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ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Top 5 Most Popular Things to do in Lake Como, Italy

March 16, 2012 ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE Comments Off
ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Top 5 Most Popular Things to do in Lake Como, Italy

Travel Italy to charming Lake Como – a place for families, couples, and celebrities alike. Tour intimate villages and stay in luxury hotels on Lake Como vacations. Indulge in luxury Lake Como hotels in Bellagio, Cernobbio and Como; and discover lively cafes framed by cobble stone walkways.

Most Popular Things to Do in Lake Como:

  • Explore extravagant villas and view their furnishings and immaculate grounds
  • View the renowned Porta Vittoria, the late 12th century city gate
  • Learn the history of Italian silk at Museo Didattico della Seta
  • See the 11th century basilica of Sant’Abbondio
  • Ride on the funicular to the hilltop city of Burnate for an aerial view of the area … Continue Reading

ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Top 5 Most Popular Things to do in the Amalfi Coast 2012

December 21, 2011 ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE Comments Off
ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Top 5 Most Popular Things to do in the Amalfi Coast 2012

One of the most beautiful Europe travel destinations, the Amalfi area beckons vacationers with dramatic sea cliffs and picturesque villages. Ravello brims with festive art and cultural events. Positano The Amalfi Coast is a chic seaside village with exclusive Italy hotels while Sorrento has a vibrant cultural scene and stunning views of the Bay of Naples. Just off the coast, Capri Island is a playground for jet setters and celebrities.  Discover a stunning coastline and lounge on a private beach or sun deck against a backdrop of dramatic cliff sides and verdant green mountain peaks at Il San Pietro Di Positano.

Top 5 Most Popular Things to Do in the Amalfi Coast

  • Tour Anacapri’s craft shops, Punta Carena lighthouse, and the Piazzetta
  • Explore the small towns and seaside cliffs of The Amalfi Coast
  • Marvel at the Imperial Villa of Damacuta and the Bay of Marina Piccola
  • Stroll through the heart of Sorrento and view medeival structures
  • Stop for lunch at a local trattoria and enjoy the cuisine of Campania … Continue Reading

LUXURY CRUISING | Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises’ adventure travel embraces the global environment through the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

LUXURY CRUISING | Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises’ adventure travel embraces the global environment through the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

In April 2011, Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises changed the name of the Prince Albert II, its expedition ship, to Silver Explorer while the vessel was in dry dock at the Lisnave shipyard in Setubal, Portugal,  prior to commencing a summer programme of Northern Europe and Arctic voyages.

Manfredi Lefebvre, Silversea’s chairman, said: “Our expansion into adventure travel has turned out quite successful and we have to prepare for the possibility of adding more ships. To reinforce the Silversea luxury brand image for the expedition segment, we decided to change the name of our first expedition ship to Silver Explorer and anticipate any future expedition ships will bear similar names that evoke a sense of luxurious adventure.” … Continue Reading

ADVENTURES IN GREECE | “ATHENS in 4 MINUTES” film by Artist Director George Antonatos on his personal journey

November 28, 2010 ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE Comments Off
ADVENTURES IN GREECE | “ATHENS in 4 MINUTES” film by Artist Director George Antonatos on his personal journey

On our travels and journeys we meet some of the most amazing people and share stories.. here we met with Adventurer,  Film Artist and Director George Antonatos on his editorial debut of his take on his journeys through Greece, titled “Athens in 4 minutes” – a video highlighting some of the most romantic and cultural sightseeing places throughout the country.

All of course cleverly and artistically captured in a mere four minutes time. How can you not be inspired to visit!

This roman adventure captures all the intrigue, mystique and romance Greece has to offer . . . … Continue Reading

SPECTACULAR SORRENTO | The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria perches Roman Holiday Magnificence along the coast of Amalfitana

November 24, 2010 ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE Comments Off
SPECTACULAR SORRENTO | The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria perches Roman Holiday Magnificence along the coast of Amalfitana

The Romans, with their unfailing eye for beauty, were among the first to appreciate the spectacular scenery and temperate climate of Surrentum, perched on the cliffs of the Sorrento Peninsula in an area that also lies along the famous coast road known as the “Amalfitana.” One of Italy’s leading Grand Hotels, the EXCELSIOR VITTORIA is located in Sorrento, the place where it is said that the Roman Emperor Augustus had a beautiful villa with magnificent views of Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.

The Hotel dates back to 1834, a time when Italy was not yet a unified country. From the day it opened the establishment has been owned and run by the Fiorentino family, one of the few founding hotelier families remaining in Italy today.  The long history of the EXCELSIOR VITTORIA is reflected in the unique fin-de-siècle style of the building, which still retains its period of splendour.

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ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Splendour in 16th Century Florentine at Villa La Massa – Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s Medici Escape

September 11, 2010 ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE Comments Off
ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE  | Splendour in 16th Century Florentine at Villa La Massa – Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s Medici Escape

Villa La Massa is a fascinating Medici dwelling of the 16th century on the outskirts of Florence.  Its 22 acres of gardens, complete with olive groves and lemon trees, make for a pastoral setting.  It was turned into a luxury hotel in 1948. After a complete renovation by the Villa d’Este Group in 1998 it reopened and its five hundred years of history live on, telling us tales of Renaissance splendour and the lifestyle of Florentine aristocrats in every nook.

Set on the banks of the river Arno, in the Florentine countryside, next to Chianti Classico, Gallo Nero and Rufina regions, only 5 miles from the historic centre of Florence.  This Medici Villa, built in the 16th Century by the Landini Family, has been home to several aristocratic Italian, English and Russian families.  Villa La Massa was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1948 and since then many famous guests have enjoyed a stay there (Winston Churchill, Elisabeth Taylor, Richard Burton. .) … Continue Reading

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