You can take a bus to the city and continue by public boat to your hotel, or take a motorboat straight from the airport to St. Mark's square. Alilaguna motorboats depart from the airport quite often. Tickets can be purchased at the Alilaguna desk in the arrivals area or can be bought on line. Additional information is available at www.alilaguna.com.
The hotel is tucked away in a tiny side street just a few steps from St. Mark's square. The rooms are extremely attractive and offer great comfort in the heart of Venice. The quiet rooms are air-conditioned, have direct-dial phones, mini bars, televisions, and well-equipped, modern bathrooms. All of the rooms are pleasant, some with views overlooking a small square. What makes this intimate hotel so special is the care provided by its owners, who consider guests like friends visiting their home.
Warmest lake in the Alps: Caldaro al Lago Rental car pick-up Type: Fiat Punto Evo 1.2 or similar Pick-up location: Venice Downtown Via Cortina d'Ampezzo Distance: 260 km Travel time: 4:00 h
Following an ancient route you will climb high into the Dolomites to Italy's premier ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo. From there you can take the "Grande Giro delle Dolomiti", one of the most scenic routes in the Alps, to Bolzano.
The late-medieval castle is situated on a hill between Bolzano and Lake Caldaro. The shape of the windows, doors and vaulted ceilings is typical of the Gothic style in South Tyrol. The view from the castle extends across vineyards and a neighbouring Renaissance castle to the peaks of the Dolomites. Breakfast is served on the terrace or in the Knights Hall. A swimming pool is available.
The villa is a renovated 15th century manor house set on the green hillside that overlooks Lake Garda. The stone house stands in a magnificent park called "The Garden of the Senses", where both body and mind can relax. Rooms feature fine wooden furniture, a ceiling fan and an elegant bathroom with shower. Some have exposed wood beams and wrought-iron beds.
This abbey has been converted into a hotel that is unique in Cinque Terre. In the historical rooms you will find a blend of antique furniture and modern design that creates an atmosphere of refined elegance. A private beach is only 50 metres away and the historic centre is all around the hotel. The rooms are distributed around the cloister. Guests are welcomed to enjoy the pool of the hotel next door.
Monterosso al Mare: is the largest of the five. It is the only village with a nice long span of beach right in town
Vernazza: has the most charming central square, as it is right on the water and there is a lovely church tower on one side. The ruins of a castle are on one of the hills overlooking Vernazza.
Corniglia: is the only town not immediately on the water. It is on top of its cliff and so either direction you walk from requires a steep hike uphill.
Manarola: the part of the path between Manarola and Riomaggiore is the easiest because it is paved, so you can even make the “trek” with a baby in a stroller. It is called the Via dell’Amore – the road of love.
Riomaggiore: rises away from the water at a dramatic angle, so you can get away from the water and feel like you are in another town entirely.
Just 2 km from San Casciano, this is a Renaissance villa in the Chianti area only 15 km from Florence. Overlooking the hills, it offers an outdoor pool with view of th countryside and a wellness centre with sauna and hot tub. This Villa features spacious air-conditioned rooms with beamed ceilings and free Wi-Fi. Accommodation also comes with satellite TV, a tea/coffee maker, and a large bathroom with hand-painted tiles. Breakfast is provided every morning with a large buffet that includes Tuscan specialities.
The estate has been painstakingly restored from the owners and now is an exclusive guesthouse with six bedrooms. The rooms are named after various periods of the day and night and the names are reflected in the décor. The lounge with a log fireplace and the pleasant courtyard complete the picture. Bologna is a 35-minutes drive away. Guests may simply choose to relax, read a book, go for a walk, ride a bike or play golf.
Piazza Maggiore: is one of Bologna's central squares, lined with arcades
Basilica of San Petronio: is the most important church in Bologna and it is the fifth largest church in the world
Asinelli's Tower: it is one of only a few surviving medieval towers. You can climb the steep staircase to the top for a great view of Bologna
Santo Stefano Basilica: is an ensemble of sacred buildings that forms the complex known as “the seven churches”
The Pinacoteca Nazionale: is one of Italy's best galleries with several important works of art
The arcades: Bologna is covered by arcades for almost 40 kilometres
Food: Bologna’s gastronomy is very known in Italy and in the world, the typical dishes of this region are often rated among the symbols of the quality made in Italy such as tortelli, ragù, home made pasta and parmigiano.