On December 13, we returned from our latest whirlwind trip to Italy. As well as enjoying the good food and getting a little R & R, we made several “site inspections” of new or recently opened hotels. Here’s what we discovered:
ROME – Located nearby the Piazza Campo del Fiori, the new D.O.M. Hotel has just opened. Our overnight stay and site inspection revealed a new and very comfortable “gem” in an excellent neighborhood that is easy walking distance to all of the “must see”and favorite destinations. Small, elegant, and very sophisticated, the D.O.M. will certainly become one of Romes hot spots for the “in crowd”. Beautifully designed and appointed in an elegant contemporary style, the D.O.M. rooms and common areas are a breath of fresh air for the “first time” and seasoned Rome traveler alike.
PORTOFINO, SANTA MARGHERITA, CINQUE TERRE – Located on the water between the charming towns of Portofino and Santa Margherita, the Hotel Miramare met and exceeded our expectations. In the spirit of “old family style”, the Miramare feels good in every way and as comfortable as your favorite pair of bedroom slippers. A great choice for families, the property has a small and safe beach, on-site pool, and fabulous gardens all around with excellent choices of room combinations all of which overlook the gardens or sea. Miramare is perfectly located to serve as a “base camp” for the enjoyment of day trips to Portofino, the nearby town of Santa Margherita, and the hill towns of the Cinque Terre.
We enjoyed an excellent dinner and breakfast at their restaurant and found the hotel to be easy to enjoy, convenient, and superbly presented in an unassuming and unpretentious way.
TAVERNELLE VAL DI PESA (FLORENCE) – Just a 35 minute drive through the countryside side south of Florence is, without question, the quintessential Italian country villa. Castelo del Nero is perched on a hill top in the surrounded by 480 acres of rolling vineyards and olive orchards. Beautifully renovated and finished in every respect, the Castelo del Nero surprised us with balanced architectural elegance, warm and friendly staff, outstanding spa, and excellent dining. Perfectly appointed and comfortable rooms in charming surrounds everywhere made us want to return. All aspects of the Villa certainly gave us the confidence to recommend the location to our well traveled clients who are seeking a perfect alternative to being “in the city” of Florence .
VILLA DI CORA, FLORENCE – Just outside of the Porta Romana of Florence in a magnificent and noble neighborhood we arrived at the Villa di Cora. A perfectly renovated “grand” property surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens, the Villa offers a quiet neighborhood experience within walking distance of the Boboli gardens and a short taxi ride to the Centro Historico. Great room combinations, delicious restaurant, fabulous pool with food services, and elegant spa all in a quiet setting presents the Florence traveler with a great alternative to the downtown experience.
ORVIETO, UMBRIA – Just off the beaten path and 20 minutes from Orvieto is the recently opened