Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Northern Italy, Lake Como stands as an exquisite haven for couples seeking an unforgettable retreat.
With its captivating beauty and timeless allure, Lake Como offers an enchanting backdrop for romantic escapades. The serene blue waters mirror the surrounding lush hills and charming villages, creating an ambiance of tranquility that beckons couples to explore its wonders together. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of idyllic towns like Bellagio, where intimate cafés and boutique shops invite you to savor leisurely moments. Embark on private boat cruises that glide across the lake’s glassy surface, revealing hidden coves and magnificent villas that stand as testaments to timeless elegance. Indulge in the region’s culinary treasures at lakeside restaurants, where candlelit dinners offer a taste of both local flavors and international delicacies. Whether it’s a leisurely hike along the hillsides, a leisurely afternoon by the water’s edge, or a shared moment of awe at the historic villas that grace the shore, Lake Como promises a group of couples a romantic and idyllic escape filled with cherished memories.
Embark on private boat cruises that glide across the lake’s glassy surface, revealing hidden coves and magnificent villas that stand as testaments to timeless elegance. Indulge in the region’s culinary treasures at lakeside restaurants, where candlelit dinners offer a taste of both local flavors and international delicacies. Whether it’s a leisurely hike along the hillsides, a leisurely afternoon by the water’s edge, or a shared moment of awe at the historic villas that grace the shore, Lake Como promises a group of couples a romantic and idyllic escape filled with cherished memories.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Palace Hotel Como
When it was built in 1898, this remarkable property was named “Grand Hotel Plinius”; the engineer Giuseppe Salvioni drew the original project whilst the young architect Federico Frigerio designed the magnificent decoration of the top floor.
A majestic palace on the lakefront, featuring the Belle Epoque style and modern comforts, made it stand out amongst the other hotels in the city.
Como was slowly discovering its call for tourism, but sadly the two World Wars took place and the hotel closed and re-opened several times. It underwent renovation and was taken over by different owners. In 1992 the name changed to “Palace Hotel” and increased its room capacity by adding the adjacent wing – the Pianella – and also opened the Congress Centre. Since 2005 the hotel is managed by the renowned group of Villa d’Este.
Today, the two styles of the Palace Hotel perfectly combine past and present, with a glance into the future.
La Dolce Vita Culinary experience at Lake Como
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Lake Como has always been a popular retreat for aristocrats and the wealthy since Roman times, and offers many artistic and cultural gems. Famous people have or have had homes on the shores of Lake Como as it is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.
Foreigners like to experience the Dolce Vita on the lake by enjoying simple things, that most of the times we take for granted, such a cappuccino, an aperitivo in the piazza or on a terrace overlooking the lake, a cooking class with a local chef, health coach and food writer.
If you like authentic Italian cooking then this is the experience for you. With your the author and chef you be taught lessons on traditional Italian cuisine but with a modern twist – nutrition, history, culture and language – a culinary experience. The idea of the lesson is to give you the flavor of true Italian lifestyle through food, an experience for all senses.
The lesson will be held at Paola’s house, so you can truly understand the culture and passion for food. You can experience the Italian conviviality. The lesson will include a “stuzzicante” and rich aperitif with prosecco. Hands-on cooking class preparing a first, second course and dessert.
A brief discussion about the origins and nutritional properties of each of the foods will be included as well. After the lesson we can enjoy the food prepared with red or white wine. The lesson usually lasts about 4 ½ hours.
Nestled in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna beckons a group of couples to experience a captivating blend of rich history, delectable cuisine, and charming ambiance.
Known as “La Grassa” (The Fat One) for its culinary delights and “La Dotta” (The Learned One) for its prestigious university, Bologna offers a multifaceted retreat. Wander through the city’s historic streets and piazzas, where medieval architecture and vibrant markets create a picturesque backdrop. Couples can explore the iconic Two Towers, Asinelli and Garisenda, standing as sentinel symbols of Bologna’s heritage. As the sun sets, the city’s enchanting glow adds an extra layer of romance to leisurely walks along portico-lined avenues, hand in hand.
Bologna’s culinary scene is a true feast for the senses, inviting couples to embark on a culinary journey through traditional trattorias, bustling food markets, and elegant restaurants. Delight in the region’s famed specialties such as handmade tortellini, rich ragù sauce, and succulent mortadella. Savor wine tastings in nearby vineyards, indulging in the finest local vintages, and experience the time-honored art of gelato-making as a sweet treat for your journey.
For couples seeking artistic inspiration, Bologna’s museums and galleries showcase masterpieces that span centuries, while the city’s warm and inviting atmosphere encourages shared moments of exploration and discovery. From the charming streets to the sumptuous flavors, Bologna promises a group of couples an immersive and romantic Italian escape that captures the essence of la dolce vita.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Grand Hotel Majestic
The Grand Hotel Majestic “già Baglioni”, the oldest and most prestigious hotel in Bologna, sits in the heart of the city on Via dell’Indipendenza, within walking distance of Piazza Maggiore and the famous Due Torri.
The 106 rooms have a mix of antique furniture with modern amenities, a perfect blend of classic Italian style, elegance and hospitality. The 4th floor refurbishment has enriched the hotel with a new range of Junior Suites and Deluxe Room. The style in this case is classic eighteen century classical French.
The hotel is famous for its I Carracci Restaurant with its frescoes, which is rightly regarded as among the most sophisticated and elegant in Bologna. This is a place where you may enjoy the traditional recipes of the Emilia region whilst seated under authentic Italian masterpieces. Our new “Enoteca Morandi” with a well-stocked cellar provides a wide range of fine Italian and foreign wines to complement a traditional and “rustico” regional menu.
I Carracci Restaurant has recently been rewarded with the prestigious Three Forks Micheline and included in the last Espresso Italian Restaurants Guide.
Exclusive destination of “taste” where our discerning clients can find the traditional recipes of the Emilia Romagna’s cuisine in an atmosphere unparalleled in contact with masterpieces of Italian art. This wonderful museum is among the highest expressions of the fifteenth-century painting and shows the wonderful frescoes of the school of the Carracci brothers. The Chef, with a prestigious curriculum at major Restaurants, propose a traditional Bolognese menu flanked by innovative proposals.
Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, invites couples to embark on a journey through art, history, and romance. Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, this enchanting city is a tapestry of architectural marvels, cobbled streets, and a vibrant cultural scene. As you wander hand in hand along the Arno River, the iconic Ponte Vecchio captures the essence of Florence’s charm.
Explore world-renowned museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery, where masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci come to life, inspiring moments of awe and admiration. Climb the soaring dome of the Florence Cathedral, or Duomo, for panoramic views of the city’s terracotta rooftops and rolling hills that stretch into the horizon.
Indulge in the flavors of Tuscan cuisine as you dine al fresco in intimate trattorias, savoring dishes like Florentine steak, handmade pasta, and locally produced wines. Delight in leisurely strolls through the bustling Mercato Centrale, where vibrant stalls brim with fresh produce, aromatic spices, and delectable pastries.
As the sun sets, the city’s golden hues and soft twilight invite you to partake in a romantic passeggiata, an evening stroll through Florence’s charming streets, creating memories that will linger long after your journey has ended.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Brunelleschi Hotel
Amongst all the various hotels in Florence, Brunelleschi Hotel is the only one that was created within a circular Byzantin tower of the 6th century and a medieval church, entirely reconstructed with a special care for maintaining the original characteristics of the two buildings.
Brunelleschi Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Florence, Italy. It is named after Filippo Brunelleschi, the renowned architect known for designing the dome of the Florence Cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore). The hotel’s location is excellent, situated just a few steps away from major attractions such as the Florence Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria, and the Uffizi Gallery.
This boutique hotel offers not only 2 restaurants, a private museum, 3 meeting areas, a gym and 96 rooms and suites, but also the possibility to reach the city center on foot: as we all very well know, one can truly appreciate the beauty of Florence only walking around and enjoying everything that the city has to offer architectural and monuments-wise.
Experience the enchanting city of Florence from the captivating perspective of the romantic Arno River. Escape the city bustle and let the glowing, panoramic views of Florence from the water take your breath away. Bring your camera to capture the magic of this unforgettable journey!
Your 1.5-hour tour commences at Ponte alle Grazie, where you’ll meet your friendly “renaiolo,” the Florentine gondoliere, and embark on a picturesque and relaxing adventure. Sail past the historic Pescaia di San Niccolò and the charming Pescaia Santa Rosa, two waterfalls that have gracefully regulated the river’s flow since the Middle Ages.
As you glide beneath the iconic Ponte Vecchio, gaze up at the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor, offering a unique and mesmerizing perspective. Your boat will gracefully float along the Arno, revealing Florence’s grand palaces and fascinating towers, providing you with once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities.
Your barchetto will continue its artful journey, passing by the Church of the Holy Apostles and the elegant Palazzo Corsini. Your renaiolo will point out the beloved Santa Trinita Bridge, revered by Florentines. You’ll venture to the San Frediano district, where you’ll be captivated by river-front views of the stunning church of San Jacopo Soprarno.
As your boat approaches Ponte alla Carraia, the time will come to bid farewell to the serene waters and return to the land, leaving you with cherished memories of the reflecting horizon and the bright sky. This unforgettable experience is sure to deepen your love for Florence, leaving an indelible mark on your heart.
Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Tuscany, Cortona exudes an irresistible romantic charm that beckons couples to embrace its enchanting ambiance. With its cobbled streets winding through ancient stone buildings, Cortona transports you back in time, creating an idyllic backdrop for shared moments of intimacy. The town’s stunning hilltop setting allows couples to gaze upon sweeping vistas of the lush Val di Chiana and the shimmering Lake Trasimeno, offering countless opportunities to steal away for private, awe-inspiring views as the sun paints the sky with hues of gold and rose. Whether savoring a candlelit dinner in a cozy trattoria, strolling hand in hand along centuries-old walls, or sipping local wine at a charming outdoor cafe, Cortona envelops lovers in an atmosphere that resonates with passion and romance, making it an ideal destination for creating cherished memories together.
Cortona’s romantic allure is further enhanced by its artistic heritage, as the town has inspired countless poets, painters, and writers throughout the ages. The intimate Piazza della Repubblica, framed by historic buildings and the impressive Palazzo Comunale, provides a charming setting for leisurely walks, stealing kisses beneath ancient archways, and sharing whispered promises of love. Couples can explore the Etruscan remains that evoke a sense of mystery and connection to the past, or they can simply lose themselves in the labyrinthine alleys that reveal hidden corners and intimate squares where time seems to stand still. With its fusion of captivating scenery, cultural richness, and intimate settings, Cortona offers a haven where couples can rekindle their passion, celebrate their love, and create a tapestry of romance that lingers in their hearts forever.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Relais La Corte dei Papi
Relais La Corte Dei Papi, a serene haven nestled a short distance from Cortona in Tuscany, cradled within rolling hills, offers a harmonious blend of culture and tradition. This authentic Tuscan villa, dating back to the 1700s, exudes an aura of tranquillity, tempting you with its exquisite culinary offerings and embracing you in the elegance of bygone eras.
At this idyllic retreat, the Papi family’s legacy is celebrated, as generations have lovingly preserved and recently restored the residence’s original charm under the care of David and Gabriella. Amidst olive and pine trees, the expansive grounds encompass a delightful swimming pool and a splendid restaurant.
First Stop: San Gimignano (10:15 – 11:45AM)
Discover San Gimignano, a Tuscan treasure that has retained its authenticity and history through meticulous restoration. Admire the Romanesque and Gothic architecture, especially the 14 iconic towers that stand as a testament to its medieval past. Wander through museums showcasing Italy’s 14th and 15th-century artworks, then experience the enchanting inner city walls, revealing layers of its medieval heritage.
Second Stop: Siena (12:30-2:30PM)
Uncover the allure of Siena, known as the Treasure of Tuscany, where medieval charm and captivating architecture harmonize. Explore the grand Palazzo Pubblico, a 14th-century marvel housing the Civic Museum, and ascend its tower for panoramic views. Admire the Gothic cathedral adorned with Renaissance frescoes, and indulge in Siena’s local wines and cuisine, immersing yourself in authentic Tuscan flavors.
Final Stop: Lucignano (3:00-4:00PM)
Experience the timeless beauty of Lucignano, a captivating village with concentric streets that whisper tales of medieval planning. Explore the Square of the Tribunal, where elegant churches and historic stone structures stand. Visit the remarkable Town Hall and its museum, home to classic artworks like the iconic Golden Tree. Lucignano’s rich history and artistic treasures make it a mesmerizing destination at the heart of Tuscany.
(Lunch reservation is optional)
Embark on an enchanting journey to the captivating Marche region in Italy, nestled between the stunning Adriatic coastline and the rolling Apennine mountains. Discover an idyllic setting for an unforgettable couples’ retreat where you’ll immerse in rich culture, exquisite cuisine, and breathtaking landscapes.
Your adventure begins with a warm welcome to charming medieval towns, inviting you to wander hand in hand through cobbled streets, absorbing the local way of life. Delight in leisurely strolls through bustling markets, connecting with the heart of Marche through artisanal crafts and regional specialties.
Indulge in the region’s culinary treasures as you savor traditional dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Share intimate meals in cozy trattorias and elegant restaurants, complemented by Marche’s renowned wines.
Explore panoramic vistas from rolling vineyards to serene coastal scenes, with pristine beaches along the Adriatic Sea for relaxation and invigorating hikes in the rugged Apennine mountains.
With a curated blend of cultural immersion, gastronomic delights, and natural wonders, forge lasting memories and deepen connections amidst the enchanting beauty of Marche, Italy.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Osteria dei Segreti Resort
Resort in the greenery of Macerata
At the Osteria dei Segreti, in one of the sweetest and most evocative landscapes of central Italy, in the heart of the Marche region and a few kilometers from the sea and from Macerata , you will find a place where you can rediscover silence, peace, well-being and tranquillity, relaxation and why not, even yourself.
In a large, skilfully renovated farmhouse, our only concern is to offer you unforgettable moments, away from stress and noise. Complete with restaurant, hydromassage pool and brand new spa , the Osteria dei Segreti has comfortable standard, superior and elegance rooms, ideal for spending sweet moments of relaxation in the Macerata countryside.
Embark on a private sailing adventure in Numana, where you’ll get a firsthand experience of traditional sailing boat rigging and maneuvering, even having the chance to take the helm yourself. Spend a day on the water, discovering the scenic beaches and bays of Numana, with snorkeling equipment provided for your convenience.
Highlights of the excursion include passing by Spiaggia Urbani, Sirolo’s renowned beach, Spiaggia di San Michele, the largest beach in Sirolo, and Spiaggia dei Sassi Neri, known for its pristine white pebbles and clear waters. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the famous Beach of the Two Sisters, a secluded pebble beach beneath Monte Conero that can only be reached by boat. Another highlight is Gulls Beach, a stunning and isolated cove along the Conero Riviera. As you sail, you’ll also pass by Portonovo, a historic bay that has served as a mooring point for sailors for centuries, making for a memorable and educational sailing journey.
Back to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, for a night at the Novotel Firenze Nord Aeroporto Hotel before your flights home tomorrow. The hotel includes a pool, Novotel Cafe restaurant, Le bar Novotelcafe, and is conveniently located a few blocks from the airport.