For the romantics: the romantic hotels

The world is for those who are in love with it. Here is a list of some of the most romantic hotels selected by Gayot. From sophisticated urban pieds-à-terre to chic secluded safari tents. We know that there are even more and maybe even more beautiful places so suggest us also your favourites. But first … Continue reading

Divino Tuscany – June 2011

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Divino Tuscany is a celebration of Tuscan winemaking excellence. The inaugural event to be held in Florence, Italy June 2 – 5, 2011 will bring together the top winemakers from Tuscany who will promote, share and demystify their top rated wines. James Suckling, former Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of Wine Spectator and one of the world’s most … Continue reading

Sleep with Rolex & Patek Philippe at Florence’s Luxe L’O – Hotel L’Orologio

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Under the patronage of new Italian luxury hotel group Whythebest, one of Florence’s hippest and best-hidden boutique hotels is getting set to welcome the fashion crowd to the city this summer during the Pitti Uomo men’s shows. L’O – Hotel L’Orologio is unique in being inspired by the prestigious world of international high-end watchmaking as well as by … Continue reading

Taste 2011: Love Food, Love Taste!

Photo by: Cinzia Bonfà

  LOVE FOOD, LOVE TASTE! is slogan of the salon-event dedicated to the best tastes of the Italian lifestyle and table design, which happened in Florence from March 12th to 14th. This year 250 companies from all the Italy participated in this journey of the good, beautiful, colourful between fruit jams, mustards, pasta, beer, chocolate, … Continue reading

Italian and Slovenian gourmet evening in Florence: dinner by Stefano Santo and Matej Tomažič with wines by Čotar

Andreja Petrevčič, winemaker Vasja Čotar, Andreja Lajh and Giampaolo Rosselli del Turco with the tasty appetizers on the table. (Foto by: Paolo Picciotto)

On Friday 11th March the Relais & Chateaux Villa La Vedetta in Florence hosted a special dinner, organized in collaboration between Carlo Vischi and Andreja Lajh (Carpe Diem Club). Italian and Slovenian creativity of two great chefs – the host Stefano Santo (Restaurant Onice, Villa La Vedetta) and as guest  Matej Tomažič (Majerija) – was completed … Continue reading

Taste no. 6 in Florence from March 12th till March 14th

Photo by F. Guazzelli

      3 days of sampling, discovering, buying, events and lifestyles dedicated to taste. And, for one week, Florence is “Fuoriditaste” From 12 to 14 March 2011, at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, Pitti Immagine presents the sixth edition of  TASTE. IN VIAGGIO CON LE DIVERSITÀ DEL GUSTO, the fair dedicated to excellence in … Continue reading

Villa La Vedetta in Florence

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The very name suggests the exceptional nature of its location. Villa la Vedetta is situated beside Piazzale Michelangelo, from where it is blessed with a sublime view of the Arno River, the Church of Santa Croce, the Cathedral, Giotto’s Belltower – in effect, of the high Middle Ages and Renaissance. And in the other direction, … Continue reading

Grand Hotel Villa Cora in Florence – one of the most prestigious symbols of the city

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After a three year wait, the Whythebest Hotels group has reopened the Grand Hotel Villa Cora in Florence. Villa Cora is considered one of the most prestigious symbols of the city, in the past inspiring emperors, princes, Pashas and major artists such as Čajkovskij. Three years of restorations were done in order to bring back … Continue reading

Villa Scacciapensieri, Tuscany

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Located 20 minutes from the Piazza del Campo – the town center of Siena – is Villa Scacciapensieri. Perched atop the hill – Colle della Capriola – the Villa offers dramatic views of the vineyards and family-owned farms that line the Tuscan valley. Constructed in the late 1790s, the villa boasts 3 suites, 24 double … Continue reading

Damien Hirst courts controversy with diamond-studded baby’s skull

Damien Hirst: For Heaven's Sake, 2008, Platinum, pink and white diamonds 85 x 85 x 100

    He has made his name and his fortune shocking the public with controversial art works including dissected sharks and pickled sheep. But Damien Hirst has pushed the boundaries of taste further still by using a dead baby’s skull in the creation of his latest work of art. For Heaven’s Sake, an infant’s skull … Continue reading