Florence Duomo, Grand Tour Italy

Recreating Italy’s Grand Tour

During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Grand Tour was a bit of a rite of passage for young, wealthy men from England’s upper classes. They’d start off in Paris, but Italy was usually the primary destination, particularly the key cities of Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples. The Grand Tour was seen as a cultural way to [ ...More ]

A city of the past: Venice’s historic hotels

Venice is one of Italy’s most fascinating historic cities. There’s a story behind every building, street and even hotel – as our Direct Marketing Executive, Nikki, discovered on a recent trip…   Not long after arriving into Italy, one of the hoteliers told me that “Venice is to be lived like a city of the past”. It’s not surprising [ ...More ]

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival is almost here, so we’ve taken a look at the history and traditions that have made Carnival one of the most spectacular events in Italy. Whether it’s the elaborate masks and costumes, the nights full of dining and dancing or the spectacular performances, Carnival is a truly magical time to visit Venice. The [ ...More ]

Romantic Day Trips From Italy’s Cities

Planned a romantic city break to Italy for Valentine’s Day? If you want to surprise your other half with something a bit different, head out of the city for a day. From a picturesque villa garden (perfect for strolling hand-in-hand) to a stunning lake devoid of its summer crowds, there are some fabulously romantic places [ ...More ]

What to See at the Venice Biennale 2017

Venice Biennale is one of the world’s most important arts organisations. It’s best known for annual exhibitions on contemporary art, dance, film and more, including the famous Venice International Film Festival. 2017 will see La Biennale di Venezia host the 57th International Art Exhibition, first founded in 1895. Here’s what art lovers can expect to [ ...More ]