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A luxury lunch on the lake

Last Sunday, after my work week in Jesolo, I decided to have rest and to go on my favorite lake: Maggiore. It is big, full of nice villages and towns all around and it has lovely islands in the middle. It has the capacity to make me feel very good all the times. After around 150 km. of driving from Turin, I arrived in Verbania from where I took a boat. My destination was Isola dei PescatoriFishermen’s Island ), a lovely place with around 60 inhabitants and few accommodations.

As the name suggests was in past the island where fishermen were living, but not, despite someone who is doing it, it is a piece of land in the middle of the lake where visitors can stay for a part of the day or for few days going around Lake Maggiore. Among the hotels, there is the Hotel Ristorante Verbano. It is quite famous because some important people slept there: orchestral director Arturo Toscanini, the writers Ernest Hemingway, George Bernard Shaw, and Alessandro Manzoni, the Emperor of Japan, members of the British royal family and the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.

I did not stay for the night, but I limited my experience, just because of a matter of time, to the delicious restaurant. On the menu, there is a good selection of recipes realized innovating the local tradition. The ingredients and the dishes coming from the towns around the lake are the bases of the proposed cuisine. The ability of the chef is to offer new taste and some experiments.

The main food is certainly the lake fish, served in different ways, also with pasta and rice as the first course. Anyway, that ingredient is not the only protagonist of the menu. In fact, there are many typical tastes of the surroundings. The great selection of wines is a good surprise and perfect to accompany the dishes. The waiters can always give some advice to support the guest choice.

I love rice, so I tried it and it was superb, cooked as we say in Italy ”al dente”. Then I had of course fish and a dessert that you can see in the picture. I have eaten it and it was really amazing. The food is important, but to make the meal a luxury one it is not enough. I noticed other elements there: a professional staff, kind and discrete, a very good presentation of the place and an elegant setting, not too pretentious.

I left at the end the aspect that it is visible immediately: the incomparable panorama on the lake. The guest is seated in the courtyard under the trees and in front of the water and of another small island. Even when there are many people the environment is peaceful, there is the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the meal and the company. I will return to Ristorante Verbano for sure.

After lunch, I had a walk around the island watching the old houses and the sunny lake. Then I had a trip back by boat and I went around by car and walking again in the town of Verbania, the capital of the province, and Stresa, a lovely tourist village with a small center full of good quality shops for clothes, food, antiques, and art. Stresa is as well know for music festivals.

I really had a great Sunday and I suggest you visit that area if you have the chance.

Luxury hotel in Rome: Spanish Royal Suite

Are you searching for a luxury hotel in Rome? The city is one of the favorite destinations for worldwide tourists, but there are a lot of ways to see the attractions. The ancient city is the perfect place to live the luxury, starting from the accommodation. The center of Rome is the Coliseum, but few steps far there is the neighborhood of fashion and of the most known brands, around Via Condotti. The area is famous especially because of Spanish Steps. This location is perfect for a luxury hotel in Rome.

The popular stairs, the church on the top and the Fontana della Barcaccia in the square are the most photographed attractions of the Spanish Steps from all the tourists in Rome. Some of them have the chance also to sleep close to the monuments, choosing among hotel, B&B or flats. But luxury in Rome is something special to try. Very few hundreds of meters from the fountain there is an old anonymous building that host one of the luxury hotel in Rome. It is not big but full of comfort and impeccable service.

The luxury hotel in Rome

I have been at the Spagna Royal Suite hotel, in Via Mario De’ Fiori 3. It’s a 4 star, but it has nothing to envy to 5 stars accommodation. The furniture and the interiors are opulent but made with modern and smart style. All the rooms are very different and with peculiarities that made this hotel unique, like the Deluxe with the bathtub made as a big woman shoe with a high heel.

There is a Junior Suite, the biggest room of the structure, that is a symbol of classical modern elegance. Inside there are frescos, a corner with a champagne selection and Caffè Nespresso machine. The best part, anyway, is the wellness area inside the room, with a bathtub with hydromassage Teuco, a wall for fitness and the Kinesis Technogym. A paradise for relaxation.

The best room is the Presidential Suite, in the dependence of Via Condotti, exactly in front of Spanish Steps. The luxury of the flat is really exclusive. The three bedrooms with King size beds are connected. Also, there is the use of the event room to welcome some visitors by the guests or simply to see the reunited family during the stay. 400 square meters of comfort and elegance. The experience is unique.

My experience

Among the top rooms of Spagna Royal Suite, I reserved the Royal Suite, situated in the dependence in Via Frattina. It’s a big flat, with the main bedroom, very big with street view windows. In the same room, there is access to the main bathroom. Inside there are a statue, a double shower, and a flat-screen TV. Next, to the bedroom, there is the living room with sofabed and the bigger flat screen TV. A big wardrobe is in the bedroom and in the corridor as well. Then there is the second bathroom, smaller but with a shower, and a small kitchen. It’s how to feel at home.

Spagna Royal Suite is part of the luxury brand Le Reve de Naim, a guarantee for the lovers of exclusivity. The hospitality by them is like a trip in a familiar environment dominated by perfection. That’s why I am completely satisfied with my stay. Highly recommended for who wants to visit Rome and enjoy the stay. This luxury hotel in Rome offers peace and it is discrete. The professional staff ready to answer to any need. The breakfast served in the dining room it is not huge in terms of variety, but the quality is high. Elegance and luxury are the keywords for this hotel, so you can really feel like a king.

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Nihi Sumba Island, a dream luxury hotel

Winter holidays are finishing, but maybe you need to escape from cold weather and take a break to recover your energy. Bali is a dream destination and the climate is warm all the year. Over there people can have a real luxury holiday in one of the best hotels in the world: Nihi Sumba Island. The heaven on heart can be defined the hotel in Bali, Indonesia.

It is not a common accomodation, but it’s an island with villas reserved for the guests who wants to spend a relaxing period in the middle of a paradise on the sea. Spread in the wild nature of the island there are houses made by wood, well included in the environment. In each of them there are all the comfort, wi-fi connection included. View and pool are guarantee in all mansions.

The rates of each villa in the jungle include the meals, the accomodadion, non aloholic drinks, local excursions and sea activities. Infact the guests never get bored. On the island it is possible to use the wellness area and take some yoga lessons. The Spa safari is one of the best experiences, but reserved to visitors there are surfing, fishing, excursions, paddle boarding, horseback riding, a visit to the chocolate factory and the exploration of the local culture.

If you are searching an exlcusive destination and luxury, Nihi Sumba Island is your place.


Boutique hotel in Vienna: 1 amazing place for your stay

My trip to Vienna (it wasn’t the first one) was very nice. My experience was great thanks to the superb city and also to a boutique hotel in Vienna called Altstadt. It is located in the central area, 400 meters to the historic old town. That’s the perfect position to go around by walk but also to enjoy more peace during the night. It is not my first time also in this hotel, because I like it a lot. Not only the setting and the location but also the concept.

I want to start to talk about my recent trip to Austria describing a boutique hotel in Vienna. It is not only about accommodation. Since the city is one of the favorite destinations in Europe, it is easy to find any type of hotel. I was searching for something unique, not too big and of course luxury, as usual. Altstadt Hotel satisfied all my criteria. Let me write the reasons, one by one. I had really a unique experience there.

A boutique hotel in Vienna: place and staff

I will post more about the city of the Habsburg royal courtbut now I want to focus on my accommodation. When the driver took me to the place, Spittelberg quarter, I saw a renovated historic building. One of the elegant constructions of the city. At the entrance, there was a plate with the name of the hotel, but no reception. Upstairs, there is a small office with the reception and the staff ready to welcome. This is becoming quite common for many small hotels, located on a few floors of a building.

Since I mentioned the staff, I want to say a few words about the people who work there. The group is made by young people, mainly female (I guarantee that this is not the reason why I booked a boutique hotel in Vienna). They are efficient, very kind and innovative. Yes, they built a real network with the shops and various activities of the area to give to the guest a complete experience. The staff answers easily and fast to the requests of the travelers

The rooms

Altstadt Hotel offers a modern setting in the common spaces and also inside the rooms. The style is one of the strengths of a boutique hotel in Vienna, that makes the structure unique. This is especially the case of this small luxury hotel. To describe the furniture and the decorations I can use two words: art and design. They are very well combined.

Thanks to the windows and the color of the furniture and of the walls, around the common spaces the light is really a lot. Meanwhile, in the rooms, the light is softer. But it depends on the type of room. The Italian Matteo Thun is one of the famous architect involved in the creation of this hotel.

I stayed in a single room. It is not that big, but space is more than enough. The bed is a double one, the wardrobe has no doors and umbrellas inside, and the bathroom is a good example of how a tiny space can become comfortable. The equipment includes WiFi, cable TV, cordless phone, parquet floors, and a mini-bar.

You can see some of my pictures to have an idea about the room. Also, I can add that the room of a boutique hotel in Vienna needs to be quiet. You can’t hear any noise. To reach the room you can go up by elevator or stairs in the building as a local who has a flat. Then you enter in big and long corridors with an elegant upholstery. Each detail is tidy.

Breakfast and services

I already wrote that the services are well organized and complete. Let’s see the main ones. Starting from breakfast. The first meal of the day is served in an elegant dining room with a very good buffet well combined. There are food and drinks for different tastes.

The same space is used in the afternoon. In fact, guests can have a cup of tea and a slice of cake at around 5 p.m. Something good for a sweet break during the tour. You can have it for free and seat in front of a fireplace. A boutique hotel in Vienna can’t exist without a bar. They have and it is a lovely place where to drink a glass of wine before dinner.

The staff can provide specific services, organizing a tour, suggesting where to eat or buy something and of course to prepare for meetings inside the hotel. I am not talking about a conference room, but about a room where to stay while eating or drinking with some outside guests.

It is also good to welcome some local friend or guest with a contemporary art setting, close to the main attractions of the city. Before to let you see the pictures I have to say that the prices of this boutique hotel in Vienna are not so high, especially compared with the treatment received.

Are you ready for your holiday in Vienna? Altstadt Hotel is a luxury stay. So if you are searching for a budget place or other solutions, you can check TEZ Tour. Their guide will help you to find a good hostel around the world, also in Austria. If you want to know more about the city, stay tuned. Meanwhile, check out my post about Graz.


A lake in the mountains

Piedmont offers beautiful landscapes, one of these is in the mountains over the small town of Biella, in the northern part of the region, close to Aosta Valley. I want to share with you a brief experience that I had on a lake in the mountains in Biella some time ago. I was in a place called Lake Mucrone. Mucrone is the name of the local mountain part of the Alps. On it, there is a very small but lovely lake. My suggestion is to go there if you are around the region. You can go up walking on the pathway or use the cableway. 

The Mucrone mount is 2553 meters high and it offers a marvelous view of alps and of the green area of Biellese. There are trails to walk in spring summer, meanwhile in winter, when it snows, you can also ski. Since I love to walk in nature and especially in the mountains, I have been there in the warmer season some months ago. To explain to you why I recommend a visit there if you like nature, mountains, and lakes, I will use my pictures, taken during my trip to a lake in the mountains. Before to see the pictures, let me give some more tips and information about Lake Mucrone.

A lake in the mountains: how to get there

To reach a lake in the mountains you can’t use a car, but you need it if you are not already on the place. So how can you go to Lake Mucrone? I am going to explain how I went there. I started the trip from Turin. So I used the highway to go to Biella. My exit was “Rondissone” because the first part of the highway is free. Then you drive for around 45 minutes following the signal to “Biella”. Otherwise, you can go out to “Santhià” and from there the road is almost all straight. If you come from Milan go out in “Carisio”. When you arrive in Biella follow the direction to Santuario di Oropa, an amazing monastery full of art and history, also related to the Savoia Royal Family. About this, I will write more in another post. If you go to Biella by train, then you find a bus to Oropa.

In Oropa you park the car (in Piazzale Busancano) and you choose to go up walking, you will need at least a couple of hours. But mainly it depends on your speed and on the stops you will do on the way. Follow the directions of the pathway D13. In my case, I used the cableway (the return tickets costs €12,50). I was up in a few minutes. Do you think I lost the chance to conquer the summit? Sure, I, unfortunately, did it, but I enjoyed more a lake in the mountains. Don’t expect something big, but I am sure you will like it. Then you have to walk around the mountain and not only to stay on the lakeside. 

The lake

At an elevation of 1894 m, its surface area is 0.01713 km². Of course, on a mountain, you can’t expect a big lake. Since 1800 it’s one of the major destinations for the local tourism and this place was one of the favorites of the famous painter Lorenzo Delleani, who lived between 1840 and 1908. A lake in the mountains from where starts the Oropa creek. It is a symbol of the area and inside you can also swim. Don’t forget anyway that the water is called. In one side there is a fountain dedicated to Italian sharpshooters corp, funded in Biella.

What to do there

There is a mountain retreat where you can taste the local “polenta” or just to drink something. Then you can explore Mucrone, enjoy the panorama and admire the beautiful colors of the lake and its reflections. The best time to see it is with the fog, because of the mysterious and superb atmosphere. But avoid that type of weather if you want to go around and walk. You can get really lost. Wear or at list have with you a sweater because the temperature there is always… a bit cold. Use some waterproof boots or waterproof mountain shoes. I suggest then to visit the Santuario di Oropa and if you like it also the Adventure Park and the Botanical Garden. A day to Lake Mucrone and surroundings will be good. For technical information check the cableway website.

The lake and view

Now I don’t have to write more words, because I guess the pictures can show you the landscapes better than me. I think it is a unique place and if you plan a visit to Piedmont, insert a day to Lake Mucrone, you will never regret it! Check out also my other travel experiences!