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…

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…

Icelandic Horses (photo by red charlie)

my list for 2022

In travel, planning can be half the fun. So, I’m picking 10 places I am planning to visit this year. Who knows if I’ll actually get to them all…some are more unlikely than others. But if you don’t dream… Here…

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…

Villa Spalletti Trivelli

best bed: Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome, Italy

Finally! The chance to live like a noble. Villa Spalletti Trivelli was, until recently, the Villino Urbino of an aristocratic Italian family. A country house in the heart of the city. The last one left in private hands; many have…

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