Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Collection

Dolce & Gabbana have launched the Velvet Collection, a series of six haute parfumerie scents, each inspired by various parts of Italy. The scents are a masterful mix of amber, citrus, floral, woody and spiced essences which recreate the Mediterranean mood. The names of the fragrances are: Velvet Vetiver, Velvet Patchouli, Velvet Wood, Velvet Desire, … Continued

Buy an island near Venice for $28 Million

San Spirito Island, situated in a lagoon that is a ten-minute boat ride to Venice’s San Marco Square, is now for sale with an asking price of €28 million. The private island has 3,500 square meters of existing historical structures and the potential of an additional 4,500 square meters of new construction. “The island could … Continued

The St Regis Florence with Bottega Veneta suite

International hotel chain Starwood has announced the reopening of a landmark Florence hotel, complete with a suite from top designer label Bottega Veneta. The St Regis Florence, originally the Grand Hotel Florence, has been treated to a ten-month restoration which has seen significant interior changes to the 18th century palace, ranked among the city’s most … Continued

Genoa International Boat Show 2011

Genoa is one of the largest boat shows of the year, with thousands of boats and a full program of ‘fringe’ events to ensure it caters for every nautical fan in town. Some 450 debuts from the world’s biggest shipyards are expected for this 51st edition, spread over three pavilions and two marinas. The largest … Continued

Gucci, turning 90, opens museum in Florence

Italian fashion label Gucci inaugurated a museum in Florence Monday, showcasing the luggage and high-end clothing that have fueled the company’s success. Located in the Palazzo della Mercanzia, the museum is only a few steps away from the 13th century Palazzo Vecchio and Michelangelo’s David. The museum features an exhibit showing how their logo has … Continued

Petra Ecclestone Drops $5 Million On Wedding

Petra Ecclestone, 22, married businessman James Stunt, 28, on Saturday in a lavish Italian ceremony that racked up a staggering $5million bill. Petra, who just bought Candy Spelling’s $85 million Los Angeles mansion, said “I do” in the same Italian castle where Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes. The daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone … Continued

Lotus Evora S joins Italian Carabinieri

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification, Lotus has created two Evora S police cars for the Carabinieri (Military Police). Powered by a supercharged 3.5-litre Toyota V6 producing 257kW of power and 400Nm of torque, the Evora S is able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds. The special models have a light bar, … Continued

Ducati Opens Shop in Rome Airport

Travelers are set to see more of the famous Ducati motorcycle brand in airports, following the opening of a pilot store in Italy. Passengers passing through Rome Fiumicino can now stop off at a new Ducati store in Terminal 3, the first outpost of a new partnership between the motorcycle maker and airport retailer Meridian … Continued

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Aston Martin has unveiled the new concept V12 Zagato supercar ahead of its first showing in Italy. The V12 Zagato is an interpretation of Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage by Italian design house Zagato, the latest in a line of collaborations between the two brands. The first Zagato premiered in 1960 and was based on the … Continued

The world’s most expensive Liquor

Stuart Hughes has designed the world’s most expensive liquor, with a content invented by Antica Distilleria Russo from Italy. A national drink of Italy, Limoncello is made by infusion in alcohol of peels of lemons from the stunning famous Amalfi Coast. The bottle itself houses at the neck 3 single cut flawless diamonds totalling 13 … Continued

Swarovski x Guido Gobino Easter Eggs

Swarovski and Guido Gobino the renowned Italian chocolate maker have teamed up to create these beautiful Easter eggs. Created from the finest aromatic cocoa powder, emblazoned with gold and crystals, each egg comes with a unique Swarovski crystal pendant. Only 100 pieces of these luxury eggs will ever be created. Prices are available on request … Continued

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo by Trussardi

Italian fashion house Trussardi celebrates its 100th anniversary, and to mark the occasion has teamed up with BMW for a special edition 5 Series Gran Turismo. For the exterior look, the choice fell on an exclusive color – a characteristic warm metallic brown that has been named Heraldic Brown. The paintwork is executed in three … Continued

Lamborghini Gallardo Tricolore

Lamborghini is launching a new special edition of its Gallardo supercar to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. Tthe Lamborghini Gallardo Tricolore features a white exterior with carbon fiber mirrors and a tricolor strip that runs the entire length of the car. The stripe is echoed on the driver’s seat, where it is perfectly … Continued

Spain’s hotels are Europe’s most popular

Spain is still Europe’s most popular place to stay, according to figures released February 28 by the European Union. In total, 268 million nights were spent in Spain’s hotels by travelers last year, a rise of 6.4 percent on 2009’s figures. The second most popular place to lay your head was Italy with 245 million … Continued

Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection 2011 in Capri

Featuring model Anne Vyalitsyna in a breathtaking backdrop of Capri, the Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2011 Cruise Collection is based on four themes – 60s styles colorama, modern nostalgia, Lolita on the road and 50s Hollywood glamour.

Venice launches virtual tour of canals

Internet users can now travel along the canals of Venice from the comfort of their own homes to prepare their trips, with a new website called veniceconnected.it. The website is made up of 360-degree HD photographs snapped by a camera mounted on a boat travelling the length and breadth of Venice’s famous canals.

Head to Italy for Valentine’s romance

If you’re planning on whisking a loved one away this Valentine’s Day (February 14), Italy is the place to go according a new poll. The survey, conducted by Skyscanner, revealed that a full third of the 1000 respondents questioned believed Italy was the world’s most romantic destination. France, the more traditional getaway for the world’s … Continued

Valentino for Gap collection

To celebrate the opening of the first Gap store in Italy, Italian luxury fashion house Valentino will unveil a limited edition women’s collection for GAP. The seven-piece Valentino for Gap collection will launch at select boutiques worldwide on November 27, including Gap’s new Milan store on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Gap’s London flagship on Oxford Street … Continued