There are bedrooms tastefully decorated in classical style. This small village sits in the vineyard-covered hills of Monferrato, 80 kilometres east of Turin and is the perfect base to discover the food, wine and culture of Piemonte. Alba, the gastronomic capital of the region can be reached in 40 minutes.
The region makes a great extension to a holiday on the lakes of Maggiore and Orta. The bedrooms are furnished with light, contemporary colours.
Set around a large, cloistered courtyard, this historic building is ideally located on an elegant square in the heart of Turin. The style is a blend of contemporary furnishings and 17th century architectural features. All rooms are light and spacious and many have views of the city and the surrounding hills; however the very best views are those from the two rooftop terraces with their aromatic herb gardens and the fifth floor gym.
Buffet breakfast is served in the cloister overlooking the courtyard; lunch and dinner are taken in the gastronomic restaurant. This historic villa dates from the 18th century and stands in a beautiful restored 17th century Benedictine monastery, this elegant and peaceful retreat sits amongst extensive parkland and vineyards close to the village of Montcalvo. There are 41 bedrooms in the original building and these are all elegantly decorated in traditional style with stone floors and antique furniture.
Some have balconies and others have original frescoes. There is a large summer swimming pool, a tennis court and a spa with sauna, steam bath and ice cascade. Mountain bikes are available and the hotel can recommend walks in the surrounding countryside. The services of the Kirker Concierge Prices are based on sharing a double room supplements for single rooms on request.
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Castel Fragsburg. Formerly a 17th century hunting lodge,the Castel Fragsburg occupies a stunning private park and perches on a bluff overlooking Merano, the vineyards of the Alto Adige valley and the dramatic peaks of the Dolomites.
The wisteriaclad Loggia and terrace offer a breathtaking panorama all the way to Bolzano, 35 kilometres away. On entering the beautiful, wood-panelled reception, the sense of history is apparent, as it is in the 20 sumptuous bedrooms — each has a balcony or terrace and a memorable view. The service offered by Alexander Ortner and his team is exceptional and the cooking in the famous Michelinstarred restaurant is worth the journey alone.
There is a summer swimming pool and a spa. The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking and cycling.
The spa town of Merano is close by, as is Trauttmansdorff Castle with its wonderful botanical gardens. The capital city of South Tyrol, Bolzano is well worth a stay in combination with one of our recommended countryside properties. Highlights include the renowned archaeological museum, the pink sandstone cathedral and the colonnaded arcades of via dei Portici. The Laurin is located in the heart of the town, close to the train station and lies within manicured gardens.
Defined by its Art Nouveau architecture and extensive collection of 20th century art, there are numerous sculptures and paintings on display as well as wonderful frescoes in the Laurin Bar. The hotel has comfortable bedrooms, an elegant restaurant light dishes are served outside in the park from May to September , and an outdoor heated swimming pool.
Located in the charming village of San Cassiano in the Alta Badia mountain region, Rosa Alpina is run by the third generation of the Pizzinini family. This is a luxurious hotel where, in the summer, nature lovers are attracted by the pristine landscape of the Fanes nature reserve. One of Italy's most famous chefs, Norbert Niederkofler offers guests a memorable gastronomic experience in his 2 star Michelin restaurant open every evening except Tuesday. Facilities include a yoga studio, an award-winning spa, an indoor family pool and an adults-only wellness area with a second pool.
There is a cinema room, a relaxing library and a lively piano bar. Hotel open December — April, June to September. Since the 's, the Wieser family has welcomed guests at this friendly Alpine hotel. A short drive from San Cassiano and 45 minutes to Cortina via the Falzarego mountain pass, this is a good base for those who wish to explore by car or on foot - the hotel team will recommend walks which include a stop at one of the many mountainside rifugi for a typical lunch. The 51 wood panelled rooms, most of which have a balcony, face either the Badia valley or the jagged peaks of the Conturines and Lavarella Mountains.
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The sun terrace is open for lunch and has outstanding views. There is an indoor pool, a spa, sauna and Turkish bath. As ever, the Kirker Concierge will book the best local restaurants, expert guides and opera tickets. Both the central Piazza Erbe and Roman Arena are close by. A recent renovation has been completed without compromising the sense of history — there is a spectacular collection of antique porcelain, silverware, fans, glassware and Chinese lacquer work.
The 89 bedrooms are decorated in traditional 19th century style and all are spacious. There is a seasonal grill restaurant on the top floor and a gastronomic restaurant on the ground floor beneath a medieval arcade.
For further information on the various ticket categories, please call us on Although there is no restaurant there are excellent cafes and trattorie just steps from the door. The 27 rooms are furnished to a high standard and have designer bathrooms shower only. Hidden away from the mountain road, the gates open to reveal a large lawn which acts as the perfect afternoon sun-trap and provides unforgettable panoramic views over the entirety of Verona.
There are only seven bedrooms and three apartments all of which feature elegant furnishings and original beamed ceilings. This homely impression continues into the bar and lounge area where a selection of light dishes are available for lunch and dinner. All quotations are tailor-made; speak to an expert in our reservations department on for the latest prices. And yet, despite its tip of the hat to visiting plutocrats and aristocrats this is also a down-to-earth region where fishermen and farmers, peasants and artisans have left an equally indelible mark.
The landscape is dotted with a series of spectacular glacial lakes, which are framed by steep mountains and picturesque villages, all within a short distance of the great cities of Milan and Verona. Equally, why not combine a stay on two contrasting lakes, such as Como and Maggiore, or Maggiore and its little sister Orta?
We have prepared several itineraries below as inspiration, but each holiday can be tailored to your preferences — please speak to an expert to discuss your personal requirements. The Hotel Casa Fantini on its western shores is one of our favourite retreats on the lakes and offers warm hospitality and wonderful views of Isola San Giulio from its 11 bedrooms. After a few days here, a 45 minute transfer will whisk you to the historic Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees in nearby Stresa on Lake Maggiore, from where you can explore elegant gardens and the famous Borromeo Islands set to a backdrop of majestic alpine scenery.
The most opulent rooms are in the main papal building and there are further rooms in a 16th century church and 17th century farm buildings. Buenos Aires. Now travellers come to appreciate the Belle Epoque atmosphere and style, the magic of a past rich in tradition and history, whilst at the same time enjoying modern facilities. BBC News. When complete, the ISV complex will provide Olympic standard facilities for sports including boxing and fencing , gymnastics, judo , white water events including canoeing and kayaking and wrestling as well as a snow dome with real snow for skiing and snowboarding , an arena for public ice skating and ice hockey and an hotel.
Holiday Stay includes private markets and boutiques. Florence: 3 nights for the price of 2 for stays to 11 April, 28 July — 29 August. Then transfer to the unspoilt lakeside village of Lezzeno on Lake Como, for four nights at Il Palazzo del Vice Re, a luxurious and private residence with just six bedrooms. Stresa and Pallanza, on the Italian western shore are recognised as two of the most beautiful towns on the lake, with lush gardens and fine old villas.
From both towns you can take a steamer to visit the famous formal gardens on the Borromean islands. You will also find a private tennis court, an outdoor summer swimming pool although lake swimming is possible and sun terraces. The 68 bedrooms are decorated with great taste; many have wonderful views of Lake Maggiore and of the islands.
This grand, imposing hotel has a great position in the centre of Stresa, set in its own extensive park and overlooking the lake. Since it has welcomed distinguished guests from around the world. Now travellers come to appreciate the Belle Epoque atmosphere and style, the magic of a past rich in tradition and history, whilst at the same time enjoying modern facilities.
The hotel has subtropical gardens, a large summer swimming pool and a spa with a small indoor pool. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished; Kirker clients will be allocated rooms with balconies. The Regina has a wonderful lakeside location and is yards from the town centre.