I thought about writing another Covid-19 post and then I realized the 24 hour news cycle and social media have already overloaded and stressed us all out. So what could I post about in a time when we are all inundated with news?
The one thing I love to talk about….travel. I know we are all confined to our homes (or should be, if you are out doing your normal thing…STAY HOME. Please for all of us) so even though we can’t travel at the moment, doesn’t mean we can’t think about all the destinations we would like to visit when travel bans are lifted and we can crawl out of confinement with a packed suitcase.
In solidarity with my Italian friends who are going through so much right now. What better destination to start with then Italy. Italy is always a popular destination. The history, architecture, food and people make it the perfect destination whether you are a history buff, foodie, beach goer, mountain climber or wine connoisseur.
I try to make a playlist of music to send to my clients before they leave, its perfect to listen to while they pack their bags. so hit play while you are browsing through what I hope will get you ready to head to Italy.
Masseria Torre Maizza, A Rocco Forte Hotel, Puglia
Located in the Italian hotspot of Puglia, this property from one of my favorite hoteliers, Rocco Forte is the place to discover Italy’s Adriatic coast. The hotel is a recently converted 16th century masseria (country house) that features beautifully designed rooms, rooftop bar and restaurant, pool, spa, private beach and 9 hole golf course.
Part of the Small Luxury Hotels brand, Lefay is a wellness retreat and spa located in the Dolomites. This mountain chalet style resort boasts amazing alpine views, 2 restaurants, a world class spa and access to some of the best skiing in the Italian alps.
COMO CASTELLO DEL NERO, CHIANTI
An easy drive from Florence or Siena, Castello del Nero is 740 acre estate located in Tuscany. It includes a Michelin star restaurant, spa, pool and access to some of the best wineries the region has to offer.
What better way to explore Tuscany, then riding around on a Vespa. This tour includes 2 winery stops, lunch and a chance to learn about wine and olive oil production in the region. And you get to feel like Audrey Hepburn in the process.
One of my favorite tour operators to work with, Context travel, features tours led by local scholars and experts in a variety of fields. For this particular tour, explore Rome and learn about its stories through an archaeologist who has study them his whole life.
Pizza Class with locals in Naples
You can’t go to Naples, home of pizza, and not try your hand at learning the techniques to be a pizza making master. Eat With partners travelers with locals. You are welcomed into their home, taught how to make the recipes that are special to them and their culture and get to make new friends over a wonderful meal.
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