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Luxury stay in Lviv

Are you searching for a destination for your next holiday? Why not Ukraine? In the magnificent city located in the north-west part of the country, there is a hotel that offers you a luxury stay in Lviv. It was used also by Portugal national football team during the European Championship in Ukraine and Poland. The country is still not so famous among tourists around the world, but it deserves for sure a visit.

There are beautiful and historical buildings and also amazing landscapes. Ukraine is a good destination for your holidays. In the western part of the country, you can see lovely cities and towns surrounded by mountains. In the eastern part, the sea is really attractive. It is not a rich country, but the population is friendly. Luxury stays in Lviv is guaranteed by this huge local hotel.

A luxury stay: the hotel in Lviv

Located in the North-West part of the country, there is Lviv. A city with about 730.000 inhabitants. It is known as the main cultural place in Ukraine. In the downtown, I tried for you the luxury Nobilis Hotel an elegant accommodation built in 2011 in an ancient and historical palace. From the facade, there are fine decorations everywhere. But entering the hall and then in the rooms, it is possible to find antique furniture and some old and peculiar artwork. This is the setting for a luxury stay in Lviv.

Space is the main feature of the room, very big. The furniture is prestigious, maybe a bit much decorated. It is close to becoming kitsch, but anyway it is like to enter the bedroom of a king. The modern equipment allows the guest to enjoy completely the luxury stay. Inside the room, there are minibar, satellite TV, desk, and Wi-Fi connection. The classical style bathrooms with bathrobes and sleepers offer a relaxing pleasure. This place has all that you need for a luxury stay in Lviv.

Amenities

The breakfast offer is very wide. Guests can find salted and sweet dishes, including raw fish, as it is typical in the region. The menu proposes international and Ukrainian cuisine. After breakfast, I suggest of course to go out and visit the beautiful city by walk. The hotel is in the center, so the main attractions are closed to the building. You can reach all of them in a few steps. Everything is located in a short walking distance. Also, this is part of your luxury stay in Lviv.

After the tour customers can use the facilities of the Nobilis Hotel. Especially in the wellness and spa and the fitness center. You can relax and take new energy. Inside the structure, there are the lounge bar, the piano bar, and the Nobilis Restaurant. The last one is an elegant place where you can taste the best recipes of the Mediterranean cuisine. In all the hotel the staff is welcoming. Because when luxury meets the local hospitality, the guest becomes a king. You will have a luxury stay in this hotel

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Petit Palais Hotel de Charme, a luxury stay in Milan

Are you planning a holiday in the fashion city of Milan? I have some advice for you regarding your stay. I have been in a small but charming hotel: Petit Palais Hotel de Charme. Around the center, it’s full of great hotels, quite big and part of famous chains. But if you want to live a unique experience this is perfect. Why? Because as a noble of the beginning of XX century, you can book a room in an old a prestigious building at 1 kilometer from the Duomo.

Its location is perfect for who wants to visit the main attractions. You can easily join the fashion neighborhood or take part in work meetings. Petit Palais Hotel de Charme is a very good example of the elegance and the luxury typical of Milan. You can live an unforgettable experience. The warm hospitality by the staff is not common, but it makes you feel a special guest.

Petit Palais Hotel de Charme: the structure

Entering the hotel guest receive a welcome from art. You can see everywhere antiques, statues, paintings, and furniture from past centuries. The State protects all the building as heritage and that is the peculiarity for each room. It is not possible to find a room similar to another. But each of them has very modern equipment. Petit Palais Hotel de Charme rooms offer Wi-Fi connection, minibar, a safe where to put the laptop. You can find also the machine for tea and coffee.

In the rooms, there are old decor and ancient artworks. But I had another marvelous surprise: breakfast. It is served in a superb dining room. You can find a great variety of food, salted and sweet. Many different types of juices and many delicious dishes. I started the day in a very good way because the waiter came to ask me what I wanted.

A nice ambiance, a great breakfast and, the kind of staff is the best way to start the day at Petit Palais Hotel de Charme. After the meal, you have the energy to go out to explore Milan or to attend your work meetings. Around the hotel, there are shops, restaurant, and bars. So you can enjoy the city and the nightlife as well.

My recommendation

The prestigious style of the rooms and the attention of the staff give the chance to guests to enter in the past world. I had the chance to live the stay in the atmosphere typical of the very important people of Milan. You feel a VIP thanks to the treatment reserved to the guests. If you will book this hotel, you will be certainly satisfied with the service and the environment. And you will go back there during your next trip to the international city, the capital of fashion.

I suggest you book a room on the upper floors. Why? Because if you are not used to the city traffic noise and your room is directly on the street, you will have difficulties. The rooms are isolated, but you can hear the cars and the ambulances. Because there is one of the main ways to a hospital. This is the only tip I want to share because for the rest I found Petit Palais Hotel de Charme very good. You won’t regret your stay.

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The castle in Milan: 1 amazing way to improve your tour in the city

In many posts, I wrote about luxury experiences in the capital of Lombardy. It is surely a city I love. Now I want to write about the castle in Milan. It is one of the main attractions of the city, also if it is not well known by most of the travelers. Art, architecture, and history are mixed in the building, that tells a lot about the capital of Lombardy. The place is located not far from Duomo square.

Starting from the cathedral you walk along Via Cordusio and Via Dante. It is 15-20 minutes away by foot. Otherwise, the underground takes you directly in front of the castle (two stops from Duomo). Well, now you have the directions, but why you should go there? Let me give you some information and impressions.

The castle in Milan: history

First of all the name: Castello Sforzesco. In English, we can translate it as Sforza Castle. Sforza was the name of the family who built it and owned it. Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan, commissioned the construction in the 15th century. The architect started to project on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification. During the next two centuries, the family enlarged the castle in Milan in order to obtain one of the largest citadels in Europe. The battles happened in the different periods made some damages and for this reason, the entire complex was extensively rebuilt between 1891 and 1905.

The first construction was made in the second part of the 14th century by Galeazzo II Visconti. It was a huge castle enlarged step by step, but it was almost all destroyed by the Golden Ambrosian Republic. Sforza wanted to recreate the structure as a symbol of its power. For this reason, the hired Filarete, an important sculptor and architect of his time. With a team of painters, after the construction of the walls, they decorated all the castle in Milan. Inside and outside.

The importance of the castle

Sforza Castle became a citadel during the Spanish domination. The governor established in the building his seat for a while before to move to the Ducal Palace. Thanks to its position, the castle in Milan was always the landmark for who ruled the city. Another reason to be the favorite place was also its size and the structure, well fortified. Inside it was possible to host a garrison made by 3,000 men. The fortification offered a lot of space, but also bastions to defend the building from the attacks.

Some battles made damages, but between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, they realized the biggest restoration. Not only of the castle but also of the medieval streets around. In particular at that time was realized Via Dante, to create a direct connection between the Sforza Castle and the Duomo. Also after the Second World War, they rebuilt some parts, but all the times they respected the original Sforza architecture.

The architecture of the castle in Milan

The shape of the castle in Milan is really interesting. It is a hexagon, in the beginning, was a pentagon, with 12 bastions added. The length is about 3 km, meanwhile, the whole area is about 26 hectares. Entering the castle you can see a big courtyard called Piazza d’Armi. In some of the small open spaces, they realized some pools as decoration. Also, the facade shows a lot of different decors to remind the main steps of its history. Let’s see a bit more in details.

The plan of the castle, now visible, is quadrangular. It has square towers and an ogival gate. Each tower has a name coming mainly from Sforza period. A huge park appears behind the complex. It is connected to the castle by a drawbridge. There are two entries: the main one is located in Piazza Castello with a fountain and the other one on the back to go to the park. The walls inside the courtyard have different paintings dedicated to the important people who stayed in the castle in Milan and about the most famous facts of the various periods.

The towers

On the main entrance external side, you can see two round towers, as requested by Francesco Sforza to the architect who built the castle in Milan. In the 14th century, they built square towers, but the Duke decided to replace them. Because those type of towers is more efficient against fire weapons. The visitors generally stops in front of the main tower, because it is part of the entrance. They called it Torre del Filarete, in honor of the architect who made it. What you see today it is a modern reconstruction.

The main gate conducts to a large court surrounded by Tower of Bona of Savoy and Rocchetta, that is an internal defensive ridotto. The Rocchetta includes the coat of arms of the Sforza family. The internal court has a portico on three sides. It has arcades constructed in the 15th century. Another court has two loggias, the smallest on the left and the bigger on the right. This one has a fresco with an elephant and for this reason, they called it Loggiato dell’Elefante. The castle in Milan is really a great example of architecture because it is a combination of different styles. Of course, very well united.

The fountain

I am not going to write a lot about it, because it is a modern construction. Just in front of the main gate, there is a fountain, with some water games. It is no so big, but nice, especially to take some pictures before to enter the castle in Milan. I let you see my picture.

Museum and exhibitions

I guess you found some answers to your curiosity about the castle in Milan, but Sforza Castle is much more. You can just have a walk in the courtyards and in the park, admiring the architecture, or enter in the rooms. Inside it is visitable the Pinacoteca, a great collection of art that includes masterpieces signed by Mantegna, Canaletto, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and other famous artists of the past. The Museum of Ancient Art counts a huge collection of weapons of different periods, a tapestry room and some funerary monuments.

The castle in Milan counts also a Museum of Musical Instruments, a small Egyptian Museum and collections of archeological finds, prehistoric items, applied ars and sculptures. The most famous is the Rondanini Pietà realized by the master Michelangelo. Experts are still working in Sforza Castle to discover frescoes, paintings, and archeological finds. The last masterpiece found in the building was in 2012: a painting of Michelangelo.

During the year the Municipality and some private bodies organize events like fashion shows, concerts and art exhibition in the different rooms and courts of the castle in Milan. So there are a lot of reasons to visit. I recommend you to explore the place when you plan a trip to the fashion capital.

Book a hotel in Asolo

Asolo is a quite popular destination for tourists and that is why to book a hotel can be a bit hard. The museums, the ancient buildings, and archeological finds are important attractions for travellers. But also the events can attract many people during the year. Then the place is quite close to Treviso and Venice, two marvelous Italian towns. This means that sometimes it can be fully booked. I want to share my experience, made twice in Asolo. I went there for some meetings and I wanted good accommodation, so I started to search among the offers.

The rates depend of course on the period. Because during some particular events and spring and summer generally, the prices are higher. In Asolo to book a hotel means to choose among different types of accommodations, included B&B, apartments, and farms. What to do? Before to go into the topic I think it is necessary to explain why this beautiful village is the perfect location for a holiday.

Asolo and the region

The area is full of history, monuments, and museums where to discover the region. Asolo it is close to the main cities and towns of Veneto. The place is far a few kilometers from the most popular mountains and it is full of amazing landscapes all around. Not only history but also art, architecture, and nature are the ingredients of the village and the surroundings. You can find a quiet place to walk in nature. The village offers you the accommodation you are searching for with the typical kindness dedicated to the tourists.

If you want to visit Venice you can easily go there. You only need half an hour by car. It is possible to use buses and trains to move, but I suggest to do it by car, it is faster. You are free to transfer when you want and you need less time than public transport. To sleep in Asolo costs less than Venice and it is quieter. These are the reasons why you can consider to stay in the village and to book a hotel there.

How to book a hotel

Asolo offers, as a tourism destination, a good variety of accommodations. There are five stars hotels to guest houses. I have been again in the same hotel, but how did I choose it? Well, I was searching for a comfortable room, close to the main square and at a good price. I like a luxury, so this influence my evaluation. When you travel for work reasons you want to sleep well and to receive the proper attention. That is why I check always luxury structures. My second criteria were related to the position. To sleep not far from Piazza Garibaldi it is a great opportunity to go to all the attractions on foot.

As I already mentioned the rates are lower than Venice, plus I add the quiet, almost impossible to be found in the city. I noticed that a five stars hotel can be quite cheap compared to other places in Veneto, but it offers a great experience. Also, I wanted a structure with a restaurant, because without a plan to out, when you are tired in the evening you can eat a few steps far from the room. I tried to check also other solutions, but most of them were not in the best position, except Hotel Duse, three stars and historical structure. I decided to book a hotel called Albergo al Sole.

Albergo al Sole

The five stars hotel is not the only one in Asolo, but it is 300 meters far from the main square. It offers a great view and it combines tradition and modernity. An old and historical building shows the tradition, also in room settings. Meanwhile, some furniture element and impeccable service are given a good experience. According to modern high standards. I already wrote in the past about this accommodation, but I want to add something more after my second visit.

The staff is friendly, they welcome the guest as people do in private houses. You feel at home, maybe also because the structure is quite small. The rooms are spacious, with a stylish setting that reminds the traditions of the past. But the equipment is modern and complete. You are in history with all the contemporary comforts. They also have a shop inside with exclusive products, as food and home design objects.

A shuttle service is available for guests. I suggest you to use the car also to explore the area. In case they provide you the permission to enter the traffic limited streets to reach the hotel and the car parking. Guests can also benefit from the luxury bikes of the hotel.

I took these pictures in September 2016.

The restaurant

Food is important in Italy and Asolo has great products. To taste the local cuisine you have to enjoy the restaurant La Terrazza. It is inside the Albergo al Sole. When you book a hotel, especially this one, you have the chance to find special offers including other services. I suggest you consider the dinner at La Terrazza. Recipes from Veneto and Mediterranean dishes are proposed according to the availability of seasonal ingredients. You can choose between fish and meat, both of them cooked with some innovation by the chef. In summer it is possible to use the terrace with a superb view of the village. They serve there also breakfast.

The food

The Emporio of the hotel has a very good oil, made a few kilometers out of Asolo. When you book a hotel in the village and you want to taste the local products Albergo al Sole can help you. I have one more tip for you about the local food. If you like to bring home some products or just to taste something while you are doing your tour, buy it from the shop.

In Via Browning, a few hundred meters from Piazza Garibaldi, there is Gastronomia Sgarbossa. A big shop with local products like oil, wines, cheese, and salami. There is a huge variety and it is an opportunity to taste the specialties. Book a hotel in Asolo will be your delicious idea.

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Hundred horizons in Asolo

Do you like mountains and amazing views? I have the solution for you: a hundred horizons in Asolo. I already introduced you this beautiful Italian village located in the Veneto region, around 50 kilometers from Venice. Now I share some information and some tips about the fortress. It was built on a Mount Ricco and now it is only partially visible. I am not describing the castle, but the Rocca of Asolo, also known as Rocca Braida. It offers an interesting structure for archeology lovers, but I suggest to all to visit it. Why? For the incomparable view.

Asolo is a medium size village, according to Italian standards, but full of history and important buildings. That’s is why you should consider to visit it. To explore the place it is better to walk because everything is close to the main square. Also to go to the fortress the best way is by foot. Meanwhile, you go up you start to enjoy the panorama. Step by step. A hundred horizons in Asolo means that you can see a special panorama. Mountains, fields, park, and villages all around you. It is a 360° view of the local setting.

Rocca of Asolo

The construction has thick and very high walls, typical of Venetian architecture of the XIV century. On the ground floor, there is the castle, where people stayed. Upstairs the positions for the guards to see potential attacks and to defend the place. Between the 80s and 90s of last century archeologists found in the basement some remains of religious buildings created in VI century. The mosaics were moved to the local museum. The origins, as you can read, are very ancient, but what you can see now is more recent.

In the fortress for a certain time, before the XII century, there were houses with some labs dedicated to the melting of metals. Now you can see the fortress built between the XII and XIII century or better its remains. The last battle was in 1510. After the locals used the structure in different ways. Also as a leper hospital. They restored it, for the last time, in 1994. They are working on it again and there is no deadline for the restoration. On the way to the fortress, you can anyway see the famous panorama: hundred horizons in Asolo.

The amazing view on the hundred horizons in Asolo

If you like archeology and military architecture you will be happy for the visit. Otherwise, focus on the panorama. A hundred horizons in Asolo concern many points, but maybe the best one to enjoy all the landscapes is Rocca Braida. 313 meters on the seal level. From there you can see a huge part of the region. From Piazza Garibaldi, the center of Asolo, you need around 15-20 minutes to walk maximum to arrive on the top of Mount Ricco. You can stop for some pictures on the way. The entrance fee is 2 euro. The price is small compared to the view of a hundred horizons in Asolo.

What can you admire from there? First of all, there are the Dolomites and Mount Grappa, beautiful mountains part of the Alps. Or better the local mountain is part of pre-Alps. You can watch the Asolo hills and its village. If you go to the fortress during a sunny day with a clear sky, you see the Venice lagoon. The panorama is incomparable. When you are on the to you can easily understand why people say Hundred horizons in Asolo. The Po plain appears in front of you in all its magnificence.

I prefer to let you watch my pictures, they should describe better than me the view and the fortress. Anyway, I precise that I took the photos in a previous visit to Asolo, it was September of a couple of years ago. The Rocca of Asolo was open. To be updated about the reopening and to enjoy the panorama you can check the website of the village. If you go to Venice include in your trip Asolo and Treviso, you will thank me for this advice, I am completely sure.

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