George Clooney brings Casamigos Tequila to Hotel Cipriani

Joanna Lowry | September 3rd, 2013

How does the two-time Academy Award winner like his tipple? On the rocks, no salt or lime required.

Italy, Venice

Chic Sportif at The Hotel Cipriani in Venice

Marion Hume | August 25th, 2012

Photos Courtesy of Hotel Cipriani
Some hotels are world famous because they deserve it. Some hotels stay worth the hype. Such a hotel is the enchanting Hotel Cipriani, out on the lagoon in Venice. After many years of traveling, it always makes my personal “Top 10” list, because of course, it is gorgeous, the setting looking [...]

Europe, Italy, Miscellaneous, Slideshows, Venice

The Olivetti Typewriter Showroom in Venice

Katie Lockhart | August 21st, 2011

If you love Carlo Scarpa or Olivetti typewriters then this will be your thing. A small space in Piazza San Marco (Venice) was transformed by Carlo Scarpa between 1956 - 1959 for Olivetti as their showroom. For some reason in the late 90s Olivetti moved out and a novelty shop moved in! Luckily, last year [...]

Europe, Gadgets We Love, Italy, Slideshows, Venice

Stuff We Shouldn’t Love But We Do - The Bridge of Bulgari

Marion Hume | January 8th, 2011

Photo by Peter Hunt
Call it The Bridge of Bulgari. Tourists stumbling around Venice, cameras at the ready to snap the Bridge of Sighs - so named for those prisoners dragged from the law courts in the Doge’s palace to a wretched, damp prison from which no one emerged alive - instead are being confronted by [...]

Europe, Italy, Miscellaneous, Stuff We Shouldn't Love But We Do, Stuff we Love, Venice

Where to Eat if Someone Else is Paying - The Danieli, Venice

Marion Hume | November 9th, 2010

If someone is treating you in Venice, do suggest they take you to The Danieli, where old smoothy, Roger Moore - surely the most sauve Bond if not quite the most believable secret agent - is said to have stayed. Certainly, scenes in Live & Let Die (1973) show off the hotel’s astonishing chandeliers.

The restaurant, [...]

Europe, Italy, Miscellaneous, Stuff we Love, United States, Venice, Where to Eat if Someone Else is Paying

Get Yourself A Guide - Venice

Marion Hume | October 13th, 2010

Photos by Peter Hunt
Lorenzo Scarpa is Venetian. You want dinner in a private palace? He’ll call a contessa. You want to keep up your exercise regime with a 7am run over bridges and along canals? He’ll have a sprinter who knows the city run by your side. Scarpa’s boutique company, AMS Servizi Turistici, can arrange [...]

Europe, Get Yourself A Guide, Italy, Miscellaneous, Venice

The Islands of Venice

Marion Hume | August 3rd, 2010

Photos by Peter Hunt
The bargain of Venice is the 7-day Vaporetto ticket at 50 euros - steep to start with, but terrific value if you make a point of chugging up and down the Grand Canal to all the museums (although it would take months to visit them all) and going to as many of [...]

Europe, Italy, Slideshows, Venice


Katie Lockhart | May 8th, 2007

After reading Peggy Guggenheim’s autobiography I was determined to visit her Palazzo turned art gallery the next time I went to Italy. And it didn’t disappoint - her collection was diverse and set in what was her very elegant residence in Venice. It is not often that you can get this close to [...]

Europe, Italy, Venice

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