Milan. Rome. Venice. Italy is celebrated all over the world for its glamorous cities full of the latest fashions, the most prestigious hotels and some truly timeless art and architecture. As one of Europe’s tourism hotspots, whichever part of Italy you decide to visit you will be welcomed as a guest and have hundreds of different experiences to choose from. Whether you want to sample the catwalks of Milan during Fashion Week or would rather sail out across the Laguna of Venice in a gondola, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this Mediterranean paradise.
Italy is the ideal destination for any budget, as you will always be able to find comfortable accommodation, breathtaking places to visit, and delicious Italian food at an affordable price. However, for now we’ll be concentrating on the crème de la crème of the Italian experience including grand hotels, fine dining and the most exclusive activities. Read on to delve into a slice of the utmost Italian luxury.
Stay at The Gritti Palace, Venice
For many people, Venice is the ultimate romantic holiday destination. It doesn’t get much better than strolling through the gently winding streets of the floating city, arm in arm with your beloved on a warm summer evening. Around every corner you turn in Venice there is excitement, mystery and romance. So why not stay in a hotel that summarises the entire atmosphere of the city in one place?
The Gritti Palace is a sumptuously beautiful hotel located right on the banks of the Grand Canal. From its dining terrace you can see Santa Maria della Salute, that beautiful white-domed church that is an icon of the Venetian landscape, and the celebrated Guggenheim Museum. You are also close to the famous Ponte dell’ Accademia, St. Mark’s Square and the unmissable Harry’s Bar.
Despite being in a prime location from which to explore the city’s landmarks, you mind find it difficult to convince yourself to leave The Gritti Palace’s comfortable interior. The original Palace dates back to the 15th century but now contains a luxury spa and modern technology alongside the beautiful period artworks and architecture. 24-hour room service, attentive staff and the delectable treats found at the Club de Doge restaurant on site make staying in this hotel a very special trip indeed.
Shop at The Golden Triangle, Milan
The convergence of luxury shopping streets Via della Spiga, Via Sant’ Andrea, Via Gesú and Via Monte Napoleone is called the Golden Triangle, and here is where you will find the biggest names in fashion. Givenchy, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Celine, Hermés, Dior… This is the place to rub shoulders with the superstars of the fashion world. Italy is known as a country of style and Milan is perhaps the most stylish city of all. The talent of Italian designers is more than represented on these streets with boutiques by the most celebrated names like Valentino, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Farragamo, Moschino and Missoni amongst many others.
If you wish to own a piece of wearable art by one of these creative fashion houses, the best place to shop for it is right here on the streets of Milan. You can even stay where all the action is at the Four Seasons Hotel on Via Gesú or have your very own Audrey Hepburn moment at the Tiffany’s store on the nearby Via Bergamo. Shopping here is bound to be an experience that you’ll never forget.
Play at Casino Sanremo
Casinos have long been associated with glamour and sophistication so the Casino Sanremo is the perfect place to visit if you’re in search of luxury. Located in the gorgeous coastal city of Sanremo, just over the border from Monaco, the Casino is famous for its turn of the century Liberty Deco architecture and plush interiors. The impressive white façade framed by palm trees brings together that combination of the exotic and the ostentatious that grand casinos tend to do so well. Once through the doors, you step into a world of lights, fun and laughter that wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond movie.
You’ll never be bored in this palace of gaming, as the Casino Sanremo has 479 slot machines, three rooms for ‘games of skill’, a private casino room and even space to hold international tournaments. If you fancy a breath of fresh air on a fine summer’s evening, you can simply step outside onto the roof garden and carry on the fun online whilst you gaze out over the sparkling city rooftops. Even if you’ve never visited a casino before, you won’t regret calling on the Casino Sanremo for a glimpse of all the entertainment, charm and magic it has to offer.
As you can see from the small selection covered here, Italy is filled to the brim with exciting, innovative and, above all, extravagant options to sample during your trip. Whether you want the finest home comforts whilst you’re travelling abroad or rather dare to try something bold and new, Italy has something for you.