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Hefty restaurant bill shocks tourists in Italy

Italian authorities have shut down a historic Roman restaurant days after it charged a Japanese couple $987 for a seafood lunch.

The tourists filed a fraud complaint with police after being surprised with a bill for pasta and lobster with wine and gelato at the Il Passetto restaurant, just off the popular Piazza Navona square.

Health inspectors arrived within days to shut down the 149-year old restaurant – which has served stars ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Grace Kelly – citing hygiene reasons.
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High flying Abramovich buys airport

Roman abramovitch

Billionaire Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich is topping other high fliers with private jets – by splashing out on his own airport, it was reported today (monday).

Abramovich is heading a syndicate of Russian tycoons in a bid to snap up Tassignano airport in northern Italy as an investment.

The terminal – worth more than 4 million GBP – is near a settlement of exclusive villas and holiday homes, reports Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper.
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Givori Via Veneto Luxury Phones

Luxury mobile artist Givori – known for his ugly creations including the Serendipity and Nefertiti – designs the Via Veneto collection, inspired by the shopping street in Rome.

Via Veneto features full grain Italian leather hand-finished with delicate metallic foil, 18 karat Italian rose gold plating, and 0.3 karat diamonds.

The Classic edition is targeted towards men and women, with a snake-embossed leather shell. The Exclusive edition is more feminine with its gold screen, diamond encrusted logo, and scratch resistant glass.
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China to overtake Italy for Lamborghini

China will overtake Italy as the second-biggest market behind the United States for iconic sportscar maker Lamborghini within three to five years, the group’s chief executive said on Wednesday.

The Chinese associate luxury more with chauffeur-driven cars than sports cars because of bad road conditions, traffic congestion and driving standards, Stephan Winkelmann told the Reuters Global Luxury Summit.

But the sports car culture will gain ground in China, he said, as road infrastructure develops fast and Chinese consumers aspire to own well-known European luxury brands.
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Tibaldi For Riva

Italian pen makers Tibaldi have released a collection of pens for the Italian ship yard Riva.

The collection marks the first ever collaboration of these two iconic Italian brands: Riva, makers of  luxurious power boats and Tibaldi, Italy’s first fountain pen manufacturer.

All Tibaldi for Riva writing instruments are coated in exactly the same paint colours as Riva boats.
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Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista

Situated in Italy, only 7 km from the centre of Verona, Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistà offers a unique and evocative setting with all the characteristics of a classical Venetian-style Villa.

The large building, featuring a 15th century façade by Michele Sanmicheli, had been abandoned for some time before being carefully renovated.

The villa has now been the object of meticulous historical refurbishment, both in terms of the architecture and the paintings and décor.

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Ferrari to auction off special F430 for Abruzzo earthquake relief

Ferrari has announced that it will offering a very special car at the RM Auction due to be held this coming Sunday.

The car, the very last F430 to leave the production line towards the end of this year, will be auctioned to raise funds for rebuilding in Abruzzo, central Italy, which was devastated by the earthquake on the 6th of April.

The F430 will feature a special two-tone livery which recalls the traditional colours of Aquila, the city most hit, and will be consigned with a certificate signed by Ferrari Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo.
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Bvlgari Stamps Made In Italy

Luxury jeweler Bulgari is about to celebrate 125 years as one of the world’s most sought-after jewelry brands.

To commemorate the occasion, it is teaming up with an unusual partner: the Poste Italiane, or Italy’s postal service.

Worth 0,60 euros ($0,77), this special edition Bvlgari stamp shows the image of a dazzling necklace from 1965 made from yellow gold and platinum and heavily adorned with amethysts, emeralds and turquoises.
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Holidays and Nature in Sicily

The largest island in the Mediterranean is a variegated world of landscapes and colours.

From the Etna’s top covered with snow to the warm and wild coast of the Zingaro nature reserve, from the parched mountains of the hinterland to the verdant Madonie, from the Greek temples of Agrigento and Segesta to the windmills and salt pans of Trapani…

Few other regions can boast such a variety of natural landscapes and nature reserves like Sicily.
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Fashion Notes, luxury notebook

Ergo Italy has launched a new sparkling notebook line, called Fashion Notes.

This luxury notebook is handcrafted and encrusted with 1.444 Swarovski crystals. Designed by Sbranchio, an extravagant Italian artist, Fashion notes combines creativity and high-tech features.

It is smaller than the standard A4 notebook, approximately 22 x 17 cm, and it features a 1.6 GHz  Intel ATOM N270 Processor to provide the functionality you need.
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Porzia T’s chic underwear

Porzia T by Paola Tessariol, a young and talented fashion designer, is an Italian company which reinvented the world of underwear combining the finest materials with a timeless luxury design.

The designer dedicates her creations to Porzia, the famous character of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, as she embodies the contemporary women’s universe with her beauty, nobility, passion and pride. With Porzia T luxury becomes a daily pleasure.

The exclusive quality of selected fabrics and materials is enhanced by an exceptional handmade production, the couture sartorial skills applied to lingerie, the excellence of a sophisticated design: not just fashion, but unique pieces of art, elegant and refined symbols of the purest Italian style.

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Diadema Wine & Champagne with Swarovski crystals

Diadema Wine & Champagne is a sensory experience like no other.

Diadema Wine & Champagne, a brand of Fattoria Villa L’Olmo, a Tuscan winery reflecting centuries of traditions, has its headquarters in Impruneta, Tuscany.

At Diadema, uncompromising quality is the topmost objective, and systemic, professional direction is exercised over every step in the production process, from winemaking through to packaging.
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Francesca Furzi’s jewels

Francesca Furzi is a designer who lives in Turin and her first collection is the consequence of the road she has taken in life, her studies and the experiences that characterize her personal style.

She was born in a place where they maintain a strong connection with ancient artefacts and traditional work and craftsmanship: Tuscany.

The first collection of Francesca Furzi seeks the eternity of beauty, a search that is handed down by the antiquity, crossing the roads of the most ancient civilizations because the jewel has reached us from distant epochs.
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Sardinia to scrap tax on mega rich

The new governor of the sun-swept Italian island of Sardinia is repealing a tax on the mega rich that will benefit, among others, jet setters like billionaire Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Governor Ugo Cappellacci, the son of Berlusconi’s tax adviser, proposed a budget that repeals the tax on mooring luxury yachts and landing private aircraft on the island where the prime minister owns a holiday mansion.

The luxury taxes, which opponents said scared away the rich and hurt tourism, were introduced under the previous centre-left governor, Renato Soru, who was ousted in elections last month. Via: Reuters

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Villa Altachiara for sale

Villa Altachiara is an exceptional home situated on the Promontory above Portofino, a stunning panoramic spots on the Tigullio Gulf.

The villa, one of the loveliest oasi of charm in the world, belonged to the late rich countess Francesca Vacca Agusta.

Surrounded on three sides by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, Villa Altachiara perfumes by pine resin mingled with the aroma of the salt sea, flanked by the imperious wild beauty of the waves and the cliffs.

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Say “yes I wish” on Juliet’s Balcony

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name,/ Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love/ and I’ll no longer be a Capulet” said the Juliet of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, on her balcony in the wonderful Italian city of Verona.

Now, for everyone who has a romantic soul, there is a great chance to say “yes” and marry the love of his life on the famous balcony in Juliet’s house.

The balcony looks out over a small courtyard that can be accessed from the street by a short passageway.
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Audi Delivers first RWD R8 LMS 500HP + to Customer

The first example of Audi’s track-only R8 LMS with chassis number ‘101’ has been delivered to first lucky owner in Italy.

Overall, twelve units of the 500hp+GT3 sports car will be delivered during the forthcoming weeks to six customer teams that plan to race in five European GT3 championships as well as in the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring for which Audi Sport has developed an endurance version of the R8 LMS.

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Carla Bruni’s bed

“Luxury as excellence, luxury as exclusivity, luxury as beauty, luxury as extravagance, luxury as satisfaction of our wishes.”

These words represent the soul of Vicenza fair, an International Luxury Exhibition that takes place in Italy on March.

This year visitors can find, and a lucky one could also buy, a delicious pink bed, that belonged to a famous and very chic woman: the Italian model, Carla Bruni.

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Beckhams Borrow Clooney’s Lake Como Villa

David Beckham is borrowing George Clooney’s Italian mansion ‘to unwind’ as the transfer battle to secure his footballing talents continues.

A source in Italy had reportedly told Hello! Magazine that “George has really taken David under his wing since the transfer trouble started. At the house, David is able to get away from everything, relax and switch off in private.”

The luxurious $8million lakeside retreat, on Lake Como, is just half an hour from Beckham’s Milan base.

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