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 become the location of a prestigious hotel or could see the realisation of luxury residential units.”
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 significant buildings.
The hotel boasts 81 rooms and 19 suites, decorated by local artisans and including antique furniture such as hand-carved gold leaf frames and crystal chandeliers.
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 flagship of this year’s show will be the CBI 50 ‘Alfos’, a 50 meter yacht, although there will be a dedicated mega-yacht area which is expected to boast some 30 boats with sizes up to 50 meters.
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 evolved since Guccio Gucci, a former porter at the London’s Savoy hotel, founded the company in 1921.
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 dropped some mad cash on her nuptials, including wine that cost $6500 a bottle!
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, an enhanced automation system and a refrigerated compartment that will be used for transporting vital organs.
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 Duty Free which opened July 4.
With the first branch open, Ducati is pushing to extend its stores to more European and non-European airports, giving travelers around the world an opportunity to pick up branded merchandise on their journey.
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 DB4 GT, beginning a series of models which included the V8 Zagato, the DB7 Zagato and the DB AR1.
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 cts. The body contains one of the world’s rarest diamonds which is sized 18.5 cts.
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 only and will be available from Guido Gobino shops in Milan and Turin.
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 layers and the color of the body changes gradation with varying exposition to light.
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 aligned with the exterior stripe. The green, white and red colors of the stripe are in homage to the Italian flag.
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 nights spent in 2010, although this was a slight fall on 2009’s figures.
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.
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.
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 romantics, took second place with 19 percent of the votes and the Caribbean took third place with nine percent.
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
The pieces will also be available at the high-end fashion boutiques Colette in Paris and Dover Street Market in London. It has not been slated for release in the US.
A giant white truffle was sold off on Sunday for 105,000 euros (144,000 dollars) at a lavish auction near the town of Alba in northern Italy, organisers said.
The truffle, presented at the auction in the medieval Castello di Grinzane in a region of Italy famous for its cuisine, weighed 900 grammes.
The price per gramme for the truffle was therefore 117 euros — lower than the rate of 133 euros per gramme paid at the same auction last year.
Hereâ€™s the gorgeous Italian actress Monica Bellucci starring in new commercial for Martini Gold by Dolce & Gabbana.
Economic woes have not lessoned the demand for the swine sniffing white truffles from Alba, Italy as well as parts of Croatia and France.
The ‘white gold’ peak season begins at the end of October with an expected price tag of â‚¬4,300 per kilogram.
According to The Sunday Times, “White truffles are cheaper this year, by as much as 40 per cent compared to last year’s peak prices.”
Chefs in Singapore including Luca Pezzera of Bonta have declared 2010 a very good year for white truffles and not just in price.