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Terme di Saturnia

settembre 30th, 2011

Immersed in one of the most evocative corners of Tuscany, the Maremma, the Terme di Saturnia Spa and Golf Resort is surrounded by hot waterfalls, light steam, Etruscan necropolises, Roman villas and medieval castles.

According to legend, Saturn, enraged by the constant wars between human beings, hurled a lightning bolt to earth which caused a deep crack in the ground, out of which sulphuric waters began to leak. Steam enveloped everything and calmed the human souls.

Whether or not the legend is true, today the spa complex is an oasis of peace and relaxation, immersed in nature. Water gushes from the rock at a flow rate of 800 litres per second and a constant temperature of 37 degrees centigrade. From a scientific point of view, the water from Saturnia is characterised by the presence of two dissolved gases, hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide, which make it particularly effective for treating skin, respiratory and muscoloskeletal disorders.

The centre around the spa has been well organised, to satisfy even the most demanding clients. It has been designed to create a sense of well-being throughout: the elegant hotel has been built fully respecting the natural environment surrounding it; you can admire works by contemporary artists in the Gallery in the pool complex; for outdoor sport lovers, there’s a prestigious 18 hole, par 72 golf course, designed by the architect, Ronald Fream.

In brief, an experience to delight all of your senses.

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CALA DI VOLPE

settembre 26th, 2011

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We return to the Costa Smeralda, once again to Porto Cervo, to present one of the most luxurious hotels in the world: Cala di Volpe.

Located in the bay of the same name on the Costa Smeralda, the Hotel was built following the model of an old village, in perfect harmony with nature. The exterior includes staggered roofs, towers, terraces, porticoes and a wooden pier which juts out into the bay.

Inside, every one of the 97 rooms and 17 suites is slightly different from the others, characterized by unique architectural details. The rooms differ by their own range of colours and include authentic pieces of Sardinian handcrafted furniture. Looking out from the large windows and terraces you can enjoy the splendid view over the bay with its emerald waters. The suites are characterized by ceramic tiles, which have been hand-baked by local craftsmen.

The Cala di Volpe Hotel also offers deluxe services to its international clientele, including a splendid Olympic-sized saltwater swimming pool, tennis courts, water sports, a putting green, a private beach and much more besides. Nowadays, as in the past, the most influential families in the world come to stay here, in order to enjoy the best of the Costa Smeralda and of Sardinia itself.

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The eclectic design of the Centurion Palace Hotel, Venice

marzo 28th, 2011

The Centurion Palace Hotel must boast some of the most stunning views in the world.

It can be found next to the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and looks directly onto the Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Square. However, when you pass through the doors in the Gothic façade, you enter a modern, dynamic hotel. Just step inside and you find yourself in a magical ambience which blends luxury with the latest fashion trends. Each room and suite is individually decorated in contemporary style, many of which have dreamy, mystical city views. The hotel is such a work of art that it deserves to be exhibited in the neighbouring Peggy Guggenheim museum.

Master craftsman Livio De Marchi

marzo 28th, 2011

Who is Livio De Marchi? An illusionist, an artist or the quintessential Venetian craftsman.

Once upon a time, in the middle of Venice, there stood an incredible gallery, where a joker magician worked, turning everything into wood. The soft folds of a jacket hanging on the wall, a pair of knickers drying on a clothesline or the luxurious curves and precise detail of a full size Ferrari F50 are not a wood carver’s usual subjects. However, Livio De Marchi’s work displays a singular contrast between subject and material that is a breath of fresh air. You may catch a glimpse of him on board one of his floating creations, which include origami paper hats, an enormous shoe, a Fiat Topolino and Cinderella’s pumpkin coach drawn by four horses.

The ancient tradition of Murano glass

marzo 28th, 2011

In 1291, due to a growing threat of fires the Venetian Serenissima Republic decreed that all glass factories must be transferred from Venice to the nearby island of Murano.

Since then, each period of history has seen a change in glass design and the principal works from each era are still being made today. However, the present-day artists also create innovative forms through which they express contemporary motifs. On display in the famous Signoretti shop are hand-made chandeliers, remarkably light drinking glasses, etched and ornamented mirrors, vases in various shapes and colours, modern sculptures and numerous other objects, all fruit of the imagination and creativity of the glass-master. Most Murano glass is made using the lampworking technique which is highly complex. The glass is made from silica, which becomes liquid at high temperatures and as the glass passes from a liquid to a solid state, there is an interval wherein the glass is soft before it hardens completely, which is when the glass-master can shape the material.