition. Seasonal fruit and vegetables. Homemade bread and pasta. Try “Melemito”, a hot and sweet signature drink. During the winter, enjoy your meals in the Refectory, in front of a stone fireplace, while in the summer and in the spring, eat outside surrounded by trees. Please note that dinner is served observing silence.
Fly into Rome and rent a car for a scenic 2 hour drive.
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Stylish jet setters. Lovers of the sea and undiscovered islands. Winos.
Wilderness and peace. Europe meets Africa. White roofs and blue sea. Scent of jasmine in the air. Star studded skies.
April to October are the warmest and sunniest.
Sikelia is a boutique art hotel on the small and mysterious island of Pantelleria, located between Sicilian and African coasts. Here, barefoot luxury meets modern Mediterranean design and high-end local cuisine. All suites are built within ancient dammusi structures, with private terraces facing the countryside.
Get lost in the Arabic garden. Experience an evening spa treatment under the starlit sky. Enjoy the silence of Pantelleria nights.
Pantelleria has originated from a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago and is characterized by its dark rocks and the intense blue sea. Hike to the many crystal clear coves the island has to offer. Enjoy the natural spa with a visit to the hot springs of Gadir, the Benikulà Cave sauna or the rejuvinating mud of the Lago di Venere. Wander through Pantelleria’s vineyards, and sample the local wines.
Traditional Sicilian cuisine with an Arab and African twist. Try spaghetti with sardines, followed by the catch of the day, and finish the meal with Passito soufflé with caper ice cream. Enjoy the unique Coste Ghirlande olive oil, with its slightly spicy bitter taste and wine grown on the premises.
Take a direct flight from any major Italian city.
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Lovers and friends who want to live like Italian royalty. Couples looking for a special Italian wedding venue.
Wandering through magical gardens of wisteria and roses. Exploring the centuries-old property. Open sea views with green cliffs of the Amalfi Coast.
May to October.
Villa Cimbrone is a one of a kind boutique hotel in Ravello, Italy. The restored 12th century villa has been a hub for royalty, artists and politicians throughout the years. (Think Virginia Woolf, Duke and Duchess of Kent, and the Clintons)
Overlooking the Amalfi Coast from the highest point of Ravello and surrounded by surreally beautiful gardens, Villa Cimbrone offers a peaceful retreat complete with rich history and otherworldly views. Choose between a Standard or Deluxe Rooms or one of the Suites complete with Antique Vietri majolica flooring facing the sea or the gardens. All rooms use flowers rather than numbers as identifiers, to reinforce the garden theme. The white and blue Suites are complete with a marble fireplace, terrace with veranda, and a Jacuzzi tub.
Wander the property and discover hidden corners or the gardens. Rest amidst Strawberry trees and sea-pines. Visit ‘La Veranda’ bar with an outdoor Tea Room and watch the sun go down.
Explore the Amalfi coast and discover why it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go back in time with a visit to Pompeii. Take a day trip to Positano for the picturesque coloured houses and authentic Italian charm. Sail to Capri among the iconic jagged rocks rising out of the Mediterranean. Or, simply enjoy the views at the hotel while sipping a cold prosecco.
The famous ‘granita’ made with Amalfi Coast’s own citrus. Gelato made on the premises. Fruit from the Villa Cimbrone’s private biological garden. Taste the flavours of the Mediterranean at Crescenzo Scotti - the onsite restaurant, and one of the best in Ravello. Visit the hotel's three floor wine cellar for an unparalleled wine tasting experience.
Take a scenic drive from Naples or from Rome.
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