DOLOMITES WINTER PARADISE: LUXURY WINTER ESCAPES
The ultimate winter destination spanning the provinces of Trentino and Alto Adige, and lets not forget neighbouring Veneto. The Dolomites are a truly outstanding setting for well-planned skiing holidays. You will be introduced to stunning scenery from your resort and whilst skiing both on-piste and off-piste. We guarantee unparalleled hospitality at some of the best luxury ski resorts in the world, the 18 peaks which comprise the Dolomite Mountains are a colourful landscape that will leave you speechless.
The Dolomites are a paradise for the outdoor adventurer and gourmand, this is a region that really offers it all. There are several Michelin-Starred restaurants, wonderful low key dining options, and suffice to say that Trentino-Alto Adige produces more DOC wines than any other region in Italy.
We organise a wide range of Luxury Winter Escapes in the Italian Dolomites – on-and-off-piste skiing, snowboarding, cross-country and family trips, all designed to offer the ultimate fully-planned adventure for the most demanding clientele. Indulge in luxurious comforts after a day of skiing – low impact itineraries with outstanding luxury accommodation, you will love our week long winter ski safaris.
Our guides are licensed, certified UIAGM/IFMGA experts, the highest mountain guide qualification in the world. They are passionate, experienced mountain professionals and are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional experience.
Explore Cortina d’Ampezzo – “Queen of the Dolomites”, is an up market ski resort surrounded by breathtaking mountains. Among others we partner with exclusive properties such as the Grand Hotel Savoia set amid idyllic surroundings. A historic 20th century property that holds an abundance of charm and pampers its guests with state-of-the-art furnishings and decor. For families the children will be in their element, gourmet lovers can revel in the Savoy restaurant, the trendy Giardino d’Inverno bar and a Cigar lounge. Relax in the luscious spa and enjoy the indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and Turkish bath to warm you up after a day of skiing.
Val Badia will enchant you and for the ski-lovers we will take you to explore Colfosco, Pedraces, La Villa, San Cassiano and Corvara. Here you may enjoy our Wine and Gourmet Ski Safaris. Our sommelier will meet you on the slopes for exciting wine tastings and memorable dining.
Italian Allure Travel customised itineraries will cater to every request. We will take you further to stay in Val Gardena known globally for its majestic scenery with adventures from hiking to skiing, walking, cycling, climbing and via Ferrata routes. In Val Gardena we offer accommodation where you can experience a unique chic setting, an outstanding wine cellar, Michelin Star dining and the enchanting Dolomites at your doorstep – pure elevated luxury.
Alpe di Siusi is Europes largest high-altitude plateaux and its immense beauty is reflected at every turn. Our modern 5 Star Luxury partner here is Alpina Dolomites, featuring a soft hued building and separate circular funky structure, interconnected via an underground passageway. There is a mini-club for little guests, exquisitely furnished rooms and suites with balconies and terraces, extraordinary bathrooms, this simply is heaven in the Dolomites!
Our multi-day Dolomites adventures are truly the best way to explore the Italian Alps. On-piste you’ll ski from resort to resort across the Dolomites, enjoying the advantage of lift service pistes whilst savouring an unforgettable holiday. Our off-piste adventures are most interesting and take you through backcountry of the Dolomites. Alternate your experiences and try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing is a magical experience, or for the real adventurer ice climb at the foot of Marmolada glacier.
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VENICE: A LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE LAGOON
Venice has the most remarkable and extraordinary landmarks including St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. St. Mark’s Square has always hosted the city’s most important government and ecclesiastical buildings. Flanked by the Procuratie building and Correr Museum the square is crowned by the Venetian-Byzantine domes of the grandiose St Mark’s Basilica.
Our guides will take you to visit major sites and expand beyond the tourists to walk along the shimmering canals lined by gorgeous ancient palaces for the most unusual itineraries. With our expert local team you will explore beyond the typical, well-known areas of Venice and visit the places that are characteristic of daily life for many Venetian families.
There is a Venice that is practically unknown to tourists, truly traditional, characteristic in which daily life is lived. We ensure that our guests will relive the old and evocative customs of those who travel “by way of the water”, renewing a love of the typical Venetian boats and lifestyle.
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Venice with a visit to museum Ca’ Rezzonico – Accademia – Frari – Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and many more fine examples of Venetian Renaissance Architecture. Embark on an extraordinary gondola ride sipping Champagne and ending with an aperitif and private gala dinner at AMAN Venice. Our special experiences and itineraries in Venice will take you to the heart of Venetian traditions, and closer to the local artisans and craftsmen of Venice, who through their skilful work, keep the techniques that are centuries-old, alive today.
If you have an interest in contemporary art, the Venice Biennale is by far the most important event of the year on the social calendar. The oldest and most prestigious biennale upon which all subsequent biennales are based; established in 1895, the Venice Biennale still determines to this day how the dynamics of the entire art world will play out internationally for years to come. We have special access to the Biennale, highly quality licensed guides and private limousines to take you to explore this unique event and city of bridges.
Explore the islands in Venice: Murano – Burano – Torcello – Mazzorbo – Sant’Erasmo – Lido and many other exciting locations among this archipelago of 119 little islands. The best way to know and experience Venice is certainly by getting on a private boat and travelling around the Grand Canal that is reasonably defined as “the most beautiful avenue in the world.”
Visit the Bellini Academy, walk with your Chef to explore the Rialto food markets before a private cooking lesson, or enjoy private tastings at remote wineries. Our crew we lead you through the most stunning parts of the city and recall of the legends, history, point out the monuments, architectural masterpieces, art and introduce to the lives of those who created or enjoyed it – the artists, noblemen, courtesans and other inhabitants of the lagoon.
PUGLIA: FAMILY CHRISTMAS AMONG THE BORGO
Southern Italy is maybe not your first thought for Christmas, yet possibly one of the most unique and magical. Enjoy Christmas at Borgo Egnazia, from December 23rd to 26th as we celebrate the magic of being together.
Every day of the year, in every season, Borgo Egnazia is like a breathing tale of Puglia, spoken by the ancient culture of the land and by the sheer beauty of its nonpareil architecture. Far from a resort, it embodies a brand new concept of hospitality based on local, authentic experiences.
Fly into Bari or Brindisi airport in Southern Italy and let our drivers whisk you away to Savelletri in Fasano, Puglia. An extraordinary property providing guests with an experience that can’t be enjoyed anywhere else and is based on local authenticity, spirit and beauty: this vision has allowed the Melpignano family to help transform Puglia into one of the most sought-after and beloved destinations across the world, starting in 1996 with Masseria San Domenico, originally the family’s private vacation home. Today, Borgo Egnazia is the biggest property of the San Domenico Hotels group.
Lets plan your Christmas at the Borgo: First of all, you you have the opportunity roll up your sleeves and, with your hands in the dough, work together around the kitchen table to prepare the holiday recipes: it may look like a cooking lesson, in reality, this is what happens in every Puglian home.
Christmas Eve will be the most authentic heart of Christmas in Puglia in the three days from December 23rd to 26th. La Frasca, the traditional trattoria of Borgo Egnazia, will be a feast for the eyes, embroidered by dozens of candles and winter-tale decorations. It will host the delicious Christmas dinner, all wrapped in the warm hospitality typical of this land.
Then since Christmas is dedicated to the pleasure of being together, but also to well-being, the Vair Spa will be the ideal place to enjoy a few hours of peace in the new wet area with the sauna, sanarium, turkish bath and ice fountain.
In the sweetest period of the year, the celebrated Christmas Markets, resounding with tinkling bells and bagpipes, offer the best of local traditions. The iconic Piazza turns into an enchanted world made up of stalls, animated by artisans and tastings of typical products. Feel like a kid again while celebrating the magic of Christmas in Puglia.
Italian Allure Travel Offer: Euro €570.00 per person in a Corte Bella or Borgo Splendida room (double occupancy)
- 3-night accommodation in double bedroom with breakfast included
- Christmas markets with tasting of typical products in the Piazza (December 24th)
- Cooking Class at Borgo Egnazia (December 24th)
- Traditional Puglian dinner at La Frasca (December 25th, beverages not included)
- Access to Vair Spa and daily use of sauna, steam room, indoor pool and gym
Conditions apply. Offer is for a minimum stay of 3 nights, valid from the 23rd to 26th of December 2019.
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FLORENCE IS A RENAISSANCE LOVE STORY DURING THE WINTER MONTHS
Meet the Renaissance City: The jewel of Tuscany, discover the city that launched a thousand ideas. Florence was home to the Medici dynasty, the greatest art patrons of their time and creators of the Renaissance. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Dante and Galileo are just a handful of the geniuses that thrived in this unique city.
Embark on a private journey to discover the city, an intimate look at the churches, galleries, narrow streets and palaces that showcase their masterpieces. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Florence also offers world-class shopping, romantic escapes and a wide spectrum of breathtaking venues for special occasion events.
Florence is special during the winter months, the city turns into a living museum revealing majestic palaces and piazzas, churches, statues, fountains and art galleries that recall the magical golden age of the Renaissance.
New Year’s Eve in Florence is like nothing you have ever experienced, the select top restaurants on our favourites list for our clients offer a very special dinner, and after dinner you can spend the night in town wondering from one ‘piazza’ to another, enjoying the various concerts the make the city sparkle on the longest night of the year.
With the complete New Years Eve program yet to be finalised and released, you can consider the concert of classical music in Piazza della Signoria, a gospel jazz concert in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, pop/rock concert in the Piazzale Michelangelo, or a street band and orchestra in Piazza Pitti. Imagine standing in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, with the statue of the David (the copy!!) and listen to a concert of classical music, an unforgettable experience!
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ROME: CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE ETERNAL CITY
Rome is a masterpiece, a city rich in ancient history and design – blended with modern culture and beautiful chaos. We pride ourselves on providing the unpredictable with unforgettable experiences and exclusive itineraries designed around your needs and wishes. We never compromise on quality with our selection of luxury hotels and will ensure your time is managed with the greatest of care.
Discover the layers of history and culture in Rome. Rug up and let our licensed guides take you around the cobblestone streets. Even though its cold outside, you will be delighted whilst exploring the chambers and corridors, galleries and piazza’s. In the shopping streets between Via del Corso and Piazza di Spagna the streets are often lined with red rolled out carpet and twinkling fairy lights that float above you from roof-to-roof, setting the perfect Christmas scene whilst exploring the Italian designer boutiques.
The rich Roman cuisine is the perfect way to warm you up along with a nice glass of vino. Certain experiences are indescribable, such as visiting Saint Peter’s Square to see the Christmas Tree, positioned directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. The nativity scene has life size statues and intricate hand crafted details. Our privileged access with behind-the-scene experience will allow you visit some of the most hidden parts of the Vatican. You will be escorted through the public galleries of this incredible museum before reaching the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling masterpiece. Walk through secret doors leading you to access St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the museums, avoiding the long lines and crowds.
Aside from the weekly Wednesday audience at 10.00AM, Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica with the extremely popular Pope Francis draws in large crowds so we do recommend to reserve tickets in advance to guarantee availability. Arrive early and be prepared to stand because there is limited seating. The Pope will speak in various languages including the main languages being English, French, Spanish, German, Polish, Portuguese and Italian amongst others. All tickets for Papal ceremonies are issued free of charge by the Vatican.
Discover the traditional Roman delicacies and mouth savouring local specialties in Rome. Walk through the narrow streets and stop by a local market to learn more about how Romans shops for their meals. Learn to cook a Christmas feast, a truly authentic Italian meal first-hand in a real Italian home, housed in an ancient church with a real Roman Mamma. Starting the day with a private guided tour of the famed Campo de’ Fiori market to pick out your fresh ingredients, you will then learn the local secrets of how to cook a traditional meal and make the most delicious Italian cuisine sought after around the world.
Whatever your interests are from boutique shopping, meeting local artisans, fine dining, local cooking experiences, private gallery visits, exploring fine antiques, culture days or perhaps learning about the history of Rome’s Jewish culture from the Roman Republic times to the current day – Rome offers a captivating mix of it all and we will ensure your experience is an enriching one.
So many wonderful Winter experiences in Italy, and we never compromise on quality with our selection of luxury hotels, villas and apartment rentals.
Expect exclusive concierge services on the ground in Italy this festive season with our team of professionals who will plan your Luxury Winter Escapes.