ITALY // SPRING ESCAPE

There is no better time to explore the magic that is Italy than in the spring and summer months. The scents, the sights, the culture and cuisine all seem to come alive that much more once the seasons change. While most tourists immediately think to spend their vacation days along the Amalfi Coast, we found solace and wonder in the magic that is Portofino. Not more than two hours from Milan, this elevated oasis awaits to transport you into an Italian dream. We recommend a thee night stay at Hotel Belmond Splendido which the dolce vita lifestyle in its highest form. This historic property sits hillside overlooking the Portofino harbor with a breathtaking view of the Italian Riviera. The property has hosted the top tier of icons from The Duke of Windsor, to Madonna, to Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg, and Hollywood royalty, Ava Gardner. (There is is even a suite dedicated to her!).  The property is just a short stroll into the town’s famous Piazzetta, but with so much glamour and tranquility, you will never want to leave.

 

Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino

Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino

Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino

Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino

 

Another fantastic option, is to take a train from Milan to Venice and experience the ancient city through the lens of Belmond Cipriani. This propriety offers nothing less than enchantment. Set on the tip of Giudecca Island you will arrive by the warmest of welcomes from Cipriani legend, Roberto, who will take great care of you and set the tone for the most glorious stay. You can dine along the water’s edge with a view of St. Mark’s Square in the distance, and while you are only a five minute boat ride away, you feel miles and miles from the tourist takeover of the main island. The property is surrounded by abundant gardens and the rooms have views that span across the waters in every direction. Another big plus? Cipriani boasts the only Olympic size salt water swimming pool in central Venice and houses a Michelin-Starred Restaurant. Truman Capote said of the special city, “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” Nothing is more true, especially when you stay at Cipriani.

 

Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venezia

 

Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venezia

 

Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venezia

Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venezia

Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venezia

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