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Destination Italy: Stay and Dine at 7 Top Luxury Hotels and Character Restaurants


palazzo-scanderbeg-morningroomPALAZZO SCANDERBEG TOWNHOUSE AND SUITES (5*) – ROME

Palazzo Scanderbeg is located in central Rome, only two minutes walk from the famous Trevi Fountain.Palazzo Scanderbeg Townhouse and Palazzo Scanderbeg Suites are both situated in an original 15th century palazzo and offer luxurious accommodation for short or long term stays.This Renaissance palazzo has been sympathetically transformed into luxury apartments with restored original features and reclaimed Venetian floorboards. Each of the Palazzo Scanderbeg Townhouse apartments is designed to the highest standards featuring a double bed and a luxury bathroom with a 24 hours concierge service that takes care of the guests’ every need.

nh_collection_palazzo_cinquecento-039-roomsPALAZZO CINQUECENTO (5*) – Rome

NH Hotels has added its third property to its NH Collection in Rome, the Palazzo Cinquecento. The new hotel, housed in a historical building, is located in Piazza dei Cinquecento, near Termini station, so it is very central for sightseeing and shopping. The Hotel offers 177 rooms which are decorated with elegant Italian style, all featuring large, comfortable beds. All rooms have free Wifi and flat-screen TVs, while some have views over the gardens and ancient ruins of Mura Serviane. Others offer stunning views over the city. The hotel restaurant “Grand Tour” specializes in Roman and Italian dishes.

falkensteiner-family-resort-double_room_deluxe_zimmer2FALKENSTEINER FAMILY RESORT (5*) in Capo Boi, Sardinia

The Falkensteiner Family Resort will open in June in Capo Boi in Sardinia, one hour’s drive from Cagliari. The resort offers 147 rooms, family rooms and suites and it is aimed at families and children. The resort has a private beach, restaurants and bars, a spa and a golf course.

lake-como-grande-suite-plageHOTEL IL SERENO (5*) on Lake Como

The Hotel Il Sereno in Torno, Lake Como, will open this summer to complete the collection of properties on the lake by Sereno Hotels. Il Sereno, formerly Villa Flora, sits on a scenic promontory on the lake’s eastern shores and can be reached by a wood motorboat steered by clients themselves or a Vaporina (water limousine) for those who prefer to be transported in luxury by a chauffer. The renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has designed the interiors of the hotel in an understated yet timeless style. The hotel will offer 34 rooms all with views over the lake and private terraces, a spa, an infinity pool and a gourmet restaurant.

anguissola-salaVILLA PLINIANA HOTEL AND EVENT VENUE (5*) on Lake Como

Villa Pliniana Hotel and event venue has been inaugurated this March on Lake Como after extensive renovation work by Sereno Hotels. The villa originates from the 16th century and over the centuries it has been visited by some of the most famous artists and historical figures such as Shelley, Byron, List, Bellini etc. Villa Pliniana offers 19 suites, 2 ballrooms for events and 2 smaller meeting rooms. Three more villas: Casa Shelley, Casa dei Plini and Rifugio da Vinci all offer 2 or 4 rooms each. The complex also has a well equipped spa and guests can use the heliport to reach the villa.

jw-mariott-suiteNEW ADDITIONS AT THE JW MARRIOT (5*) in Venice

Sixteen new rooms have been added to the JW Marriott on the Isola delle Rose in the Venice lagoon, two yoga retreats will also be offered to the guests in May and October. A new restaurant will also be added to the existing “Dopolavoro Restaurant” which was recently awarded a Michelin star and it will offer more vegetarian/vegan dishes and have also a barbecue corner.


UPDATES AT THE ROSA ALPINA (5*), San Cassiano in the Dolomites

Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa in Alta Badia has recently opened a newly-renovated wellness and relaxation area, within their spa, for guests to unwind after day skiing in the Dolomites. The wellness area has a contemporary feel and natural materials such as wood and stone have been used to perfectly integrate with the floor-to-ceiling windows that give stunning views of the mountains. The new area includes: indoor pool, spacious saunas, panelled library and games room, private cinema and Technogym.




Giulio Terrinoni, one of the best young chefs in Rome, has recently opened his new venture in the Capital’s historic centre, near Via Giulia. Essential design, open view kitchen, a few tables al fresco outside, Per Me offer “tappi” Italian for tapas, small but flavourful portions such as roasted mackerel with burrata or full portion more traditional dishes which are innovative yet respectful of Roman traditions like the “spaghettone ajo e ojo with scampi and lemon.



After a careful restoration work, the historic car repair workshop Bertame’ has found a new life as Trattoria Bertame’ Via Lomonaco, the décor is modern and colourful yet extremely welcoming. Major attraction of the trattoria is the winter garden, located under a pergola with a magnificent wisteria tree, a peaceful corner in the hustle and bustle of Milan. The young talented chef Uriel Manuel Cosi prepares seasonal menus combining traditional flavour and more modern touches such as spaghetti di Gragnano with clams and bottarga, sweet potatoes gnocchi with scampi and prawn bisque, black kingfish with avocado mousse and tomato comfit.



Elisa, grand daughter of Danio, the celebrated owner of Da Danio Trattoria, has recently re-opened this historic trattoria (dates back from 1937) which prides itself for serving typical Bolognese dishes. Down to earth atmosphere and vintage feel invites the clients to taste the many homemade specialities such as: Emilia Romagna’s charcuterie and cheese board, Tagliatelle al ragu’, tortellini in brodo, artichoke risotto, cotoletta alla Bolognese and more.


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