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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Umbria. Exclusive stay in Spoleto

Palazzo Leti is an historical residence brought back to life and to its original ancient beauty after a long and careful restoration. Our dream is to provide people with a place to stay that is not just an hotel but also a lovely peaceful location in the historical heart of Spoleto and middle of nature. The Historical Residence consists of 12 rooms, all of which are decorated with warm lightly coloured fabrics and organza. Each room, with its unique architecture, colour and decor is reminiscent of a noble room of the past. All rooms have a view of the sacred mountain of the Spoleto valley "Monteluco", which evokes the peace and the harmony of the hermits that once lived there.

The beautiful residence of the noble Leti family is located in the historic centre of Spoleto. The Residence was built shortly after the medieval city walls were constructed (1292) using, in part, a pre existent Roman structure which you can still see walking along Via delle Felici. Recent restoration has revealed an important architectural, environmental and historic heritage not to mention a garden that has been restored in classic "Italian garden" style. It is notable for containing many kinds of marble from different eras including a Sansi coat of arms. From the garden one can admire the beautiful view of Monteluco and some of Spoleto's most important monuments including the Rocca Albornoziana, and St. Peter's Church.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Pisa Surroundings Villas

The Relais dell' Ussero at the Villa della Seta di Corliano is on the road which runs along the foot of the hills from Pisa to Lucca, passing through the small town of San Giuliano Terme. The Villa is a historical fifteenth century mansion surrounded by a centuries old park. It is a property of great charm in which the owners offer, in 12 rooms, a relaxing stay immersed in the beauties of the local countryside. Guests, if they like, can join in the day to day activities of the villa. They can have relaxing strolls in the park, potter around in the gardens, chat or have dinner with the owners in the farmhouse of the villa - today a high class restaurant - and attend any of the events arranged at the villa (parties - meetings etc.).

The Villa della Seta at Corliano is a "Palazzo of Gentlemen, with a staircase out front, with a gallery at the main door, with a spring and surrounding land for the use of the aforesaid palazzo" which the Florentine Vincenzo Pitti described as "the most beautiful mansion that there is near Pisa" in the first half of the seventeenth century. The Villa has hosted many illustrious guests such as Gustavus III of Sweden, Christian II of Denmark, the Royal Family of Great Britain, Benedict Stuart Cardinal of York, General Murat, Luigi Buonaparte, Paolina Borghese, Carlo Alberto of Savoy, the poets Byron and Shelley, and various other personages from the history books.

Legend has it that in the Villa della Seta at Corliano along the road running at the foot of the mount between Pisa and Lucca, there still moves the apparition of Teresa della Seta Bocca Gaetani, of famed beauty, descendant of an ancient Pisan family and given in marriage, in 1755, to the Count Cosimo Baldassarre Agostini.It seems that the noblewoman appears every now and then in the rooms of the mansion, moving tapestries and ornaments. Other times she has been known to slam doors and open windows. Some of the local peasants recall her arriving on certain nights by the light of the full moon. She appears on the drive of the park leading a coach and six, and then stops on the bend of the Ragnaia (“Cobweb corner”, so-called from the old name for the nets that hunters formerly used in the woods to capture small birds) to cast a glance towards the home where she once lived happily.The ghost, obviously of good nature, has been heard other times hurrying along and giggling in the underground passages of the villa, beneath the large wine cellars. The years go by and stories are told and retold, and there are still those who recall the evening in which there was the sound of an almighty clatter as one of the crystal chandeliers of the hall crashed to the floor. Those present dashed to the hall, only to discover on arriving there, that the chandelier was very much in its place. And still today odd episodes occur …

Enjoy ....,

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Assisi Country Inn and Spa

The new Resort & Spa San Crispino is the perfect place to stay if you love nature, wellness and relax: the Resort is located in Tordandrea, only 5 km from Assisi and it is completely embedded in the unspoilt Umbrian countryside; at the same time, you are very close to Tordandrea and Castelnuovo di Assisi and the most important art cities in Umbria are very easy to reach. The exclusive indoor Spa is perfect to heal your body and mind with our special beauty treatments, sauna, gym, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, chromotherapy.


The Resort has 9 double bedrooms and 2 suites decorated with antique furniture and refined country style curtains and fabrics. All the rooms are named after plants and flowers of the ancient officinal tradition…you will find the Lavandula officinalis, the Calendula officinalis, Salvia officinalis…

Guests can spend some time in our elegant lounge with library or walk in our huge garden with swimming-pool and enjoy a unique view of Assisi. Refined massage rooms immersed in our green garden will be the perfect setting for your time of relax.

Wellness, relax and culture close to Assisi !

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Agritourism in Asciano, Tuscany

We are glad to list this new accommodation, beautifully immersed in the Crete Senesi country side, in the territory of Asciano.

Podere Scurcoli - A nice country Inn in a quiet corner of Siena's countryside
In a quiet corner of Siena's countryside, approximately midway between Rapolano Terme and Asciano there is Podere Scurcoli. The farmhouse is composed of two stone houses on top of a hill surrounded by 70 hectares of well kept grounds with a small lake for fishing. Situated in one of the last natural intact paradises in Tuscany, the farmhouse has a stunning swimming pool with a very panoramic position overlooking the famous "Crete Senesi" area and a solarium area with beach umbrellas and deckchairs.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Historic Palaces in Venice

Many historic palaces and aristocratic houses have open their doors to hospitality. The Venetian Palaces are the nicest examples of this kind of accommodation. This is because of the charm of the city itself, because of the architecture of each of them, because in Venice everything is nicer and everything seems more important and unique.

Here we want to put to your attention a few of these accommodation we list in our website: each of them is a possibility to experience Venice and to breath a old past time atmosphere.

At Home a Palazzo

"At Home A Palazzo" is situated in Venice, on the third floor of Ca´Pesaro Papafava, noble 14th century palace, recently renovated, very large, around 500 metres squared. The east wing is reserved for guests, the rooms are bright with a wide view over neighbouring houses. It is situated before the Abbazia della Misericordia and the Scuola Grande della Misericordia - Boat No. 1, Ca´ d´Oro halt (2 minutes on foot). The ground floor entrance hall has also a door overlooking the waterway, hence the possibility of mooring water taxis. The bed and breakfast offers high quality service, refined, exclusive yet warm atmosphere.

Palazzo Berlendis

Right in the heart of Venice, just beside the Beggar's Bridge, in the New Foundations ("Fondamenta Nuove") part of the Sestiere of Cannaregio, you will find the Seventeenth-Century Merati-Berlendis Palace building, which is a national monument. It still has a rich and elegant series of stuccoes, the work of the Swiss Ticino sculptors Abbondio Stazio and Carpoforo Tencalla. Here, you can have the holiday of your dreams in Venice, the most wonderful of homes whose inhabitants have included Friedrich Nietsche for as many as four years. Here you will find all the charm of Venice summed up: all its history and its breathtaking beauty.

Palazzo Foscarini

Palazzo Foscarini is situated on the Canale Santa Margherita and faces the beautiful façade of the Church of Santa Maria dei Carmini. The Palace was built by the Foscarini family and remained in their possession until the fall of the Republic. As members of the Venetian Nobility, they are particularly remembered for having provided the city with one of the last important Doges- who was also a noted man of letters. Today, it still boasts a number of remarkable artistic and architectural features which bear witness to its noteworthy history; these can be found both on the exterior of the building and within the individual apartments.

Enjoy your stay in Venice and experience this unique city from the history of its buildings.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Maranello, Ferrari

Somebody understands the meaning of a red passion..... . You are going to visit Italy, you shouldn't miss one of its contemporary symbols. We are talking about Ferrari of course.

If right today, after 90 wins, 1354 points and seven world championship titles, Michael Schumacher has announced he will retire at the end of this season, we have one more reason to go!

Maranello: that's it. A small village close to Modena. Here you have the myth.

Here you have a couple of bed and breakfast close to Maranello (and distances to the town).

Il Borgo Antico - Savignano sul Panaro
(distance: 14.6 km)

Casa della Maestà - Nonantola
(distance: 21.9 km)

La Piana dei Castagni - Rocca di Roffeno
(distance: 28.8 km)

B&B Via Punta 8 - Bologna
(distance: 30.5 km)

La Casa dei Gessi - Pianoro
(distance: 40.9 km)

Lodole B&B - Monzuno
(distance: 42.1 km)

Here you have a few practical info about the Ferrari museum in Maranello:

Opening hours
Galleria Ferrari is open every day from 9.30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - from 1st May to 30th September extended opening untill 7:00 p.m.

Full ticket: 12.00 euroChildren aged 6-10: 8.00 euroFerrari Club members, Students, over 65, company CRAL: 10.00 euro

Tel: +39 0536 943204 - Fax: +39 0536 949714 - E. mail:
Address : via Dino Ferrari, 43 - 41053 Maranello (Mo)

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New Venice bed and breakfast - At Home a Palazzo

Loacted in the heart of Venice, this nice bed and breakfast is in the Cannaregio District. Part of a noble 14th century historic palace, this B&B is a quality choice for your bed and breakfast stay in Venice.

At Home a Palazzo
"At Home A Palazzo" is situated in Venice, on the third floor of Ca´Pesaro Papafava, noble 14th century palace, recently renovated, very large, around 500 metres squared. The east wing is reserved for guests, the rooms are bright with a wide view over neighbouring houses. It is situated before the Abbazia della Misericordia and the Scuola Grande della Misericordia - Boat No. 1, Ca´ d´Oro halt (2 minutes on foot). The ground floor entrance hall has also a door overlooking the waterway, hence the possibility of mooring water taxis. The bed and breakfast offers high quality service, refined, exclusive yet warm atmosphere.

Choose your charming bed and breakfast in Venice with Italia Lodging

Siena Hotels

Finally we are able to offer at least two nice and charming hotels in Siena.

If you are able to find a wide range of accommodation in Tuscany and in the surroundings of this fantastic city, the selection of Hotels in the city of Siena itself has been a problem for us at Italia Lodging for a long period.

The city which is home to the famous "Palio" horse race and a historic home to artists, the archetypal art city, Siena is without any doubt one of the nicest cities in all of Italy.

Here you have short overview of our hotels in Siena:

The charming Hotel & Apartments Borgo Grondaie, built out of an old Tuscan farm, just two kilometres out of Siena centre, was completely renovated in 2001. Although it's rural and rustic setting, Borgo Grondaie offers guests all the facilities of a modern hotel. Located in the middle of a secular park, it's a perfect base to visit Siena and for day trips in the Wine Region. The accommodation is partly hotel with rooms, and partly residence with independent apartments

Santa Caterina Hotel, a small and comfortable accommodation in the heart of Siena, near Piazza del Campo. The Hotel Santa Caterina in Siena, obtained by transforming an 18th century patrician villa into a small cosy hotel is situated just a few metres away from " Porta Romana " one of the medieval gate entrances to the historical centre of Siena. The wide and luxuriant garden where breakfast is served in the veranda offers a beautiful view over the splendid Sienese landscapes. All the rooms are furnished as the lounge in the typical ancient Tuscan style

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Rome Zoo: A Moral Dilemma

An interesting curiuosity:

Rome, August 30 - A baby giraffe born unexpectedly at Rome's zoo this month is to be transferred to a nature reserve in Africa, officials at the Rome Biopark announced on Wednesday .

Under a strict policy imposed by the city council, wild animals at Rome's zoo are never allowed to reproduce on the grounds that their young will be forced into an unnatural lifestyle .

Most of the animals that the zoo hosts were born elsewhere and then 'rescued' by the zoo authorities at a certain point in their lives .

In line with this policy two female giraffes were transferred last June from an overcrowded zoo in the Czech Republic. It was not known at the time that one of them was pregnant .

Giraffes who are expecting babies do not become noticeably fatter, so it was complete surprise on August 13 when a baby, weighing 70 kilos and measuring 170 cm from hoof to horns, was born. That left the zoo authorities with the problem of what to do with an animal they believed it unethical to keep .

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