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Heaven by the lake of Como

gennaio 26th, 2012

Villa La Cassinella is one of the fabled properties of Lake Como, the only private villa sharing the Punta di Lavedo with Villa Balbianello and offering its unique and suggestive view of the Lake Como’s Gold Coast. The estate has grace and movement, beckoning to a life of intimacy and refinement. At Villa La Cassinella, the stories and fantasies of the past come to embrace what the discriminating traveler is seeking in this busy and pressing world, an oasis of unblemished beauty, tranquility and service.

The exceptional equilibrium of fine design, rich appointments, six-star amenities and unparalleled service that defines today’s Villa La Cassinella is resetting the bar in the high stakes game of fabulous villas on Lake Como. Emerging from a deep renovation of three years constant work, complete with the moving of 2500 metric tons of stone and the creation of a 50 square meter room to house the large-capacity infrastructure for utilities, Villa La Cassinella is the sine qua non of rentable villas on the Lake.

Villa La Cassinella is understood to have been built sometime from the 1880′s to 1926 and originally was not a villa at all. The name Cassinella comes from the casine, a word in Como dialect to mean barns or stables where animals live. You can see many dotting the lower reaches of Como’s mountain slopes, simple isolated buildings surrounded by farmland even today. The original casine of the name is now an elegant curving porticoes living room and dining room from which you can enjoy a southeast view over the villa and its gardens to the Lake.

Research at the local town hall has not turned up much by way of detail on the Villa’s history except that the important owners were Comasco industrialists who, in the 1960’s had the brilliance to create around the property the exceptional gardens that remain today. This stunning 3 hectares of trimmed and tapered cypress trees, clipped boxwood hedges, vines of wisteria and jasmine, flowering dogwoods, azaleas, plus tree peonies and roses is a perfect match for the dynamic interest provided by the four structures, numerous terraces and multiple footpaths of Villa La Cassinella. Together they provide all manner of opportunity for really enjoying all the curves and panoramic moments of this idyllic landscape. Reading, drinking, talking or dozing in a courtyard shaded by a plane tree whose canopy has been turned into a perfectly round and almost flat leafy umbrella by sheer dint of some exceptional pruning is something you must come to Villa La Cassinella to enjoy.

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Tuscany Charming residence – Montepulciano

gennaio 6th, 2012

Montepulciano

In the breathtaking countryside of one of the most enchanting area in the world , there is a house , a splendid private residence , where you can truly connect your soul with nature . Peace, charm and relaxation will materialize during your stay and will never leave you .


An exclusive private house , located half a mile from the center of Montepulciano , 1800 square feet on 2 levels , 3 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms , a large living room and a fully equipped kitchen . Air conditioning throughout , satellite TV in each bedroom and in the main living room , Wi-Fi high speed internet connection . A fitness room with new machines from Techno gym includes a separate bathroom . Pool terrace , with sun deck and private gazebo ( Exclusive use of the pool terrace , on request )
The property includes 3 hectares of land including 200 olive trees , 60 fruit trees and private walking routes surrounded by old cypresses.

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Contemporary combined with the history – Sicily

dicembre 16th, 2011

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The island of Favignana, called Aegusa by the Romans (Pliny 23-79 AD), is an enchanting and mythical place, bathed in extraordinary light giving intense color to the landscape, and caressed by warm breezes from Africa. This is an untamed island of superb natural beauty where you can lose yourself while experiencing the transparent turquoise sea, enjoying the flavors and scents reminiscent of Mediterranean traditions and delicious regional cuisine.

The island is undulating and has innumerable white sandy beaches and spectacular coves with easy access to crystal clear water. Favignana’s flat expanses make it an ideal place for cycling and visiting the island in a relaxed fashion.

Favignana’s proximity to the mainland of Sicily (20 minutes by hydrofoil) affords guests an opportunity to visit numerous attractions in the vicinity: Palermo, Erice, Marsala, Mozia, Segesta, Scopello to name but a few, and the other islands, Levanzo and Marettimo, that make up the Egadi archipelago of which Favignana is the largest.

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Castiglion del bosco – Superb Tuscany

novembre 23rd, 2011

Definitely one of the most famous landscapes all over the world. Full of history, arts and culture. Lands capable to produce finest and noble wine by grapes inspired by the flavor of the natives. There is no better place for the Ferragamo family, part of the history and culture of Tuscany, to bless their belonging realizing 4500 acres of charm and beauty building a property called “Castiglion del Bosco”.

Located in the most picturesque areas of the Estate are twenty 17th and 18th century Tuscan farmhouses that once supported the Estate’s traditional agricultural activities. Nine of these homes, ranging in size from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet, have been transformed into luxurious Villas for the exclusive use of Castiglion del Bosco Club Members and Resort Guests. Some are tucked away in the forest, others overlook vineyards and olive groves, a few nestle inside the Borgo and one sits proudly next to the castle ruins, but all enchant with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside.

While each Villa is unique, they are unified by a décor which channels the heritage and the rich colors of the surrounding Sienese landscape. Through the careful selection of materials and furniture, from antiques and special items created by local craftsmen to fabrics made of the softest natural fibers, each Villa combines respect for local traditions with cosmopolitan elegance and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

All Villas feature gorgeously landscaped lawns and gardens, and each one has a heated outdoor pool in natural stone. A pergola-covered barbeque terrace and well-equipped kitchens crafted by leading Tuscan designer Riccardo Barthel provide luxurious culinary play spaces for Members and Guests, who may also elect to have a personal chef prepare in-villa meals. Each villa features discreetly hidden, state-of-the-art communications and home entertainment technology, including LCD TVs, Wi-Fi internet and iPod stations. Additional comforts found at many of the Villas include a pool house, guest house, tennis court, extra bedroom for in-villa staff and original outdoor wood-burning ovens. In restoring the Estate’s Villas, great attention has been paid to design and details to ensure Tuscan authenticity and the highest level of comfort.

Golf at Castiglion del Bosco blends the magnificent Tuscan landscape and the playing challenges of a Tom Weiskopf-designed, 18-hole championship course. After an exhilarating round, Members and guests can enjoy the hospitality of the Club House, which features a pro shop, bar and Tuscan Griglia. Troon Golf, a world leader in luxury golf management, oversees the golf program.

While winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco has been a craft for centuries, until fairly recently the vineyards were cultivated solely for personal consumption by each family living on the Estate. Today, Castiglion del Bosco wines are consistently recognized for their excellence.

As one of the founding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the organization that regulates and controls the quality of Brunello production, Castiglion del Bosco introduced the world to its exemplary vintages through the emergence of a commercial operation in the late 1950s. In 2004, acclaimed international Wine Master Nicolo D’Afflitto took command of winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco, along with locally trained enologist Cecilia Leoneschi. Under their careful direction, the Estate is yielding more modern Brunellos that are attracting critical acclaim.

The fundamental goal of winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco is to remain faithful to the land and the characteristics of the grapes. Everyone at Castiglion del Bosco has the unique opportunity to help contribute to this goal and participate in all aspects of the vinification process, from picking and sorting to bottling and tasting. Other Membership privileges include a spectacular Members-only dining and tasting room, personal wine storage lockers within the Cantina, an annual allotment of Castiglion del Bosco wines and grappa and invitations to exclusive wine events. Guests of Il Borgo also enjoy special opportunities to engage in the winery experience.

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Portofino

settembre 27th, 2011

Throughout the world, Portofino stands for beauty, elegance and exclusivity. Its single, splendid bay is set amongst the verdant headland of the same name. Although it began life as a Ligurian fishing village, Portofino is today one of the most renowned tourist destinations in the world.

As early as 1889, Guy De Maupassant was struck by its natural simplicity and described the hamlet as “a small village which opens out like a crescent moon around this calm basin”. The tall, coloured houses arranged in a semicircle around the famous Square are very distinctive.

In the ‘60s, the rich and famous from the Dolce Vita began to frequent Portofino, attracted by its sunsets, exclusive parties and splendid views, which made the place ever more famous. Today, the thing which strikes you most is that this marvellous natural amphitheatre, which hosts exclusive guests, extraordinary yachts and famous sailing competitions, still retains an atmosphere of tradition and craftsmanship.

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