For Whom The Bella Tolls

Robert Clayman travels to the Amalfi coast to visit its cultural jewel and stay at a very, very respectable family operation.   Lollo or Loren? For anyone who loves the majestic illusion of Italy’s post-War Dolce Vita, there can be only one and you have to pick a side. Sophia Loren – the bodacious bella…
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Karen Krizanovich: Venice in Three Days

They say you can’t do justice to Venice in three days. I say you can and I’ve done it more than once. This time, it’s Venice out of season – fewer tourists and more Don’t Look Now. To make life simple, I booked a speedboat from Marco Polo Airport straight to BAUERs Il Palazzo. Central…
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Go With the Flo: The grandest of Florence’s country piles

A report published earlier this year spells it out – the luxury experiences market is now worth an eye watering $980bn (luxury experiences being defined as cars, art, home, tech, dining, hotels, travel, spas, yachting, etc). Compare that to the personal luxury goods market, worth only $390bn. There are many demographic reasons for this, but we…
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Truffle In Paradise: Sniffing out the real black gold in Tuscany

“There’s truffles under that tree,” says the hunter, pointing into a coppice. At least, we assume that’s what he’s said; we’re still awaiting clarification from our translator. In any case something’s happening as he’s dropped to the ground brandishing a short metal spade. There’s a flurry of digging on hands and knees. We watch the…
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Join The Club: Castiglion del Bosco, Siena

The brochure for Castiglion del Bosco is printed on paper so thick, you could make a sturdy bench out of it. The owners feature themselves, with a sepia photograph of 15 of the Ferragamo family in chinos and white shirts, a study of stylish insouciance, flanked by their coterie of horses and dogs. Other images…
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Palazzo Tornabuoni, Florence

Evolution is often invisible. Because of the dead-ends that are necessarily pursued in the quest for those next great steps forward, what feels like an advance could ultimately turn out to be just another dodo. A recent stay at the Palazzo Tornabuoni in Florence made me think that this particular innovation in the way the…
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