Q: What is it? A: An outlet village with 22 rather exclusive brands. Gucci, Armani, Fendi, Stella McCartney… If you have the time to spend in those stores, there may be some bargains for you. ”Oh, they enlarged the parking space.” It’s precisely three years after my first visit. The Mall is getting less and [...]
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Q: What is it? A: The factory outlet in Tuscany where Prada sells the stuff that won’t make it to the high street. I’ve already written a post about it here, but this update may come in handy nevertheless. * * * DRIVING DIRECTIONS AND MORE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST! * * * [...]
Q: What is it? A: A High Renaissance Tuscan villa that has been turned into a hotel, with ”frescoed ceilings, elaborate stucco work and colourful terrazzo floors” and a pretty unmotivated staff. Impressive. That’s the first word that comes to mind… While driving up the hill after having passed the manned gate, you can’t but [...]
Q: What is it? A: Somebody put a palazzo built in the 15th century on a hilltop in Chianti furnished it with a lot of modern stuff and added a pool and an ambitious kitchen! You arrive at the villa and the first person you meet is… Dr. Evil? From a distance he may resemble [...]
Q: What is it? A: A villa in Lucca, Tuscany where you sleep and eat and get very well taken care of. It’s just one of many Tuscan villas… …but it does its job quite well, (being a villa, that is). It actually looks and feels very much like the quintessential Italian villa; a former [...]