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Friday, January 8, 2021

Hotel Imperiale Rome

Enjoy a taste of ‘la dolce vita’ at this stylish hotel on the Via Veneto

In one of the best locations in Rome, the elegant Hotel Imperiale offers guests luxurious surroundings with the convenience of being close to many of the city’s famous historical attractions.

The Hotel Imperiale is situated on Via Veneto,  one of the Rome's most elegant streets
The Hotel Imperiale is situated on Via Veneto,
 one of Rome's most elegant streets
Established in 1895, the Hotel Imperiale is located on the iconic Via Veneto, close to statues, fountains and old buildings that will seem familiar to millions of film goers.

The interior of the hotel has retained many of its original architectural features and these are complemented stylishly by contemporary furnishings and every modern facility visitors might require.

A generous buffet breakfast is served each morning and the hotel also has its own gourmet restaurant with chefs and a sommelier on hand to help guests discover the finest Italian cuisine and the best wines to accompany it.

Hotel staff will be happy to arrange visits to Rome’s many attractions or book theatre tickets for the guests and there is also a spa with a sauna to help them relax at the end of a busy day seeing the sights.

Editor’s note: ‘I have wonderful memories of both my stays at the Hotel Imperiale. I loved the hotel’s glamorous Via Veneto location, which is within walking distance of many of Rome’s most famous sights, and there is a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants close by. I was impressed with the facilities the hotel had to offer and the level of service given by the helpful staff.’

Location

The Hotel Imperiale is in Via Veneto at number 24, in the heart of the most fashionable area of Rome. Situated close to the bottom of Via Veneto, nearest to Piazza Barberini, it is on the left hand side as you walk in the direction of the Villa Borghese complex of museums and gardens at the top.

Bernini's Fontana del Tritone in Piazza Barberini
Bernini's Fontana del Tritone in
Piazza Barberini
During the Empire, the Via Veneto was part of a suburb where the rich families owned luxurious villas and gardens. After the sack of Rome, the area became open countryside again, but started to recover its lost splendour with the building of Palazzo Barberini in the 17th century, which was designed by the architect Carlo Maderno for Pope Urban VIII. After 1900, Via Veneto developed into a street of grand hotels and cafes and featured in Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita, which helped to establish the Via Veneto’s fashionable status.

What to see near the Hotel Imperiale

Close to Hotel Imperiale is the beautiful Triton fountain (Fontana del Tritone) at the centre of Piazza Barberini, which was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 17th century. The hotel is also within a short walk of the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) and the Spanish Steps, which lead down to the Keats-Shelley House, a museum commemorating the English Romantic poets, John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

What to eat in Rome

Look out on restaurant menus for Bucatini all’Amatriciana, a dish of long pasta served with a piquant sauce made from tomatoes and bacon, and Saltimbocca alla Romana, a veal dish with ham and sage. Saltimbocca literally means ‘jump in the mouth’, which refers to the combined taste of the ham and sage and Frascati, the wine in which the veal is cooked. Frascati, a town to the south of Rome, produces a delicious, light, dry white wine,. It is said the wine ‘non viaggia bene’ - does not travel well - but it is usually fresh and fragrant when sampled in Rome.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Hotel Scapolatiello Cava de’ Tirreni

Historic residence with wonderful views over the countryside
 

The Hotel Scapolatiello's elegant dining terrace overlooks beautiful countryside
The Hotel Scapolatiello's elegant dining
terrace overlooks beautiful countryside
In the wooded hills above Cava de’ Tirreni, which is ten kilometres (six miles) northwest of the town of Salerno, the Hotel Scapolatiello is the perfect place for a relaxing break.

Located in a wonderful position overlooking the surrounding countryside, Hotel Scapolatiello has large, comfortable guest rooms, a garden with a swimming pool and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You can eat in either the elegant dining room or on the terrace looking out over the garden. The restaurant takes pride in using local cheeses, fruit and vegetables and has its own label wine and preserves. The menu features some unusual antipasto combinations, risotto, pasta and meat dishes.

The Scapolatiello's risotto with mushrooms and savings of provola cheese
The Scapolatiello's risotto with mushrooms
and savings of provola cheese
The Hotel Scapolatiello first opened its doors to visitors in 1821 and has entertained many of the famous people who have visited the nearby L’Abbazia della Santissima Trinita, known locally as La Badia. One of the most important religious centres in southern Italy, La Badia celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 2011.

Hotel Scapolatiello is in Piazza Risorgimento in the centre of Corpo di Cava, a small walled village three kilometres to the south of Cava de’ Tirreni.

Editor’s note

‘I have lovely memories of enjoying lunch on the terrace of the historic Hotel Scapolatiello overlooking their immaculate garden. I was given complimentary mini calzoni filled with cheese, tomatoes and ham before the risotto with provola that I had ordered. I sampled the hotel’s own label Falanghina, which was delicious.’

What to see in Cava de' Tirreni

Cava de’ Tirreni may not be as well known as Naples, Sorrento and Salerno, but it was once the preferred stopping off place for travellers on the Grand Tour visiting Pompei, the Amalfi coast or Paestum

For centuries, Cava enjoyed a free port at Vietri sul Mare and became prosperous through trading in silk tapestries, leather goods and ceramics. The city also became known for its skilled engineers and craftsmen..

Cava de' Tirreni's porticoed streets provide shelter from the summer heat
Cava de' Tirreni's porticoed streets provide
shelter from the summer heat 
Cava was given the full name Cava de’ Tirreni, acknowledging its earliest known inhabitants, after Italian unification in 1861 and it has remained an elegant, civilised town with beautiful architecture

The city has earned itself the title of ‘the Bologna of the south’ because of its half kilometre of elegant porticoed streets in the centre. The oldest porticoes were built in the 15th century in front of single storey shops so that goods could be displayed and trade carried out sheltered from the sun. At 47km (29 miles) south of Naples, Cava is hot during the summer.

The traders built living accommodation over their shops and many of the buildings have ornate facades and pretty balconies. Today, fashion boutiques, wine bars, restaurants and pastry shops do business behind the ancient porticoes..

Intriguing glimpses of the mountains on both sides of Cava de’ Tirreni can be seen from the end of many of the streets. Look out for Monte Castello, a triangular shaped mountain with a castle on the top, which appears in the skyline at different places in the centre of town.

The Abbazia Benedettina della Santissima Trinità - known also as La Badia di Cava - is three kilometres from the centre of Cava de’ Tirreni. Behind the 18th century façade lie the original 11th century church and cloisters, a chapel with a magnificent 15th century majolica floor and a museum and library. The abbey was built in 1011 after a nobleman, Alferio Pappacarbone, retired to the area to pray and other worshippers gathered around him. La Badia went on to become the religious hub of southern Italy and Pope Bonifacio IX made Cava a city in its own right, separate from Salerno, in 1394. The abbey was given a baroque facade in the 18th century but retains its original architectural details inside.

La Badia nestles in the wooded hills a few kilometres outside Cava de' Tirreni
La Badia nestles in the wooded hills a few
kilometres outside Cava de' Tirreni
Cava de’ Tirreni is surrounded by hills with pretty villages that have medieval towers, built for a dove hunting game. Starting from Annunziata you can follow a circuit, passing eight towers along the way, before arriving back at the same village.

North of Cava de’ Tirreni lies the nature park of Diecimare, also known as Parco Due Golfi because it has views over the bay of Naples and Vesuvius to the north and the bay of Salerno to the south. It is home to beautiful plants, flowers, birds and animals and visitors can choose to follow different panoramic paths.

There are regular trains and buses to Pompei, which is half an hour away from Cava de’ Tirreni. As well as the world famous scavi, the excavated remains of the original Roman town, Pompei has a church that has become a centre for pilgrims, il Santuario della Beata Vergine del Rosario in Piazza Bartolo Longo.

Cava de’ Tirreni has become known as ‘the green gateway to the Amalfi coast’ as it is close to  the resort of Vietri sul Mare and the village of Cetara, where you can sample their famous pasta dish, spaghetti with colatura di alici, a type of sauce made from anchovies, thought to derive from an ancient Roman recipe.

Eating out in Cava de’ Tirreni

Pacheri allo scarpiello, with fresh tomatoes, is a Cava speciality dish
Pacheri allo scarpiello, with fresh tomatoes,
is a Cava speciality dish
On restaurant menus you will see pacheri, the local tube shaped pasta, served either allo scarpariello with ‘shoemaker’s sauce’ made with fresh tomato, cheese and basil, or con carciofi e provola (with artichokes and cheese).

There are many dishes featuring fresh, local fish and southern Italian classics such as fritto misto.

Light dry, fragrant Falanghina is a white wine that goes perfectly with fish and dishes made with mozzarella, such as insalata caprese. Cava de’ Tirreni is in the prime territory for the best Falanghina wines made from grapes grown on the slopes of Vesuvius, along the Sorrentine peninsula or near the Amalfi coast. 

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Hotel Annunziata Ferrara


Wonderful views of one of Italy’s most impressive castles


The Hotel Annunziata is directly opposite Ferrara's star attraction, the magnificent Castello Estense
The Hotel Annunziata is directly opposite Ferrara's star
attraction, the magnificent Castello Estense
The Hotel Annunziata is in a great location on the opposite side of the square from Ferrara’s most famous landmark, the imposing Castello Estense.

There are lovely views of the castle from the windows of many of the hotel’s guest rooms.

The four-star Hotel Annunziata is set in a restored, historic town house with a contemporary décor. All the accommodation is immaculate and spotlessly clean, earning the praise of many of its guests.

Breakfast is served in the hotel’s elegant dining room and there is a bar serving drinks and snacks 24 hours a day. All the guest rooms have free wifi, satellite TV and air conditioning.

Although the Hotel Annunziata is located in a pedestrian only area of the city, there is a car park for the use of guests.

The Hotel Annunziata occupies an historic restored townhouse in Piazza Repubblica
The Hotel Annunziata occupies an historic
restored townhouse in Piazza Repubblica
When out and about in Ferrara, you will see many of the local residents travelling by bicycle. The Hotel Annunziata provides cruiser bikes free of charge to guests so that they can explore all corners of this wonderful city with ease.

The Hotel Annunziata is located at Piazza Repubblica, 5 in the centre of the city.

Editor’s note: ‘Right in the heart of the historic city of Ferrara, I enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Annunziata in a very comfortable guest room with wonderful views of one of the most impressive and beautiful castles in Italy.’

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What to see in Ferrara

Ferrara was ruled by the Este family between 1240 and 1598. You can still see the original, narrow, medieval streets to the west and south of the city centre, between the main thoroughfares of Via Ripa Grande and Via Garibaldi, which were the core of the city in the middle ages.

Building work on the magnificent, moated Este Castle (Castello Estense) began in 1385 and it was added to and improved by successive rulers of Ferrara until the end of the Este line. 

Lucrezia Borgia lived in the castle after her marriage to Alfonso I d’Este in 1502 and was reputed to have had an affair with the court poet, Pietro Bembo, there.

The castle was purchased for 70,000 lire by the province of Ferrara in 1874 to be used as the headquarters of the Prefecture. 

The Palazzo Diamanti is another Este palace in Ferrara, its walls studded with diamond-shaped stones
The Palazzo Diamanti is another Este palace in Ferrara, its
walls studded with diamond-shaped stones
It is open to the public every day from 9.30 till 5.30 pm, apart from certain times of the year when it is closed on Mondays. For more details and ticket prices visit www.castelloestense.it.

Another Este residence in Ferrara that is worth seeing is the Palazzo Diamanti in Corso Ercole I d’Este, which takes its name from the 8500 pointed, diamond-shaped stones that stud the façade, diamonds being an emblem of the Este family. It was designed by Biagio Rossetti and completed in 1503.

The palace now houses the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Ferrara on its first floor, where you can also see the 16th century apartments inhabited by another Este bride, Virginia de’ Medici. She lived in the palace after her marriage to Cesare d’Este, the grandson of Alfonso I, Duke of Ferrara. Visitors can see three of the rooms that Virginia used, which overlook Corso Biagio Rossetti. The Pinacoteca is open from 10.00 to 17.30 Tuesday to Sunday.

Eating out in Ferrara

A good place to try some Ferrarese specialities is Trattoria il Cucco in Via Voltacasotto, where they serve the traditional cappellacci con la zucca, a type of ravioli stuffed with pumpkin, sage, butter and cheese. You could follow that with salama da sugo, which is said to have been Lucrezia Borgia’s favourite dish. It is a spicy pork sausage made from different cuts of meat that has been boiled for about four hours.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Hotel Piemontese Bergamo


Smart hotel in an ideal spot for visitors


The Hotel Piemontese is in a handy location in Piazzale Marconi on the opposite side of the square from Bergamo’s railway station.

Guests can quickly access local buses that leave from outside the railway station or from stops near the top of Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII to go out and about.
The pink facade of the Hotel Piemontese

The hotel is within comfortable walking distance of the shops, bars and restaurants of the Città Bassa (lower town)

The Piemontese has a modern décor and there are 50 rooms served by a lift, all with telephone, satellite television and wifi connection.

A generous buffet breakfast is served each day in the large breakfast room on the lower ground floor and there is an internet point in reception and car parking available for guests.

Transport advice

The hotel is a short bus or taxi ride from Bergamo Caravaggio airport at Orio al Serio.

There are coaches to the lakes and nearby towns from the bus station, which is close to the hotel in Via Bartolomeo Bono. Trains leave frequently to Milan, Brescia, Lecco, Cremona and further afield from the railway station.

To visit the Città Alta (upper town) you can either take the bus to the funicular railway station in Viale Vittorio Emanuele II, from where you will be conveyed up the steep hill by the funicular, or you can take the bus round the 15th century walls that surround the upper town and get off at Colle Aperto, which is next to Porta Sant’Alessandro, one of the city gates.

Editor’s note: ‘It was great to be able to just cross the square to the station in the mornings and board a train to Milan or Cremona and not have far to walk from the station back to the hotel at the end of an enjoyable day out.’



What to see in Bergamo

Città Bassa

Walk down Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII until you reach Via Sentierone. Turn right to see the 18th century Teatro Donizetti and next to it the monument to the composer Gaetano Donizetti, erected in 1897 in the centenary year of his birth in Bergamo. Opposite is Balzer, a bar founded in 1850 under the portici that has now become a Bergamo institution. 

The Accademia Carrara is one of Italy's finest art galleries
Further along Via Sentierone is the church of San Bartolomeo, which houses a large altarpiece by Renaissance artist Lorenzo Lotto depicting the Virgin Mary and child on a throne surrounded by saints.

Walk down Via Torquato Tasso to Piazzetta Santo Spirito, where the church of Santo Spirito also has a work by Lorenzo Lotto. Turn left into Via Pignolo and walk along until you reach the church of San Bernardino in Pignolo, also home to a Lotto masterpiece. Further along Via Pignolo you can turn right into Via San Tomaso, at the end of which you will find the Pinacoteca di Accademia Carrara, one of Italy’s finest art galleries.


Città Alta

If you ride up to Bergamo’s upper town on the funicular railway and step out into Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe you will feel as though you have travelled back in time.

Walk along narrow Via Gombito, which is thought to have existed during the Roman era. It is lined with shops and bars occupying the ground floors of medieval houses. 

The Cappella Colleoni and (bottom left) il Battistero in Piazzetta del Duomo
The Cappella Colleoni and (bottom left)
il Battistero in Piazzetta del Duomo
Via Gombito lead to Piazza Vecchia, a beautiful square with a 12th century building, il Palazzo della Ragione (Palace of Reason). Next to it, the big bell tower, il Campanone, dates back to at least the 12th century. Just in front of the Palazzo della Ragione is a statue of Torquato Tasso, one of the greatest Italian Renaissance poets, who was the son of a Bergamo nobleman. 

If you walk through the archways of the Palazzo della Ragione you will find yourself in the Piazzetta del Duomo, where in addition to il Duomo you will see the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Cappella Colleoni, and il Battistero.

In nearby Via Arena is the Palazzo della Misericordia Maggiore, which houses a museum dedicated to the life of composer Gaetano Donizetti, who was born and died in Bergamo.

Another fascinating street leading off Piazza Vecchia is Via Colleoni, which is lined with shops, wine bars and restaurants housed in medieval buildings.

Bergamo food and wine

Sampling melt-in-the-mouth casoncelli alla bergamasca, topped with chopped bacon, sage, butter and grated cheese, is an unforgettable part of a stay in Bergamo.

Casoncelli alla bergamasca is a traditional Bergamo dish
Casoncelli, also sometimes referred to on menus as Casonsei, are a type of ravioli, filled with sausage meat, which has been mixed with several other vital ingredients, including finely chopped pears, sultanas and amaretti.

Casoncelli are believed to have originated in the countryside outside Bergamo, where they were originally created as a way of using up left over meat.

Enjoy your casoncelli with a glass of chilled Valcalepio Bianco, a light, dry white wine with a delicate fragrance, produced in the small valley between Bergamo and Lago d’Iseo. If you prefer red wine, try Valcalepio Rosso, which is dry and soft with an intense scent and goes well with red meat, polenta and local cheeses, such as taleggio.



Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Hotel Savoia & Jolanda Venice


Enjoy a view of the lagoon from a palace on the waterfront


The Hotel Savoia & Locanda occupies a superb position on Riva degli Schiavoni
The Hotel Savoia & Locanda occupies a
superb position on Riva degli Schiavoni
Overlooking St Mark’s basin from an excellent location on the Riva degli Schiavoni, the Hotel Savoia & Jolanda can boast a long history of providing hospitality to guests from all over the world.

It has the charm of a Venetian palace but with all the modern facilities such as free wi fi, Sky and satellite tv, a gym and a boat available for the use of guests.

The hotel is very handily placed for the San Zaccaria vaporetto stop for boats that go up the Grand Canal towards Rialto, the station and Piazzale Roma, and, in the other direction, boats that go across the water to the Lido.

The Savoia & Jolanda is just a few minutes walk from the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s square and by going through the alleyways (calle) following the yellow signs with arrows it does not take long to reach the Rialto Bridge area.

Guests have one of the most iconic Venetian views from the hotel’s front windows as you can see the church and island of San Giorgio Maggiore out in the lagoon.

Editor’s Note: ‘I used to love sitting at a table at the bar outside the hotel watching the people going by as the sun set over the lagoon. Every time I have stayed at the Hotel Savoia & Jolanda my room has been comfortable and immaculately prepared, the breakfast has been excellent and the service faultless.’

The Palladian church of San Giorgio Maggiore is one of the most famous of Venetian views
The Palladian church of San Giorgio Maggiore is one of
the most famous of Venetian views
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A little bit of history 

The Savoia & Jolanda’s origins can be traced back to the early part of the 19th century thanks to the discovery of a black and white postcard showing the building, which was then named Bavaria & Jolanda. It was named in honour of the official union of the Savoia royal family with the Duchy of Bavaria. This was sealed when Princess Enrichetta Adelaide Savoia married Duke Ferdinand of Bavaria in 1650. 

A few metres from the hotel there is an equestrian statue of the first King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, which was erected to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his death. The statue was inaugurated in 1887 by King Umberto I and his queen, Margherita Savoia.

The name of the hotel was changed to Savoia Hotel & Principessa Jolanda in the early part of the 20th century and it finally became Hotel Savoia & Jolanda in the 1940s.
Afterwards the hotel was proud to welcome art patron Peggy Guggenheim, who stayed in a suite there in 1948 on the occasion of the XXIV Venice Art Biennale.

Food and wine

There are plenty of good restaurants in the calle between St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge and, to get good value for money, opt for one that is some distance away from the piazza.

Fegato alla Veneziana is a classic Venetian dish, made with calf's liver and often served with polenta
Fegato alla Veneziana is a classic Venetian dish, made with
calf's liver and often served with polenta
Look out for some of the local specialities, such as sardine in saor (served with a sweet and sour sauce), fegato alla veneziana (tender calf’s liver cooked on a bed of onions) and zuppa di cozze (mussels with white wine, garlic and parsley).

Make sure you try some of the wines from the Veneto region, such as Soave, a white wine that is very well known internationally and is made from grapes grown in the vineyards around the nearby hilltop town of Soave. Also look out for Tocai and Bianco di Custoza, other good white wines from the region, which will be on most restaurant menus.

If your preference is for red wine, Valpolicella is a pleasant, light, fruity wine made in the area between Verona and Lake Garda.

If you like sparkling wine, don’t miss trying Prosecco, which is mainly produced in the Veneto.

Named after the variety of grape it is made from, Prosecco is lighter and more delicate than Champagne because it is bottled while young rather than being fermented.

It is made in the areas of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano north of Venice, although it was probably named after the town of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape, one of Italy’s oldest, is believed to have originated.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Hotel Continental Treviso



Great location for this smart traditionally furnished hotel


The entrance to the Hotel Continental, a short walk from the centre of Treviso
The entrance to the Hotel Continental, a short
walk from the centre of Treviso
Situated about halfway between the railway station and the centre of Treviso, the smart Hotel Continental is in an ideal position for visitors who want to travel around the Veneto region during their stay.

This traditionally furnished, four star hotel in Via Roma is also just a short walk from Piazza dei Signori in the centre of Treviso, where there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

The Hotel Continental first opened its doors in 1959, having been given glamorous early 20th century décor to wow its guests.

There are still marble floors, dark wood panelling, chandeliers and antique furniture, but the hotel now also provides 21st century facilities.

The hotel reception is open 24 hours a day to provide assistance to guests whenever it is required.

Room service is available from eight o’clock in the morning till ten o’clock at night. A sweet and savoury breakfast buffet is served in the breakfast room on the ground floor from seven o’clock until 11 o’clock each morning.

Despite the traditional décor that reflects a more stylish, bygone era, all rooms have the modern comforts of air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a minibar and satellite tv.

The Continental can be found on the corner of Via Roma and Via Girolamo Da Treviso, a few steps from the railway station
The Continental can be found on the corner of Via Roma and
Via Girolamo Da Treviso, a few steps from the railway station
Editor’s note: “I felt I had been transported back to a more glamorous era but but was still made to feel relaxed and comfortable while staying at this friendly hotel. The staff were always pleasant and helpful, the breakfast was excellent and the room and bathroom had everything you could wish for.”

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Why stay at Hotel Continental Treviso

The Hotel Continental is in an ideal location for people interested in exploring the Veneto as the railway station and bus stops are just a short walk away on the other side of the city’s old walls. It is also close to the centre of Treviso and you pass plenty of smart shops, bars and restaurants on your way into the city. It is handy for the airport, as it is just a short bus or taxi ride from Treviso’s Antonio Canova airport.
  

The Palazzo dei Trecento is one of the sights of Treviso's attractive city centre
The Palazzo dei Trecento is one of the sights of
Treviso's attractive city centre
What to see near the Hotel Continental

Just a short walk away from the Hotel Continental you are in the centre of the city and Via Calmaggiore, the main street, where there are some smart shops. At one end is Piazza dei Signori with its Palazzo dei Trecento, which was originally built in the 13th century and at the other end is Treviso’s Duomo.

Stroll along the willow-fringed canals with waterwheels behind Via Calmaggiore until you reach the Pescheria (fish market), which is on a very small island in the middle of Treviso’s River Sile. 

Restaurant recommendation

For traditional Treviso cooking or good pizza, try Zeus Pizzeria Ristorante da Laura at Via Avogari 14 in the centre of Treviso, just minutes away from Via Calmaggiore. The staff are friendly and it stays open till late in the evening. 

Risotto con funghi - mushroom risotto - is a popular dish in Treviso restaurants
Risotto con funghi - mushroom risotto - is a popular
dish in Treviso restaurants
Local Specialities

Try tagliatelle al sugo d’anatra (tagliatelle with duck sauce), risotto con funghi (mushroom risotto) and bigoli in salsa di acciughe (pasta with anchovy sauce). Also sample the locally-grown Treviso radicchio (a type of chicory).

Local wine

A stay in Treviso gives you the perfect opportunity to sample Prosecco, a light, refreshing sparkling wine, which is made by many different producers in the area. Treviso is close to the so-called strada del prosecco, the road between Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, which is lined with wineries producing Prosecco DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata), the stamp of quality given to the best Italian wines. 

Shopping
There are plenty of the top fashion stores, such as Benetton, Gucci and Sisley, as well as cosmetics shops and leather goods shops in the centre of Treviso.




Thursday, April 4, 2019

Hotel Victoria Bassano del Grappa


The modern and elegant Hotel Victoria in Bassano del Grappa
The modern and elegant Hotel Victoria in Bassano del Grappa

Elegant hotel handy for famous bridge and historic centre 


A short walk from Bassano del Grappa’s famous wooden bridge designed by Palladio, the Hotel Victoria offers guests traditional style and comfort and has friendly, helpful staff.

This elegant, three star hotel in Viale Armando Diaz has large rooms decorated and furnished in Italian style with every amenity you would expect.

The rooms have en suite bathrooms, telephone, satellite TV, reliable wifi, refrigerator bar and air conditioning. The beds are comfortable and there is plenty of wardrobe and drawer space.

The rooms at the Victoria are furnished in classical Italian style
The rooms at the Victoria are furnished in classical Italian style
A generous buffet breakfast is served till 10am each day in the smart breakfast room on the lower ground floor.

The hotel also has a large car park for the use of guests.

Editor’s note: “The lovely views from the windows of the hotel are of the foothills of the Alps just beyond Bassano del Grappa. I had a very peaceful and relaxing stay at this immaculate hotel.”

Why stay at the Hotel Victoria? 


The Hotel Victoria is close to the Ponte Vecchio, also known as Ponte degli Alpini, designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in 1568 that spans the River Brenta and takes you into the historic heart of Bassano del Grappa.


Bassano's ancient wooden bridge was designed by Andrea Palladio in the 16th century
Bassano's ancient wooden bridge was designed by
Andrea Palladio in the 16th century
What to see and do

Bassano del Grappa has become famous for producing the alcoholic drink, Grappa, which is drunk by Italians as a digestivo or liqueur. The drink derives its name from the graspa, or remnants, of the grapes that are left over after wine making, while the town is named after Monte Grappa, a mountain of the Venetian Prealps.

There are bars and shops where you can taste the different varieties of Grappa, or buy some as a souvenir to take home, including several on either side of the Ponte Vecchio.

The Museo degli Alpini, at the end of the bridge nearest the historic centre of the town, was founded with just a few items in 1948 after the first post-war national assembly of the Alpini, the Italian Army's elite mountain troops, but it has grown over the years, as objects from both world wars have been donated.

The 141ft Torre Civica is hard to miss
The 141ft Torre Civica is hard to miss
Once you have crossed the bridge you will soon catch sight of the enormous 43m (141ft) Torre Civica, which was once a look-out tower for the 12th century inner walls, but now serves as a clock tower.

In Piazza Garibaldi, one of the biggest squares, is the 14th century Church of San Francesco , which has a tranquil cloister housing the Museo Civica, the town’s museum. The museum has the biggest collection of works by local artist Jacopo dal Ponte, who was also known as Jacopo Bassano.

In the next square, Piazza Libertà, there is a 17th century sculpture of San Bassiano, the town’s patron saint, and a market is held there every Thursday.

In the highest part of the city you can visit the remains of the 12th century Castello Ezzelino. Within its walls is the Duomo - the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Colle - which dates back to the 11th century.

Nearby, the beautiful, peaceful Viale dei Martiri has lovely mountain views and provides a poignant memorial to 31 young partisans who were executed there by the Germans in September 1944. Many of them were hung from the trees that line the road and today each tree bears the name of the soldier who was murdered there and many display a photograph of the young victim.


White asparagus is a speciality of the area
White asparagus is a speciality of the area
Restaurant recommendation

To sample local specialities visit Antico Ristorante Cardellino, just a short walk from Palladio’s covered wooden bridge over the River Brenta. Located in Via Bellavitis, this traditional restaurant, which first opened in 1861, offers local dishes inspired by the ingredients in season. Among the specialities are il roastbeef all’inglese, baccalà alla vicentina and dishes featuring the locally-grown white asparagus. The restaurant is closed on Thursdays.

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