Italian Allure Travel Blog
Discover the best reasons to visit Italy

  • Christmas stars and sparkles..

    Copyright Melissa Martin Copyright Melissa Martin Buon Natale Tutti.. It’s the week that Santa is preparing to load his sleigh so that he can deliver toys to all the little children around the world.  Christmas is a time for family and friends to be together.  All over Italy celebrations and… Read more »

  • Good morning Santa Margherita..

    Morning has broken in Santa Margherita Ligure, I could get used to waking up to the reflection of the rising sun on the mediterranean sea every morning and a view as spectacular as this one.  I’m an early riser these days and the first think I do every morning is… Read more »

  • Stella McCartney now in Rome..

    Copyright Melissa Martin Stella McCartney had a great Autumn/Winter collection this year, I loved the jewellery collection and handbags, especially the Falabella Faux Nappa Gold Chain Tote. When I am in Paris I always pay a visit to the store in the opulent Palais Royal, and this year when I was in Rome… Read more »

  • Rene Caovilla Fall Winter 2011/2012

    Rene Caovilla Multi Crystal Sandal.. Fall Winter New Collection 2011/2012 As only the master of fairy-tale shoe design can! www.renecaovilla.com/ xmm

  • Rolling Tuscan Hills..

    Copyright Melissa Martin I took this photo when I was on one of the fast moving trains heading from Rome to Florence in the heart of Tuscany, the rolling hills are truly picturesque, just like in the movies the Tuscan country side is so beautiful. xmm

  • Eternal beauty Sopia Loren..

      Photo from the 1963 film ‘Ieri, Oggi, Domani’http://www.lorenarchives.com/film_1963_ieri_oggi_domani.html Watch her life in pictures here..  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WoVmISXPbw Sophia Loren went from rags to riches, a young Neapolitan girl who came from poverty and conquered Hollywood and the world with her beauty and charm.  Is there anyone more beautiful than the incredible… Read more »

  • Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina.. Roma

      One of my favourite piazza’s in Rome is the small and elegant Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina, a triangular piazza with only a few designer shops, this little hub has now turned into an exclusive one with top names residing in pint size boutiques such as Louis Vuitton,… Read more »

  • Antichita..

    Copyright Melissa Martin Pondering the antique shops in Via dei Coronari next to Piazza Navona in Rome is a favourite past time of mine.  There are shops here that are full of gilded antique furniture, picture frames, old clocks and classic Louis XV and XVI styles that I adore.  Sometimes… Read more »

  • Gucci going gold..

    Copyright Melissa Martin Did someone say disco?  I can just imagine Bianca Jagger wearing this gold Gucci number to Studio 54 back in the 1970’s, perhaps wearing something slightly more revealing underneath.  I was stepping back in time when discovered this Gucci window display! xmm

  • Positano’s Via dei Mulini arches..

    Copyright Melissa Martin Italy is full of designer shopping, the glitz, glamour and in my opinion some of the best quality fabrics in the world come out of Italy.  There is no hiding the fact that I am obsessed with ‘La Moda’, its not just the high end fashion designers… Read more »

  • Michelangelo Institute of Language and Culture.. Florence

    Istituto Michelangelo.. Copyright Melissa Martin If there is ever a language school in Florence in the heart of Tuscany then perhaps its the Michelangelo Institute of Language and Culture or  in Italian ‘Istituto Michelangelo‘.  The school teaches everything from language, cooking, history, art, mosaic and more.  Its not where I… Read more »

  • Heart to heart on the streets of Paris..

    Copyright Melissa Martin Why is there not one single person sitting on these vibrant red vinyl loved up seats on the streets of Paris? Hmmm a bit tacky perhaps, yet it certainly makes for an amusing photo, where else but on the streets of Paris would you find love on… Read more »