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Venice, Italy

Scent and the city
Venice, Italy

Teresa Levonian Cole follows her nose around Venice. In a hidden alleyway of Cannaregio, the northernmost of the six historic se...
Venice, Italy

Time to travel
Venice, Italy

It’s a dark, moonless night, but that doesn’t seem to bother our pilot, as he drives at break-neck speed, across the open stretch of black w...

Hotels & resorts

Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Rome, Italy

Hotel de la Ville
Rome, Italy

Just seconds away from the Spanish Steps, this new addition to the Rocco Forte portfolio is as conveniently located as it’s possible to be ...
Hotel Excelsior, Venice

Hotel Excelsior Venice, Italy

This is a part of Venice that few tourists ever get to see – exclusive, secluded luxury. This palatial, grand Belle Epoque style, ‘Lido Reso...
Castello di Casole, Tuscany, Italy

Castello di Casole, Tuscany, Italy

Like the rest of the jet-set, we have a real love affair with Tuscany. One of its jewels is the once-playground of Italian film director Luc...
Villa Fontelunga, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Villa Fontelunga
Arezzo, Italy

Totally in tune with its location, Villa Fontelunga is a gorgeous collection of nine double bedrooms, with separate one-bedroom and two-bed...
Hotel Heureka, Venice, Italy

Hotel Heurika
Venice, Italy

Words by Teresa Levonian Cole The Heurika is a laidback, pocket-friendlier alternative to tried and tested Venetian favourites. It is lo...
ME MILAN Il Duca

ME Milan Il Duca, Milan, Italy

Milan is one of our favourite cities; it mixes a fashion sensibility, high Italian style and an urban attitude. Its old-meets-new feel is ve...
Four Seasons MIlan

Four Seasons, Milan, Italy

As we sipped champagne on our super-king-sized bed, deciding whether to take a long soak in our palatial bath or an invigorating rain-shower...
Borgo San Felice

Borgo San Felice, Tuscany, Italy

The Tuscan countryside, with its endless vines and oaks punctuated by vertical slashes of green cypress trees, is instantly recognisable; th...
Rosa Grand, Milan, Italy

Rosa Grand, Milan, Italy

For the quintessential Milan experience, we recommend this ‘pink’ jewel in the Star Hotels crown. This sleek hotel fuses old and new, with s...