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Featured Journeys: Romantic Trip Through Italy

Italy, known for food, art, and culture, it seems as if there's something new to discover at every turn. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're going on a Romantic Trip Through Italy. While there's so much to explore, this journey will feature three of the major cities, along with a stop in Tuscany for wine and enjoying la dolce vita. 

Rome
Siena
Florence
Venice

Rome

The journey begins in Rome. Founded around 753 B.C., the city is a haven for history lovers. Three of our favorite hotels below provide ideal locations to explore all the Eternal City has to offer, including the Colosseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain. Thanks to Italy's fashion houses, many of the city's major landmarks, including the Trevi Fountain have recently been refurbished, making it an ideal time to visit. 

Here are a few of our top Rome hotels:

Palazzo Manfredi

Palazzo Manfredi

Directly opposite the Colosseum, the Palazzo Manfredi is a boutique hotel set within a 17th century villa. Offering the Michelin star Aroma Restaurant, guests can dine on award-winning cuisine while enjoying views of the iconic Colosseum. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive daily breakfast for 2, complimentary welcome drink, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill.

Palazzo Montemartini

Palazzo Montemartini

Situated in central Rome, Palazzo Montemartini offers a modern, yet romantic setting. The only hotel in the city crossed by the Servian Walls, the luxury hotel is set within a stately former palazzo with a spa, Turkish bath, and indoor lap pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a bottle of wine, plus a 10% discount at the Senses restaurant and spa treatments. 

Fendi Private Suites

Fendi Private Suites

Why only shop at the Fendi flagship boutique when you can spend the night in the Fendi Private Suites? Offering seven chic and creative suites within the Palazzo Fendi, the innovative designs incorporate the brand's classical visual language in the heart of Rome.

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Siena

Offering a medieval setting, the city of Siena makes for a great base for exploring Tuscany. While the town itself is charming, we recommend spending a few nights (or why not an entire week if timing allows?) at one of the area's vineyard hotels where you can relax, sip some wine, and take in the beauty of the Italian countryside. 

Here are a few of our top Siena hotels:

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

This majestic estate has an 800-year history. Set in Val d'Orcia just north of Montalcino, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is one of Tuscany's largest contiguous estates. Completely restored, the property offers a focus on the land, wine, and history. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive $100 USD resort credit, and a welcome bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine. 

Castel Monastero

Castel Monastero

Set amongst the Chianti vines, Castel Monastero is situated within a medieval village from the 11th century. About 30 minutes from Siena, this country resort offers a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, an intimate church for weddings, wine cellar with Tuscan wine tastings, and spa with wellness programs and medical anti-aging treatments. Perk: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a three course lunch for two with wine, and $100 spa credit. 

Castel Porrona Relais

Castel Porrona Relais

Nestled amongst vineyards, cypress trees, and olive groves, the Castel Porrona Relais is a historic village resort with an outdoor swimming pool, fine Tuscan cuisine at Il Chiostro Restaurant, and suites with personal butler service. The Agua Spa offers wine therapy baths, Moroccan-inspired hammam, and treatments incorporating Tuscan wine and olive oils. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine and 15% discount on spa services. 

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Florence

Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a must-see for art lovers. Yes, Michelangelo's "David" is here, but there's so much more to see. Il Duomo, the Florence Cathedral was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and was built on the site of 7th century Church of Santa Reparata, where visitors can see the remains of the foundation in the crypt. On the piazza outside of the cathedral is the Baptistery of St. John, considered the oldest religious site in all of Florence. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the "newest" part of the city for shopping, and be sure to try the iconic Florentine Steak for one of your meals. 

Here are a few of our top Florence hotels:

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Steps from Il Duomo Cathedral, Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is in the heart of historic city center. Set within a 6th century byzantine tower and medieval church from 1400, the luxury boutique hotel has an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. Note: you may recognize the property, as it is where Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks' character) stays while in Florence in the DaVinci Code and Inferno. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, along with a welcome amenity. 

Hotel Il Salviatino

Hotel Il Salviatino

Perched on the hillside of Fiesole, Hotel Il Salviatino is set within a 15th century villa. Overlooking Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills, the unique property has outdoor pools set immersed in the green hills. There's a spa with aroma's of Dr Vranjes, an exclusive Florence perfume house, along with La Cucina serving Tuscan cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on the property. 

Belmond Villa San Michele

Belmond Villa San Michele

Surrounded by gardens with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele is set within a former monastery. Minutes way from the center of Florence, the building was expertly restored with the assistance of the Florence Fine Arts Authority. There's an Italian Cookery School with hands-on cooking classes, La Loggia Restaurant, and a hilltop pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers, and fruit upon arrival. 

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Venice

The final stop on the journey is Venice. The City of Canals offers a romantic setting with ornate palaces lining the Grand Canal, narrow mysterious streets, and arched marble bridges crossing over canals with gondalas. Popular with artists and writers for centuries, the city is an ideal place to roam and wander with the one you love. Designed to approach from the water, Venice's iconic St. Mark's Square is a must-see, but can get crowded. We recommend visiting in the early morning.

Here are a few of our top Venice hotels:

Boscolo Venezia

Guest room at the Boscolo Venezia

Overlooking the lagoon, Boscolo Venezia is tucked inside a 16th century villa with a hidden garden. Providing a classic Venetian setting, the hotel's Giardino Segreto Restaurant provides a Boscolo Food Experience with themed islands, open kitchens, and an emphasis on food presentation. The Serenissima spa draws inspiration from the city's wellness traditions, and the hotel has a private boat offering transportation to St. Mark's Square. 

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

Tucked on the private island of Isola delle Rose, the JW Marriott Resort and Spa is a 15-minute boat ride across the lagoon to St. Mark's Square. There is a Wine & Cooking Academy providing guests with the opportunity to learn the art of Venetian cuisine, and the family-friendly property has a kids club and family activities. There is a romantic church, four restaurants, water sports, and a rooftop lounge with a pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive VIP status, Venetian sweets, and a bottle of prosecco. 

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Overlooking the Grand Canal, guests typically arrive by boat to the Aman Canal Grande Venice. Evoking the feeling of bygone era with sweeping staircases, soaring ceilings, and historic frescoes, the luxury hotel has private gardens, and a boutique specializing in Venetian glassware. There's a roof terrace, along with the Dining Room serving Italian and Asian cuisines, and guests have walking access to San Polo. 

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Presidential Suite at Boscolo VeneziaOffering opulent Venetian styling, the Presidential Suite at the Boscolo Venice provides an ultra-luxe atmosphere. Immersed in the hotel's garden (the only one of it's kind in Venice) amongst hundred-year-old trees, the suite has a loft with large windows on every wall, showcasing exquisite views of the lagoon where land and sea meet. Furnished in the design style of the 1700s, there's ornately carved Venetian furniture, oriental rugs, and Murano glass chandeliers. One of the marble bathrooms has a whirlpool tub, along with  lighted makeup mirror, bidet, robes, and slippers. Plus, the suite has modern amenities such as a minibar, TV, safe, and outlets with dual voltage adapters. 

Presidential Suite at Boscolo Venice

The Boscolo Venezia was built by the Patarol family at the end of the 16th century. Inherited by the noble house of Rizzo, the property was transformed into a 66-room luxury hotel. Surrounded by art and history, the upscale setting provides an ideal location for exploring Venice. In addition to elegant accommodations, the property offers a full-service spa and restaurant offering guests the "Boscolo Food Experience." Learn more below the photo. 

Lobby of the Boscolo Venice

For centuries, Venice was famous for it's marine baths. Today, the hotel's Spa in the Lagoon offers a range of health, diet, and esthetic medicine beauty treatments including waxing, body wraps, and makeup services. Designed to create a regenerating atmosphere in the heart of the "Serenissima," the facility has a steam room and therapy baths. Plus, guests can schedule massage lessons to learn the artful techniques of Venetian massage. 

Giardino Segreto Restaurant

The Giardino Segreto Restaurant is an homage to the Italian gastronomic experience. Set in the garden of the hotel with outdoor seating during warmer months, guests can dine on chef-prepared traditional recipes paired with the region's finest wines. For a night cap, guests can visit the Lounge Bar for an intimate, Venetian style setting. 

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Interested in a trip to Venice but looking for a secluded setting? Situated on Isola delle Rose, the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa combines the charms of the city with an scenic location for couples and families. Reachable via private boat, the resort offers 266 guest rooms and suites, spread throughout five different accommodation styles: the Hotel, La Residenza, La Maisonette, L'Uliveto, and Villa Rose. Continue below the photo.
Arriving at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
For a unique gastronomic experience, visitors can reserve a time at the Sapori Cooking Academy, which offers a range of cooking classes in the techniques and cuisine styles of the Veneto. In addition, the property has four restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Dopolavoro Dining Room with Veneto-inspired cuisine and an extensive selection of wines. The Sagra Rooftop Restaurant serves Italian specialties with panoramic lagoon views, the Giardino Grill provides poolside dining, and Cucina Daily Restaurant has an international menu for breakfast. Read more below.
Dining at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
For relaxation, there are three pools at the resort, including the vitality pool at GOCO Spa, an adult only heated rooftop pool, and a family-friendly heated outdoor pool with a children's pool. Continue reading below the photo.
Rooftop pool at the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
Plus, the resort's GOCO Spa Venice is the city's largest spa with an array of massages, body scrubs, body wraps, and couple's treatments. Along with a vitality pool, sauna, biosauna, and hammam. 
Spa treatment at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
The family-friendly property offers multiple activities geared toward young travelers, including art programs such as mask workshops or Venetian pastry making cooking classes. For couples seeking one-of-a-kind wedding venues, the resort offers a 19th century stone church, along with outdoor venues for parties and celebrations. 
 
Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive VIP status, bottle of prosecco, and Venetian sweets. 
 
Please note: the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa closes during the winter. Property is set to reopen for the season in March 2017. 
 
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JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

At the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, named after the founder of Harry's Bar and inventor of the Bellini - Giuseppe Cipriani, there are two signature suites. The Palladio Suite, designed by Andrea Palladio, is the one that George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin stayed in right after getting married in 2014. On Guidecca island, the 970 square foot, 90 square meter suite is located on the southern tip of the property and provides 180 degree views. There is a concealed, private terrace with private plunge pool, private launch for 5 minute boat transfer to St. Mark's, 2 marble bathrooms, dining room, and mural-like watercolors covering the walls.

Rates start at €8,470 (£6,500) per night and include breakfast.

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Palladio Signature Suite Bedroom

Palladio Suite Terrace

Palladio Suite Living Room

 


The Ca’ Nigra Lagoon Resort is an authentic expression of styles of the Venetian Settecento and modern design,
blending in perfect taste with the influences of fine oriental antiques. Today, after masterly preservative restoration
works that have brought up the value of its splendour, mosaics, original venetian floors of the Seicento, marble friezes
and precious glass panes are rediscovered harmonizing elegantly with modern solutions. 

Ca'Nigra Lagoon

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Ca' Sagredo Hotel was a palace originally owned by the Morosini family. It was purchased at the start of the 18th century by the Sagredos, a noble family who had lived in the Santa Sofia district for centuries. The facade onto the Grand Canal is proof of the Byzantine origin of the building, which was altered several times in subsequent centuries. The original ground floor with the doors leading onto the water and the first floor with its tall arch windows topped on slim pillars, were completed in the 15th century by the addition of second floor, which has tracery frieze around the middle mullioned windows of the Portego or central hall.

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Belmond Hotel Cipriani is home to the only swimming pool in central Venice. The Olympic-sized pool is fully heated and filled with filtered seawater. A team of pool assistants is on hand to cater to your every request, from fresh towels to cool drinks and light dishes from the pool menu.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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Have a meal and a drink accompanied by the terrific views of Venice found at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa.
In addition to the breathtaking vistas of the park and the lagoon, La Sagra Poolside offers cicchetti and sharing platters,
along with inventive cocktails, beer, and wine.

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

 

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Guests of The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort can indulge in culinary experiences during their stay at the Italian resort. Explore the rich flavors of Sicily’s cuisine with cooking classes, wine-tasting lessons, and mixology classes. All the ingredients are organic handpicked from Verdura's vegetable garden, olive, lemon, and orange trees.

Verdura Golf and Spa Resort

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Cooking Class - The chefs will teach you to make some of Verdura's most popular dishes with the freshest local ingredients. 

Sicilian Cuisine Class - Sicilian cuisine is a triumph of flavours, enriched over centuries by a variety of culinary traditions. Classes focus on how to make a Sicilian classic like chocolate, pastry, pizza or caponata.

Mixology - Learn how to mix a Sicilian Mojito and other classic cocktails with a twist. Make your very own cocktails with the resort's mixologist. 

Wine Tasting - Sicily has all the ingredients for good wine. Taste the very best wines selected by the resort's sommelier. 

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Restaurant Terrazza Danieli at Hotel Danieli hosts up to 120 guests in both
the indoor restaurant and also outdoors on its exquisite terrace, open for al fresco
dining in warmer months from April to October. An a la carte menu showcases
typical Venetian cuisine as well as traditional Mediterranean fare accompanied by
breathtaking views of Venice. Restaurant Terrazza Danieli offers a truly memorable
dining experience.

Hotel Danieli

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