San Clemente, Kempinski, Venice

best bed: San Clemente Palace, Kempinski, Venice, Italy

Venice is a city I love but often hate to visit…the crowds are legendary; the heat can be unbearable. Sam Clemente Palace to the rescue. Located on its own private island, this ever so luxurious hotel is a haven from…

Villa Cora

best bed: Villa Cora, Florence, Italy

Villa Cora is my favorite type of hotel…scandalous history, immaculate restoration with over-the-top glamour, yet unpretentious and comfortable with perfect service. Baron Oppenheimer, of the banking family which financed the Suez Canal, built this villa to impress his new Italian…

me in Venice

what is the most romantic place?

What makes a place a romantic? For me, it is the experience, sometimes shared, sometimes solo. Rwanda was one of the most romantic places I’ve ever visited; I went alone. 30 years ago, completely broke, John and I rented the…

Grand Hotel Imperiale

best bed: Grand Hotel Imperiale, Moltrasio, Lake Como, Italy

Grand Hotel Imperiale is a  family-owned gem on the banks of Lake Como. It was built in 1922, though the main building is quite modern;  there are still a few traces of its Art Nouveau heritage. I recommend staying in…

The Bvlgari Milano

best bed: The Bvlgari Hotel Milano, Milan, Italy

Opulent, serene and a magnet for the fashionista crowd, the Bvlgari Milano was the company’s first venture into hotels back in 2004 (there are now 6 with a few more in the pipeline). And though it is a joint venture…

La Locanda di Bagnara

best bed: La Locanda di Bagnara, Bagnara di Romagna,  Italy

La Locanda is a historic gem in a tiny medieval town, definitely off the beaten track. Yet situated at the crossroads of a magic, underappreciated  area of Italy that encompasses Bologna, Ravenna, Faenza and Imola. This cluster of buildings began…

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