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Villa Spalletti Trivelli
There can be no finer place in Rome to stay than the Villa Spalletti Trivelli. It is the elegant family palazzo of a Roman Count and Countess. Neighbours include the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, whose 17th-century Palace is just across the leafy park. The Trevi Fountain is a stroll away. Italian aristocrats on Roman holidays love to stay here, in the cultural heart of their own capital city: it is every inch a home-from-palatial-home, a salmon pink mansion from where everything takes on extra resonance: the joy of a performance of Verdi at the Teatro dell’ Opera; the spectacle of the Coliseum lit by a rising moon; dinner beside the Pantheon; a picnic by the River Tiber; a feast of fine art in the footsteps of Bernini. Explore Rome at its most magical, after dark. Then return to your palazzo, to be welcomed home, no matter what time of day or night. And, as a Member of CountryClubuk, you receive exclusive rates, saving you . . . more

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Grand Hotel De La Minerve
For an historic Roman holiday in the centre of the artistic, historical, religious and architectural riches of the Eternal City, you will love the five-star Grand Hotel De La Minerve.

This 17th-century palazzo might easily be considered to have the best location in Rome—just yards from the Pantheon and a few minutes' walk from the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Colisseum and most of the highlights of a Roman tour. It means you can easily wander among the delights of the city even before breakfast and after dinner, away from the tourist hordes—no doubt one reason it was a favoured haunt of both Stendhal and Sartre among the ranks of men of letters. . . . more

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Aldrovandi Villa Borghese
One of the Leading Hotels of The World, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is a grand 19th-century villa decked out in white marble with wall tapestries and tinkling chandeliers in one of the most sought-after addresses in Rome.

A former convent set within a private park, this palatial privately-owned villa is superbly located between the Borghese Gardens and the historic Valle Giulia and Borghese Gallery, within walking distance of the Spanish Steps and Via Veneto. It creates an elegant oasis away from the tourist hubbub: after a day visiting Rome's historic sights and galleries guests can relax in the heart of the city either within the cool ivory walls of the villa itself, in the large, airy rooms decorated in silks and velvets, or in the secluded garden with its outdoor pool (open May to September). . . . more

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Ca' Sagredo Hotel
Venice is Europe’s most romantic city; Ca’ Sagredo is a Venetian palace. Together, the experience is out of this world . . . Drifting like a mirage within its watery realm, Venice is certainly the world’s most unreal city: beautiful, mysterious, an assault on the senses, itself assaulted by water. Thronged with palaces, churches and courtyards, it is like walking through a vast museum whose landscape changes with the tides and the ebb and flow of people. As Henry James said, a visit to Venice becomes a perpetual love affair. Like a scene from Canaletto, every aspect of this city is a work of art. Our Members not only enjoy admiring works of art, they like to stay in them. To enjoy the perfect view of the Voga Longa as the boats are rowed along the Grand Canal, stay in our favourite Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, a wildly romantic 14th-century palazzo on the water. The experience is unmissable, and Members receive exclusive rates . . . more

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Hotel Metropole
Venice's historic private palazzo hotels are uniquely charming and offer some of the most unusual places to stay in this glorious and romantic city. One of the best, and most original, the plush Hotel Metropole on the Riva, overlooking the Lagoon, is one of the rare private hotels in Venice that is rated five-star—and it is a quirky and intriguing private palace in which to stay and absorb the full mystery of this beautiful, sensual city.

Run by the exuberant Gloria Beggiato, the third-generation owner, the Metropole is a romantic palace housing the Beggiato family’s eclectic collection of antiques in candle-lit, perfumed interiors. It has a beautiful, palm-shaded private garden with a 14th-century well, and it is home to Venice's only Michelin-starred restaurant.

It has a picture postcard location on the wide promenade of the Riva degli Schiavoni, round the corner from the Piazza San Marco, facing the Bacino San Marco and the church of San Giorgio Maggiore on its island. Vivaldi was the choirmaster at the church next door, La Pietà. It is but a few minutes' walk from the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s . . . more

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Villa Cora
The exquisite Villa Cora is one of the leading hotels of the world. It stands overlooking Florence, capital of the Renaissancea and glorious symbol of the city's past as capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Beautifully restored, the villa is a veritable palace of coffered ceilings, frescoes, tapestries and rich antiques—a museum in its own right—and now one of Relaix & Chateaux ‘Top 10 Hotels in the World’.

Built by the supremely wealthy Baron Oppenheim out of love for his wife, home to Empress Eugenia, widow of Napoleon III, Villa Cora is a Renaissance masterpiece in its own right. It has been the scene of lavish entertaining of emperors, princes, pashas and famous artists over generations. And whilst it has the atmosphere of a country villa, within manicured gardens and its own private park, it is only minutes by car, or a gentle half-hour stroll, to the centre of Florence. . . . more

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Hotel Brunelleschi
The treasures of the Renaissance fill every niche and corner of Florence, and the famous names of the city’s past are a roll-call of European art and history: Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, the Medicis, Giotto, Donatello, Piero della Francesca, and more. When to go? As with most Italian cities, Florence is less crowded in late-autumn and winter, and sights are easier to see. The weather hardly matters since Florence is an indoor city; most of the treasures are in churches, galleries and museums; and the restaurants are superb. Where to stay? We love the Brunelleschi, the hotel referred-to in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code in the following response: 'We’d be living in luxury. They’re giving me a room at the Brunelleschi.' For which, our Members have a Blue Ribbon rate . . . more

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Baglioni Hotel Carlton
The Carlton Hotel Baglioni is one of the most famous and oldest hotels in Milan. A This Leading Hotel of the World, it stands in the cultural, fashion and business heart of the city, the only hotel with a pedestrian entrance from one of the world's most glamorous shopping districts, Via della Spiga. It is but a stone’s throw from the Via Montenapoleone and close to the famous Gothic spires of the Duomo and of course Teatro alla Scala, perhaps the world's most famous opera house.

The Carlton is a true city drawing-room for guests seeking refined, elegant surroundings and it is perfect whether you are in Milan for the opera, the history, the art or on business. The classically styled mansion houses works of art and fine antiques set amid rich-hued brocade fabrics and marble mosaics; the 87 sophisticated rooms and suites feature classic and contemporary Italian furnishings. . . . more

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Hotel Manzoni
Milan, capital of culture, couture and design, offers a perfect blend of sophistication and history to give an enjoyable city break. See an opera or ballet at La Scala, admire Renaissance masterpieces and shop the local brands—Gucci, Versace and Prada—before dining on Northern Italian cooking. It all adds up to an excellent break.

Finding a five-star hotel is easy—but what of a recommended, sensibly priced, centrally located four-star? Our tip is Hotel Manzoni, in the fashionable shopping area of Via Montenapoleone, and a 15-minute walk from the Sforzesco Castle. The Manzoni is a 10-minute walk from Milan’s Cathedral, the Duomo. Montenapoleone Metro Station is just 250 yards away. Milan Linate International Airport is 4 miles, and the hotel operates a shuttle. Valet parking is also available without reservation. . . . more

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Il Pellicano, Tuscany
You could easily be smitten by Il Pellicano. It is one of the world’s great hotels, but in no way large or grand. ‘The most romantic place in the world’ sigh guests beguiled by the phenomenal sea views, casual Tuscan elegance and quiet privacy of this magical villa resort set in a garden, bathed in the scent of lavender and rosemary, clinging to a terraced cliff amid the cypresses and olives on a peninsula that juts into the glittering blue Tyrrhenian Sea.

In June this languorous, lovingly cared for hotel celebrates its 50th anniversary—and to celebrate we have arranged for our Members to enjoy it all at special Club rates all season long.. . . .more


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Castello Banfi Il Borgo
Standing in idyllic surroundings overlooking its own 7,000-acre estate of vineyards and olive groves near Montalcino, Castello Banfi, maker of some of Tuscany’s best-known wines, is also a renowned purveyor of generous hospitality, elegant, Tuscan-style munificence and gastronomic experiences with Michelin-starred chefs. It is, in short, a fabulous holiday for all who enjoy good wine, good food and good living, Tuscan style. Castello Banfi creates a unique setting for its guests in 14 individually styled rooms and suites, set within 18th-century stone buildings beside the estate's 12th-century castello. Our Members receive special rates, starting with an exclusive Blue Ribbon rate for a Cook at Banfi stay: three nights in a suite overlooking the valley and the vineyards . . . more

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Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa
Sweeping through the main gates into the aristocratic surrounding of the 12th century Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa is the perfect introduction to a bygone Italian era of lavish wealth and power, perfectly preserved in this restored castle, now a five-star deluxe hotel and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Appropriately located 20 minutes from both Florence and Siena, Castello del Nero’s sumptuous buildings and interiors will induce the perfect mood for a visit to two of the most artistic cities in Europe.

Such is the Castello del Nero's historical importance that the Italian Fine Arts Commission had to be called in to oversee work on the original structure, in all its frescoed glory. The resulting restoration is impeccable; the noble Del Nero family, Florentine priors and politicians whose country seat this was, would have approved. . . . more

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Villa Mangiacane
Set on a hillside overlooking Florence, Villa Mangiacane is a stunning piece of Tuscan heritage, designed by Michelangelo for the Machiavelli family. This romantic, glorious villa provides a grand Tuscan country sojourn with easy access to one of the world’s great cultural capitals: 15 minutes’ drive takes you to Florence—and 15 minutes’ drive brings you back to Villa Mangiacane at the end of the day. This is a 15th-century villa on its own private estate, bearing in its décor the unmistakable hand of Michelangelo. It has been painstakingly restored from the original designs, still kept in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. These are unlikely to include the more recent additions: 26 luxury rooms and suites, swimming pools and a spa. The Villa’s Renaissance atmosphere, its antiques and frescoes, all come with expert service and luxury-hotel ambience, and our Members enjoy exclusive CoutryClubuk rates . . . more

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Villa & Palazzo Aminta
The Villa & Palazzo Aminta is the elegant former family palazzo of the Admiral of the Italian Navy, Francesco Capece, and is now one of the Leading Hotels of the World as well as our hand-picked five-star hotel in Stresa, the small, sleepy Italian town on lovely Lake Maggiore.

Villa & Palazzo Aminta stands in a quiet location on the lakeside at Stresa, with its own private beach and pier jutting out into the glassy blue water. It is the perfect place to experience the full sense of just how impressive are the surroundings of this magnificent lake. You can take a boat straight out from the pier to explore the lake's romantic islands, swim or water ski, or simply relax in style on the sun terrace, on the beach and in the beautiful Italian gardens. . . . more

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Grand Hotel Majestic
Of all the Italian lakes, Maggiore has long been a shimmering magnet for the great and the good. A former stop on the Grand Tour and preferred retreat of the French aristocracy, the lake retains a whiff of inter-war jet set glamour. Visitors have long been seduced by the Mediterranean-like micro-climate, still, tranquil waters, Baroque architecture and majestic alpine peaks, and the Grand Hotel Majestic is one of the finest hotels on the lake, with uninterrupted lake views and a dreamy quality all its own. It dates from 1870 and was a favourite with Debussy and Toscanini. Timeless luxury and old school service combine with modern facilities, including a spa and wellness centre (with sauna and treatment rooms), indoor heated pool, gym and secluded private beach. For Club rates in lake-view suites . . . more

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Hotel Splendid
The Hotel Splendid stands on the western shore of Lake Maggiore at Baveno, Queen Victoria's favourite place on Lake Maggiore, and where Churchill honeymooned. It is a truly charmed location, with its own private beach and pier, and panoramic views of the lake, the Borromean islands and the Swiss Alps.

Still doing brisk business as a thermal spa resort, Baveno also offers wellbeing of a different sort—you can sit back and drink an espresso or a glass of Nebbiolo with the local cheese on the lakeside, overlooking the Borromean Islands. The old town is five minutes' walk from the Hotel Splendid, and rich in historical sites including the Church of Saints Gervasio and Protasio, a 12th-century building which traces its roots back to the fifth century. Feriolo, a former fishing village in its own natural bay, is just around the corner and well worth a detour. . . . more

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Lido Palace
The largest lake in Italy is Lake Garda—143 square miles of placid blue waters with its own micro-climate, fringed by wide beaches and snow-capped mountains, ancient towns, natural hot springs, vineyards, lemon and olive groves, and palm trees. Adored by the Italians themselves, Garda is the most languid of the great lakes. Glaciers formed this alpine region at the end of the last Ice Age, and the air is clear, the climate warm. Its natural virtues have been eulogized by poets and writers since Roman times, from Catullus to Tennyson, Virgil to Ezra Pound and D H Lawrence, all heaping praise on the region. At Lake Garda’s northernmost point, encircled by mountains at its narrowest tip, stands the elegant small town of Riva del Garda. Goethe called the view from Riva ‘a precious spectacle’, and the pre-eminent hotel in the region, a 19th-century palace with a spectacular lakeside location, is the five-star Lido Palace. One of the Leading Hotels of The World, Lido Palace is itself a Lake Garda legend. It opened in 1899 as a grand hotel to rival the best in Europe, a blue-blooded, Art Nouveau-style palace which became the holiday retreat of the Hapsburg Royal family, attracting the noble families of Europe on their Grand Tour, artists, musicians and philosophers, creating the atmosphere and allure of La Belle Époque. Today, when you step into the foyer you will find newly-created, avant-garde, light-filled interiors designed by the architect Alberto Cecchetto. The result is a discreet sense of luxury . . . more

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Villa Cordevigo Wine Relais & Spa
Just a 10-minute drive from Lake Garda, the stunning Villa Cordevigo estate stands at Cavaion Veronese, in the Bardolino Classico wine region. Here there are 100 hectares under vine, benefiting from the unique soil and agreeable climate of Lake Garda, with mild winters and temperate summers. This happy combination suits its human guests too, helping to make Villa Cordevigo one of the finest places in the world in which to relax, and to enjoy Italian food and wine, in this case Veronese.

Built in the 16th century, the Villa Cordevigo estate comes with an abundance of space, character and heritage. The five-star hotel at its heart was created from an historic Venetian villa, complete with a consecrated chapel, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and Italianate gardens. . . . more

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Relais Villa Abbondanzi
They say Emilia-Romagna is the culinary heart of Italy; after all, Pellegrino Artusi, the grandfather of Italian cuisine, was born here, and who can possibly question the quality of Parma ham or Balsamic, or the delicious Parmigiano-Reggiano? But this treasure-laden region of Italy, fuelled by the mighty River Po, has great Romanesque and Renaissance cities too. Cities such as Bologna, Ravenna, Parma and Modena, not to mention its close neighbour Florence. . . . more

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Relais Villa Roncuzzi, near Ravenna
Of the hundreds of Italian cities that never reach most travel itineraries, none is more worthy of recognition and close inspection than the historic city of Ravenna. Its welcoming people, delicious food, sublime art and rich history make it a masterpiece that is easy to fall in love with. Where to stay? Relais Villa Roncuzzi is a real treat. Family owned and run, it stands in the lovely countryside of Romagna, a few kilometres from Ravenna. It is ideal for travellers wanting to relax while touring the historic local cities—not only Ravenna but Faenza, Russi, San Marino and Rimini. Even the Adriatic Coast is nearby. Roncuzzi is a villa for all reasons, and seasons, at an incredibly good Club rate . . . more

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Naturalis Bio Resort
In one of the most beautiful villages of Grecìa Salentina, an oasis of peace has been created by Marinella and Domenico Scordari. It is Naturalis Bio Resort, an enchanting agricultural estate and spa in the Salento countryside south of Apulia. This unique place is bursting with olive groves, vineyards, and black malvasia, grain, lush organic aloe vera and plants and herbs, from which Naturalis, the couple’s natural beauty products, are made. Their aim is to improve the quality of life—and they have created one of Italy’s secret places in which to do so. . . . more

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Due Lune Resort Golf & Spa
Sardinia is well known as a gem of an island in the heart of the Mediterranean. Those miles of sunny coastline and sandy beaches are the main attractions, but there are numberless places and facets to discover about this large island. Adding to the fantastic beaches, long hours of sunshine, excellent wine and food, fascinating villages, towns and countryside, Sardinia has a vast number of important historical sites to explore.

The northern Costa Smeralda of Sardinia is a glitzy, mega-rich playground, but for charm and calm we prefer the idyllic north-east coast. Here, set on an unspoilt bay with a private sandy beach, the four-star, 66-room Due Lune Resort Golf & Spa looks out over a magnificent vista of turquoise Mediterranean Sea. Named ‘a paradise’ by many a guest, the hotel stands in acres of mature gardens in an enchanting position beside a manicured golf course: a few steps from your room and you are on the beach or in the warm, gently lapping sea . . . more







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