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Are you a planner or a last-minute traveller? I am definitely a planner, although 2020 has forced me to explore the advantages and joys of last-minute trips, and adapt to the constant change of plans even 24 hours before departure. I did not think I could just look up a destination the night before, book, pack leave on a whim and actually enjoy it. I thought everything had to be meticulously thought through and carefully planned to avoid disappointment. But hey, 2020 forced us to revisit and reevaluate our habits

Deep into the heel of the Italian boot lies a wonderful Apulian gem–Lecce, the heart of the Salento area famous for its pristine beaches and remarkable culture. The land of olive groves and ancient “masserie” is especially popular for its very own interpretation of the Baroque architectural style of the late 16th-century, the “Barocco Leccese”. Sought after for its churches (there are more than forty!), piazzas, small courts and noble palaces, Lecce is also home to a Roman amphitheater dating back to the Augustan age. Flowers, fruit trees, cherubs and

Italy is one of our most popular destinations. Understandably, when you consider the beauty and magnificence of the country’s landscapes; the sophistication and elegance of its cities; the charm of the countryside villages; the artistic heritage: and the wonderful cuisine. The list of captivating reasons to visit Italy could be almost endless, but how do you choose a property for your holiday, retreat or special occasion? To help you navigate our curated collections of villas, mansions, farmhouses and retreats we like to highlight our favourite properties from different destinations. This

Milan is full of excellent spots to grab a bite. Here’s some of the best places to have breakfast, lunch, aperitivo, dinner and brunch…and take beautiful pictures to post on Instagram too! Gelsomina (Via Carlo Tenca, 5 – tra Repubblica e Porta Venezia) it is an hidden gem. This bakery inspired by southern Italy style and cooking (Sicily and Campania in the lead!) offers a great variety of exquisite pastries and sweets, from ricotta-filled cannoli to pistachio croissants and Neapolitan sfogliatelle. You cross the threshold and immediately feel in a

Inspiration for your best seasonal get-away ever The Algarve is undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest golf and beach destinations. Yet there is surprisingly more to captivate the visitor, and there is no better time to discover this beautiful south facing coast than in early autumn.  This is the season to indulge in authentic gastronomy, discover a fascinating cultural heritage away from the summer crowds, whilst staying at some of the best properties in our portfolio. The coast spectacular, not only sandy beaches, but impressive coastal hiking routes, as well as

The top 4 coolest places in Brussels for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.  I had the pleasure of interviewing our ultra-glamorous and Brussels connoisseur friend, Paola Carattoli Di Clemente, who definitely knows a thing or two about the coolest places to eat in Brussels. Here are Paola’s recommendations. You won’t be disappointed. Breakfast La Table Rustique, located along the chic Avenue Louise. Great for reading the morning papers while eating a healthy and delicious breakfast. Start your morning at La Table Rustique, located in the Louise area. A cozy spot,

Greetings from Schiermonnikoog, the unpronounceable Dutch Frisian island, a sort of “Dutch Hamptons”. Literally its name can be translated into “Grey Monk Island” . The island’s first known inhabitants were the monks of Klaarkamp Abbey, a Cistercian monastery near Rinsumageest, on the mainland. “Monnik” means “monk”, “schier” is an archaic word meaning “grey”, referring to the colour of the monks’ habits, and “oog” translates as “island”. A National Park of breathtaking natural beauty, the island, 16 Km long and 4 Km wide, can only be reached on foot or by

Are you one of those travellers who always likes to take souvenirs back from your trips? Anything from a fridge magnet of the Tower of Pisa to a carpet from Marrakech? Let us help you with some ideas should you visit the wonderful and captivating region of Puglia, the heel of Italy.   1 – CERAMICS FROM FASANO CERAMICHE IN GROTTAGLIE The city of Grottaglie in the province of Taranto is has since the 17th century known for the production of plates, vases, ornaments, cups, tiles, ceramics. The Fasanos have

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