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Destination: Italy

The appeal of Italy as a wedding destination stretches far beyond its borders, as couples from all over the world are attracted by its peerless scenery, dining and fine wines, as well as ease of global access via its well-connected network of world class air and sea ports. Five particular venues have ensured that, as part of the broader appeal of their offering, they offer a magical private setting for the perfect nuptials. Villa Ciggiano is a case in point. In the heart of the Tuscan countryside and set on

Easter is a very significant time for memorable festivals in Italy, not least the Scoppio del Carro, the Explosion of the Cart which takes place in Florence’s Piazza del Duomo every Easter Sunday. 150 revellers in medieval costume drag the flower-covered cart, before it is set alight and forms the centrepiece of an incredible fireworks display. April kicks off, as it does for many of us elsewhere, with April Fool’s Day, which is called Pesce D’Aprile in Italy but which involves the same blend of fun, tomfoolery and pranks that

Having spent the past 8 summers in Salento, I can honestly reassure you, you won’t have a bad culinary experience anywhere you go in Puglia. Yes, there are the odd and out of place kebap bars here and there or the stalls at the fun fairs, but I know you are wise enough not to get close to any of these, wherever you are in the world. Salento is a gastronomic paradise. Fresh, organic and honest food is served pretty much in every local restaurant, often run by extended families with the

 The town of Trabia in Sicily is mentioned in historical documents as the birthplace of pasta. In 1154, the Arab geographer Al Idrisi, while travelling around Sicily on behalf of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily to study customs and traditions of the Sicilian population, described in the famous “Tabula Rogeriana” the existence of a town called Trabia and its local production of pasta: “To the west of Termini there is a town called Trabia (‘At Tarbiah, the square), an enchanting place to live, abounding in streams that drive numerous mills. Trabia

Italy is world famous for its amazing cuisine, with numerous regions constantly vying for the title of the ‘best Italian food.’ Although it would be impossible to pick an absolute winner, Tuscany is one region that has to be in the discussion. Although there is absolutely no shortage of amazing Tuscan food options, here are just a few of the dishes we think you definitely shouldn’t miss. 1. Bistecca Alla Fiorentina Bistecca Alla Fiorentina, the world famous Florentine T-bone steak, is equally as mouthwateringly delicious as it is overwhelming to

You can’t fail to notice the scent of roses and the heart-shaped chocolate boxes and keepsakes everywhere that you go right now. The most romantic time of the year is approaching as swiftly as Cupid’s arrow strikes. It’s never easy to plan the perfect adult Valentine’s break, but lovely Apartment La Duchessa in Siena, Tuscany,  settles the debate conclusively, as it offers intimate, luxurious perfection for loving couples. The UNESCO World Heritage city of Siena needs little introduction to anyone already fortunate enough to know it is person, The apartment couldn’t

I had the pleasure of talking to Cristina Abriani – Marshall, Owner at Chic-ca Fashion Showroom in London, representing Italian fashion labels in the UK. Cristina and her family travel frequently abroad for both pleasure and business. As a trendy couple Cristina and her husband Andrew used to stay in fashionable hotels. But with the arrival of their child, their choice shifted towards luxury holiday villas. I find out from Cristina why she stopped booking hotels for their family vacations and opted for rental accommodations. HOW OFTEN DO YOU TRAVEL

Perhaps the greatest recent revelation of the European high end holiday rental sphere is that the best appointed villas can be year round destinations. As more and more people strive to benefit from the shoulder season, as well as inevitable travelling within peak times, it is timely to explore the theme of a villa for all seasons. Winter A ski chalet might be the obvious winter choice, but few measure up to Chalet Jejalp, about 90 minutes’ drive from Geneva Airport. There is room for up to fourteen lucky guests

Spend the holiday season in one of Italy’s finest residences, located just 30 minutes from the eternal city, Rome. Chosen by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as her X Factor Judge’s House in October 2015, Villa Elda is one of a kind residence facing a small lake and surrounded by maniacally manicured gardens, and gentle nature. If it was good enough for Cheryl, must be good enough for us! Villa Elda has put together a wonderful festive programme to entice even the most demanding of Guests and please everyone in the family. WINTER HOLIDAY OFFER:

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