Friday, 6 January 2012

Mr & Mrs Smith's Italian Guidebook

Over the last few days, I have been dreaming of warmer climes and luxury hotels - who hasn't? January is the perfect time to plan that glamorous getaway, unless you were clever enough to book a post-Christmas break in advance and, in which case, you are probably on a beautiful beach right now and not tuned into your blackberry/ipad...

Locanda al Colle Hotel, Tuscany

So far this year, my dreams have centred on Italy, courtesy of the lovely team at Mr & Mrs Smith, who recently sent over their new Italian guidebook. Having visited a mere handful of Italian regions, it remains one of my all-time favourite countries...stunning scenery, wonderful people, exquisite food and wine, formidable fashion (of course) and an irresistible history and all-encompassing aura of romance. Informal charm and frivolity on the one hand and a sense of bewildering, awe-inspiring powerlessness on the other. As a traveller, you must succumb to Italy, à la Lucy Honeychurch in E.M. Forster's A Room with A View. Then, you will never forget it's magic; it will never leave you. 

Bellevue Syrene Hotel, Amalfi Coast

Opening the handsomely presented Italian guidebook by Mr & Mrs Smith, I discovered the team's characteristically sumptuous photographs, informed and animated reviews and fascinating insider tips. Looking for the best local tagliatelle, or hoping to hire a Vespa? The book covers "32 of the country's most unique and stylish hotels", from Venice to Umbria, Capri to Sardinia. 

Palazzina Grassi Hotel, Venice

Mr & Mrs Smith's Italian Guidebook (or Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: Italy) is an utterly delicious coffee table treat, and if you are tempted by the thought of a super stylish Italian break this year, you will not be disappointed. In the meantime, the Tuscan tales and Roman ruins will make you feel as though you're already there. Heaven.

Palazzo Bontadosi, Umbria

*You can buy the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: Italy via Mr & Mrs Smith's gift shop, or Amazon.

1 comment:

  1. Locanda is my friend's hotel! Know the area very well - if you need any tips let me know. All look at a village called Stigliano in Tuscany, through a company called Invitation to Tuscany. They have some amazing places xxx


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