Thursday, July 26, 2007

Rome small charming hotels

Dreams really do come true at the Relais Fontana di Trevi Luxury Rooms & Suites, very centrally located in the heart of Rome, overlooking the world famous Trevi Fountain, an excellent position in the most elegant area of the "historic centre" of Rome, combining Italian tradition and excellent service. The strategic location is only moments away from the city main commercial shopping and entertainment district. In a short walk you ca reach, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Navona Square, Campo de' Fiori, the Colosseum, Vatican City and many others… Only few meters away from the heart of the shopping district next to Via Condotti, Via del Corso and more…

Relais Fontana di Trevi Luxury Rooms & Suites has a very convenient location which meets the needs of both business and leisure travellers.

All our non smoking guest rooms, are classical in style and extremely comfortable, a unique feeling of spaciousness and contemporary décor, king-size beds or twin beds, TV plasma, satellite channels, radio, mini bar, In-room digital safe, individual air conditioning, direct telephone line, writing desk, High-speed Internet connection and Wi-Fi.



Thursday, July 12, 2007

A wonderful bed and breakfast in the heart of Chianti, Tuscany

In the territory of Gaiole in Chianti, Badia a Coltibuono (click here to access the website) is the first wine resort in Chianti, opening it's doors to travellers and visitors who want to share a truly unique experience. Here it is possible to encounter the magic of a venue, to observe the slow yet intense rhythm of a 1000 year old abbey and farm and to sleep in history. Guests can rest and relax in the magnificent Italian style garden or, during the summer months, around the large open-air swimming pool. For the rest of the year, Badia a Coltibuono also has an indoor counter current swimming pool, with an annexed Turkish bath.

Badia a Coltibuono has 8 double guest bedrooms all with en-suite bathroom. Three of these are more spacious with views spanning the Valdarno valley and 5 rooms with views over the magnificent renaissance gardens. Each room has it's own unique charm, in décor and style reflecting the elegance of the surroundings.

In addition to the rooms, 2 self catering apartments are available for weekly rentals within the monastery's walls.

For around a century and a half the name and history of the Stucchi Prinetti family has been linked with Badia a Coltibuono. It was in fact in 1846 that one of the family's forbearers, the Florentine banker Guido Giuntini, acquired the beautiful Romanesque structure and the surrounding farms. Thanks to his complete dedication the entire property began to flourish and survived the second world war virtually intact.

A real experience!


Monday, July 9, 2007

"Amare la letteratura (Loving literature)"

Roland Barthes believes very strongly in the physical presence of literature and sustains that loving it "means dispelling every doubt in its present, its actuality, its immediacy [...] in the moment of reading".

In the refined location of Villa Medici various contemporary authors such as Jean-Christophe Bailly, Jean Rolin and Bernard Comment will read a selection of literature excerpts that they feel passionate about and that they will then comment on freely.

These soirées will feature the works of Rabelais, Camus, Proust and Kafka read in French with unbridled enthusiasm

Where: Accademia di Francia a Roma - Villa Medici
Address: Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1
Phone: 06 67 61 29 1
Hours: 27 Feb, 27 Mar, 17 Apr, 22 May, 10 Jul, 17 Nov h19,30
Tickets: Free entrance