Lucca and the Surrounding Area

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Have you ever visited the beautiful city of Lucca? Have you ever been there when the camellias are in full bloom? Have you ever dressed up as a ninja with your friends for the famous Lucca Comics event? If not, the time has come for you and a group of friends or family to make unforgettable memories in Lucca! 



Cost and Terms & Conditions

Up to 4 guests ( 2 rooms ) € 160,00/per night.

Each additional person is € 25.00 / night. The offer varies according to the number of people.

Minimum stay 4 nights

10% off only with dooid (taxes included) on a minimum of a 7-night stay

An additional security deposit of € 400.00 is required for any damage caused to the property which will be refunded upon check out, after checking the house.

The reservation can be made up to two days before arrival subject to availability,

Payment Method: by bank transfer

Cancellation policy: free up to 30 days before arrival, after this deadline, 50% of the price of the stay will not be refunded.

Interesting Facts about the Apartment and the Area

The house was built around 1784, when it originally housed nuns. In the early 1900’s, however, it was transformed into a small farm and villagers went here to buy fresh milk and pork. Inside the structure, there are still some existing hooks which were used for hanging and drying pork. This went on up until the 1960’s. The building has been finely restored, preserving the stone exterior, and is ready to offer tourists an authentic experience.


The structure is located in the neighborhood called vicinato, perhaps because it is isolated, but yet close to the real village. This area is the oldest part of the town and if its walls could only talk! The most popular legend is surely that of “La Ciofa“. She was a witch, or at least considered a witch by the whole population, to whom accidents, misfortunes and various diseases were attributed. She was arrested in August 1720, only to be interrogated and tortured repeatedly. “La Ciofa” continued to proclaim her innocence; she avoided being burned at the stake, but was sentenced to ten years in prison.


What to Do and See

The Lucchesia, as it’s known in Italianis an area of Tuscany rich in art and culture, but also in various events that attract tourists and enthusiasts from all over Italy and beyond!

Borgo delle camelie lucca dooidThe city of Lucca is one of the jewels of Tuscany. The town is protected by walls on which you can take pleasant walks accompanied by the sound of rustling trees. You’ll see the famous towers (Torre delle Ore and Torre del Guinigi) above the rooftops. In the historic center you’ll find the Cathedral: Lucca is nicknamed the “city of a hundred churches” due to the large number of sanctuaries scattered within the city walls.

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As you wander along the cobblestone streets of the city and window shop, you’ll make your way to Piazza Napoleone, or Piazza Grande as it’s known by the locals. This is where most of the events, such as Lucca Comics and Games and the otaku event, take place. The piazza is also home to concerts like the Lucca Summer Festival which brings international stars such as Elton John.

Going back towards the village of the camellias, or Pieve and Sant’Andrea di Compito, art and nature come together. Strolling along the streets of these villages, you’ll be able to witness the most spectacular camellias, parks and historic villas. Sant’Andrea di Compito is a charming Tuscan village with narrow streets, stone walls, ancient buildings and even some villas from the 1700s.

How to Book

If you wish to purchase this fantastic Lucchesia apartment, simply fill in the contact form below including your mobile number. Otherwise we will reply by e-mail. Or if you need to communicate special needs, do not hesitate to e-mail us at and we will strive to meet all your needs!
Alternatively, you can always contact us on our Facebook page, we respond quickly!



Package code: 201903141658

Visiting Livorno: Sun, Islands, Flavours, and City-Life

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Have you ever considered visiting Tuscany’s coast? Livorno could be the perfect combination of city and sea. With its approximately 160,000 residents, it is the second largest city in Tuscany. Don’t expect the typical Tuscan medieval village here! Get ready for a port city that boasts excellent seafood cuisine, and a charming Venetian-style neighborhood with canals and beaches that extend to the south of the city. You can experience all this and much more by booking your stay in Livorno!

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What to Do and See


cosa fare a livorno dooidLocated in the center of Livorno, the evocative neighborhood of Venezia Nuova with its bridges, canals and squares, preserves some of the atmosphere of the Serenissima. This district was created in the 1700s in order to transport goods to the port and warehouses for storage in the elegant buildings for the merchant class. You will also have the opportunity to visit this area by boat along the canals that lead to the sea!

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Made immortal by the verses of Giosuè Carducci, just 50km from Livorno, rises the antique village of Bolgheri. The medieval castle lies at the end of a very long, tree-lined avenue. The town is not far from the coast and is immersed in the countryside full of vineyards and olive trees. Several ancient churches, the childhood home of the poet Giosuè Carducci and the Oratory of San Guido can also be visited. The village atmosphere is quaint with various artisan shops, wine bars, taverns and restaurants. The Bolgheri area is, above all, known for its excellent wine production.

The natural beauty of the area is stunning. The island of Capraia, which is part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, is a wild and uncontaminated paradise. Capraia is a place where you can enjoy diving, snorkeling, boating and discovering lovely coves and beautiful beaches.

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 120,00€ per person

The offer is valid from March 9, 2019 to June 2, 2019 and from August 31, 2019 to September 22, 2019.
The price includes: two nights in a double room with breakfast and a three-course dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Wine not included.

Terms & Conditions

cosa fare a livorno dooidReservations must be made between 30 and 7 days before arrival.

A credit card is required at reservation and balance due at check out.
Cancellation policy: free cancellation up to 3 days before check-in; 50% penalty on the total amount of the reservation with cancellation one day from the arrival; and 100% if the cancellation is made the day of check-in.

How to Book

If you wish to purchase this fantastic Livorno package, simply fill in the contact form below including your mobile number. Otherwise we will reply by e-mail. Or if you need to communicate special needs, do not hesitate to e-mail us at and we will strive to meet all your needs!
Alternatively, you can always contact us on our Facebook page, we respond quickly!

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 Package code: 201903131811

Relaxing Weekend in Catania

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How does a relaxing weekend in CataniaSicily sound? Overlooking the Ionian Sea and Mt. Etna, you’ll discover Catania’s art and natural beauty. With this special package you can enjoy a well-deserved break and indulge in Catania’s amazing cuisine!


Cost and Terms & Conditions

199€ per couple (meat dinner menu)

225€ per couple (fish dinner menu)

Offer Includes:

  • 2 nights in a double deluxe room with breakfast
  • 4-course dinner with wine tasting (3 glasses DOC wine)
  • shuttle service from airport/port/station

Payment Method: Deposit of 99 € required, balance due at check in. You can book at any time, even last minute (subject to availability).

How to Purchase: Read the final paragraph and fill out the form below

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation policy: the deposit amount paid will not be refunded, but you will be given the option of applying it towards a credit for a future reservation (within 6 mos).

Valid During: all year except 3-day weekends and holidays at which point there would be an increase of the offer price.


The Hotel

An oasis in the baroque heart of Catania where you’ll enjoy the comforts of personalized rooms, completely renovated spaces, furnishings and colors.

On the fourth floor of the building (equipped with elevator) you will enjoy a 180 ° view from the covered terrace of the most beautiful façade of the city center, in an area with limited evening traffic on weekends.
Ideal for leisure stays, individual or group, or business trips, you will be “pampered” by the managers and the attentive and dedicated staff. Free Wifi, available in all indoor and outdoor areas.

Also available for your leisure: a reading area with seasonal guides and information, tour desk, book-exchange and relaxation room, with refrigerator and drinks, kettle and herbal tea, toaster and microwave.


What to Do and See

Catania is not just a city of art! It overlooks a crystal clear sea just waiting to be discovered! 
The Riviera dei Ciclopi or the Cyclops Riviera is stunning: characterized by black lava that has reached the sea. Equally beautiful and noteworthy are the Grotte di Ulisse or the Ulysses Grotto where you can take a swim in the clear waters. In the fishing village of Acitrezza you can visit the protected area around the Faraglioni and the Lachea Island by pedal boat. And you cannot leave without tasting the best granita and pastries in the area at the Eden Bar!

pacchetto-weekend-rilassanteAdmiring Mount Etna, whose prominent outline is the backdrop to the whole city, is obviously a must.

Besides the amazing gifts of Mother Nature, you’ll also want to visit the Cathedral of St. Agnes which dominates the Piazza del Duomo; the town hall and the elephant fountain; the Roman Theater; Via Etnea and so much more!

How to Book

If you wish to purchase this fantastic Sicilian package, simply fill in the contact form below including your mobile number. Otherwise we will reply by e-mail. Or if you need to communicate special needs, do not hesitate to e-mail us at and we will strive to meet all your needs!
Alternatively, you can always contact us on our Facebook page, we respond quickly!


Package code: 201903081544

Tuscan-Emilian Appenines Getaway

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Tired of the monotony of everyday life? Stressed by city life and work? Do you need a break to relax and unwind? If you love nature- we have the perfect solution for you with this package! The Tuscan-Emilian Appenines will give you a well deserved respite from the daily routine while you breathe in lungfuls of fresh, clean air and enjoy the outdoors.

pacchetto-appennino-tosco-emilianoCost and Terms & Conditions

Double room= 90€ per couple

Included in the Offer: 

  • breakfast
  • dinner (choice of pizza or other courses)

The offer is valid from March 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 (subject to availability).

Payment Method: Payment on site by credit card, debit card or cash. Reserve anytime (subject to availability)

How to Purchase: Read the final paragraph and complete the form below

Cancellation Policy: Free within 24 hours before


What to Do and See

Castiglione dei Pepoli is a village of just five thousand inhabitants. Surrounded by greenery, it is seven hundred meters above sea level, in the middle of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. There are loads of activities to choose from that suit all tastes.

tuscan-emilian-appenines-bike-packageThe most recommended are trekking on the Dalla lana alla seta (From the Wool to the Silk) path and bike rides. You can even rent electric-assist mountain bikes for a less tiring alternative; and for the more adventurous, cycling trips in the woods!

There are plenty of opportunities to admire what Mother Nature has to offer on various trails. The paths around Lake Brasimone are certainly noteworthy and even became a research center financed by European Union in February 2019. Other equally beautiful lakes are  that of Santa Maria and Lake Suviana.

In addition to a wonderful landscape, Castiglione dei Pepoli also offers history and culture. You won’t want to miss the Boccadirio Sanctuary and the Rocchetta Mattei Castle.

In the summer, in addition to the many local activities, you can not miss the opportunity to go in search of porcini mushrooms! A true delicacy of the territory, the beech, oak and chestnut woods are abundant with these fungi. 

How to Purchase

If you wish to purchase the package for your escape to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, fill in the contact form below and if you wish to be contacted by phone, make sure to include your mobile number. Otherwise, we will reply by e-mail. If you need to communicate special needs, do not hesitate to e-mail us at and we will strive to meet all your needs!
Alternatively, you can always contact us on our Facebook page, we respond quickly!

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Catania Holiday

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A stay in Catania, a city in Sicily overlooking the Ionian Sea and dominated by Mt. Etna, to discover its art and natural beauty.


Cost and Terms & Conditions

195,00€ per person

Offer includes:

  • 3 nights in a double deluxe room with breakfast
  • welcome drink and fruit basket upon arrival
  • 1 day sailboat excursion
  • light, fish lunch aboard
  • pedal boat for exploring protected marine area
  • snorkeling mask and fins
  • shuttle service from airport/station/port

Additional nights: € 75,00 per night with breakfast

Payment Method: 99 euro deposit required with balance due upon check-in. Book at any time (subject to availability).

How to Book: read the final paragraph and complete the form below.

Cancellation policy: no fee if cancelled at least 30 days prior to check-in, otherwise the deposit will not be refunded. 

Valid during: July, August and September– subject to availability. During the August 15th holiday, a minimum stay of 5 nights required.


The Hotel

It’s an ideal oasis in the baroque heart of Catania where you’ll enjoy the comforts of its completely renovated, personalized rooms.

From the building’s fourth floor (with elevator) terrace you will enjoy a 180 ° view of the city center. Car traffic is limited on the weekends to make it even more pleasant.
Ideal for leisure stays, individual or group, or business trips, you will be “pampered” by the managers and the attentive staff. Free Wifi, available in all indoor and outdoor environments.

A reading area with seasonal guides and information, tour desk, book-exchange and relaxation room with refrigerator and drinks, kettle and herbal tea, toaster and microwave are also available for guests.


Catania is not just famous for its art, it also overlooks a crystal clear sea that is just waiting to be discovered!

This is why we propose a whole day sailboat excursion to the protected marine area of ​​the Ciclopi Riviera. We sail in the morning at 9am from the port (about 300 meters from the B & B) and sail along the beautiful rocky coast, characterized by the black color of lava flows that reach the sea. During the journey, an expert skipper will teach you the basics of the sailboat and the basic maneuvers. You’ll feel like a true sailor for a day. Our first stop is the natural sea caves, the Grotte di Ulisse, for a swim in the clear waters. We’ll pass by Acicastello, with its unmistakable landscape, to finally reach the fishing village of Acitrezza. By pedal boat, we’ll visit the protected area of Faraglioni and Lachea Island. You’ll dine on a delicious seafood lunch cooked on board and in the afternoon, enjoy a walk in the village center (don’t miss the area’s best granita (Italian ice) with croissant at the Eden Bar). Return to the port of Catania is scheduled for 18:30.

How to Book

If you’d like to book this fantastic holiday in Catania, fill out the form below including your mobile if you wish to be contacted by phone; otherwise, we’ll email you. If you have special requests, feel free to email us at and we’ll try our best to accommodate you. You can also write to us on our Facebook  page- we reply quickly!

While on holiday in Catania you can’t miss an excursion to Mt. Etna!
Choose the one that’s right for you:
Etna and Alcantara Gorges TourHiking Tour of Mt. Etna

Package code: 1807271626

Folk Traditions Festival in Petralia

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That’s right, folk is not just tradition, but a life style! It’s like a drug; once you go into the tunnel, you can’t come out. You don’t even try to stop, but if for some reason, you distance yourself from it for awhile, you miss it. After awhile you get used to being without it, but as soon as you hear that distinct sound of a cheerful accordion or an upbeat mazurka, you realize that your feet are independent of the rest of your body being commanded by the beat.

The Festival of Popular TraditionsPantomime dance of Cordella in Petralia Sottana (Palermo) is an example. This will be the XXXV Mediterranean Meeting of International Folklore held every year during August in this beautiful location within the Madonie Park. During the typical celebration of the Cordella dance, the ancient peasant traditions are recalled as a sign of hope for a fruitful harvest and married life. The festival lasts for four intense days that are packed with events, workshops and concerts from morning until late evening. There are even signing and dance workshops for children.

petralia-folk-festival-2018The last day is where the real party takes place which consists of the re-enactment of the traditional Sicilian wedding complete with a church ceremony and a wedding procession that from the village parades up to the pine forest above Petralia Sottana. The traditional Cordella dance concludes the festivities in a blaze of colored ribbons woven by twelve pairs of dancers to the rhythm of the cheerful sound of the tambourines.
Over the course of these four days the city changes its appearance, coming alive with people of all ages who fill the streets. Guests will notice the proud faces of children in their traditional garb and locals who participate enthusiastically keeping their island’s folk culture alive. Parades of local folk groups and international guests, cuisine from around the world, book lectures and finally concerts will delight.

But that’s not all. Grab a speaker, connect to a telephone, find a free square, some dancers and start again. Maybe you’ll only start with a few, 6 or 8 people, but as the music goes on, some passerbys stop to look. The energy and enthusiasm soon overwhelms them, and their swept into the growing climax of the dance. 

Folklore-petralia-sottana-eventiIt captures you and overwhelms you in its vortex.
It is an indispensable exchange of energy! You suddenly realize you are very tired, but the energy that your body expended is all returned to you in spirit by your dance partner, the people who dance around you, the music, the joviality of the moment, the desire to dance until exhaustion, to make friends and to fly … you realize that your body  no longer feels tired.

The newcomers can initially be skeptical, embarrassed because they do not know the steps or people with whom you dance; it’s normal. The Circassian circle loosens tension, loosens the body, confuses you, amuses you. You are inexorably involved. When the music starts, the dancers frantically run in search of a partner. There are never enough men. You search through the crowd looking for a volunteer. You can not find one. You draw one against his will. Resistance. You hastily reassure him that the steps are easy and that he will learn them in a few rounds, at each change of partner. It begins. He’s tense and embarrassed. He hesitates and his steps are uncertain. He continuously makes mistakes, again and again until finally, he’s having fun. He’s passionate and alive.

There is no age. Everyone is dancing with everyone. It is pure magic.

For more exciting ideas in the Palermo area, read our other articles: HimeraPorticello


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Artigianato Vivo Festival in Cison di Valmarino

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Cison di Valmarino

ArtigianatoVivo is an artisan festival held from 5 to 15 August in Cison di Valmarino in the province of Treviso, between Follina and Vittorio Veneto. It has steadily and increasingly attracted thousands of tourists from far and wide since 1980. There is talk of a turnout of 400,000 people this year.

The town of Cison – which has recently been inducted into the exclusive “club” of Borghi Più Belli d’Italia (Most Beautiful Villages of Italy)– comes to the forefront of excellent artisan craftsmanship that Italy truly does best.

200 exhibitors will present their unique products made strictly by hand at stands throughout the village. These types of festivals keep the Italian tradition and the art of “know-how” alive in this technological era in which craftsmanship is slowly dying.

In conjunction with the event, the Proloco organizes a series of side events such as concerts, animation shows, exhibitions and literary meetings.


Castle Brandolini


As I said, the tourist turnout is very high, and the whole territory merits a holiday of at least a few days. The artisan festival is a great opportunity to explore this beautiful area.

Cison di Valmarino is located in Valmareno, a valley dominated by the fortifications of the XII century Brandolini Castle which has been converted into a luxury hotel.

The Brandolini Counts were men of arms in feudal times and later became gentlemen dedicated to the economy, leaving an indelible imprint throughout the village.

The heart of the historic center is Piazza Roma which is dominated by Palazzo Marcello. It was the ancient Venetian villa of the Venetian doges Marcello, famous winners of the battle of Lepanto and the Loggia.

You will notice while walking through Cison that almost all the old houses have red or maroon shutters; a red that in these parts is called Rosso Brandolini.


Antiche Cantine Brandolini

Another example of the restoration of feudal buildings is the Antiche Cantine Brandolini. The building already appeared, as a basic structure, in fifteenth century maps. It has always been a particularly important place for the life of the village: built by the Brandolini family, it was initially used as a stable and then adapted to the wine production and conservation of agricultural products. It’s proof that the viticulture industry was already present in this area in distant times due to the high demand from Venice and the entire Veneto region.

As early as 1440, Valmareno already specialized in the cultivation of vines … and even today the entrire economy of the area is based on the production of wine, especially Prosecco.

Needless to say, this is an area where food and wine tastings are among the top tourist attractions. 

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You can not go to visit Cison di Valmarino without going through Rolle, a very small town surrounded by Prosecco vineyards. The poet Andrea Zanzotto defined it as “a postcard sent by the gods”. Beautiful all year through, the most fascinating season to visit Rolle is undoubtedly in autumn when the hills glow red.


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Grape Festival in Verla di Giovo Trentino


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In celebration of the grape harvest and in honor of part of what makes the region of Trentino famous, it’s the Grape Festival in Verla di Giovo. From September 20 through 22, Verla di Giovo in the Trento province will come alive for its 62nd annual Festa dell’Uva! If you’re planning to be in the area, you won’t want to miss it.


Verla di Giovo and its Wines

Verla di Giovo is located in the Cembra Valley. The altitude, sun exposure and soil make this terrain very unique for wine cultivation. At its highest points, the altitude exceeds 1,000 meters and “great mountain whites” like Pinot Bianco, Kerner, Chardonnay, Riesling and Müller Thurgau reign here. Remarkable Pinot Noirs and Schiava are also produced here. It would stand to reason that the area would want to celebrate some of its most prized contributions. And celebrate it does.

The Festival

The festivities begin on Friday, September 20 at 6 pm when the food and wine stands open. An entire article could be written about the delicacies alone! Scrumptious choices will be offered from the region such as polenta, pasta with wild boar sauce, sausages and cured meats, hand-crafted beers, apple fritters, crepes and of course- wine!

Grab something to eat and stay for the entertainment which will go on until after midnight with various tribute bands (including Queen), dancing, and children’s games. On Saturday, the fun begins at 2:30 pm with a children’s workshop followed by an entire evening of various shows and entertainment including a samba show and circus performance. At 10 pm, Piazza Molinari will host the famous Palio dei Congial.

This hilarious race involves the congial, which is used in the fields for transporting grapes during the harvest. On the steep slopes of the Valle di Cembra, this “container” is indispensable since the vines are difficult to reach by mechanical means. At the Grape Festival, the congial is used to haul water in a friendly contest between competing districts.



Marcia dell’Uva

Sunday morning, the 22nd, will begin with the famous Marcia dell’Uva at 9 am departing from the Central Village. You can choose from three different routes (5, 10 or 16 km) that wind through the typical stone walls of the area’s vineyards, between historic villages, ancient churches, farms and woods. Refreshment points along the way will offer tastings of local food and wine products. 

The Parade

The grand event will take place Sunday at 2:30 pm- the Sfilata. Similar to a parade or a procession, the sfilata pays tribute to the harvest with its beautifully colored, originally designed allegorical floats. This flamboyant procession of grapes invades the streets of the village of Giovo. Depicted in a myriad of shapes, dimensions and imaginative inspirations, it’s reinterpreted in all its facets. A whirlwind of enthralling enthusiasm depicting cultivation, harvest, traditional crushing, and the myths and legends related to wine and the cult of the god Bacchus. But it is not just a game: the floats are evaluated by a jury, which has the difficult task of voting for the best.

The rest of the day will be full of music, dance, food and of course, the awards ceremony declaring the winner of the sfilata at 6:30 pm. For more information about the event, visit the official website

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Eurochocolate Hotel Offer in Perugia

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The most popular chocolate-themed festival in Europe is back in the Umbrian capital of Perugia! Eurochocolate! Take advantage of this sweet Eurochocolate hotel offer for this special event.


Cost and Terms & Conditions
for the Perugia Eurochocolate Offer

40€ per person per night

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and becoming a VIP member!

Included in the price:


Payment Method: Cash, credit card or debit card upon check-in. Reservation can be made as late as 24 hrs (prior subject to availability).

How to Book: read the final paragraph and complete the form below.

Cancellation Policy: free cancellation up to 2 days prior to check-in. A penalty equivalent to a one-night’s stay will be charged if cancelled with less than 48 hours notice or in the case of a “no-show”.

Offer valid: from October 18-27 during the Eurochocolate event.

The Hotel

Located near the escalator right in the historic center of Perugia, the hotel is housed in an elegant Art Nouveau building built in the early 1900’s. It was totally renovated in 1998, when the owner transformed it into a hotel. Recently, some of interior has undergone additional renovation to enhance the characteristic features of the style and its decorative elegance.

The charming balconies, the large windows, the stained glass windows, the ceramic floors combined with the careful choice of details and appropriate furniture, offer the tourist a pleasant alternative to cold and impersonal modern structures.

For twenty years, the family-run hotel has been working hard and passionately to best accommodate families, couples and chocolate lovers! They offer double and family rooms with private bathrooms for a comfortable and relaxing stay in a quiet location just a stone’s throw from the festival. They offer an ample breakfast to start your day and immerse yourself in the medieval streets of the historic center of Perugia! In addition, a convenient parking lot, with a small fee by reservation, allows guests to leave their car and move freely about the city.


Eurochocolate 2019

Eurochocolate is one of the most famous chocolate festivals in Europe. It takes place every year in Perugia in October. Both Italian, European and international chocolatiers will be present with their innovations. There will be workshops where visitors can take part, food stands, themed events, tasting routes, shows and much more!

The origins of the event date back to 1994, and since it’s first edition, Perugia has definitely earned its well-deserved title of the “City of Chocolate”.

To learn more about Eurochocolate, read our complete article on the event!


How to Book

If you’d like to book this wonderful Eurochocolate offer, simply fill out the form below including your mobile number if you wish to be contacted by phone- otherwise, we’ll email you. If you have any special requests, feel free to email us at and we’ll try our best to accommodate you! You can also write to us on our Facebook page- we reply quickly!


Package Code: 201909131228

International Chocolate Festival in Perugia: Eurochocolate 2019


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Eurochocolate, the international chocolate festival is back from October 18-27, 2019 in Perugia!



Conceived by the architect Eugenio Guarducci in 1994, Eurochocolate is an event dedicated entirely to the Italian and international chocolate making tradition. Every year, the historic center of Perugia hosts chocolatiers and vendors who are eager to show off their prized creations to thousands of visitors. There really is something for everyone! From dark chocolate to white, from milk to gianduia, from pralines to filled boers, from Baci Perugina to the ingenious Chocokebab! The creations are mind-boggling and the festival itself is a feast for the palate as well as the eyes.

This Year’s Theme

This year’s creative theme is “Attacca Bottone” or roughly translated, “attaching buttons”. The theme draws attention to an everyday object. Buttons: functional, yet whose importance is often ignored. Buttons are also very symbolic in many cultures. For the superstitious, finding a button is said to bring good luck and new friendships. It is also said that dreaming of sewing on a button is a good omen.

A whole piazza will be dedicated to the object at hand, but, don’t think for a second they’ll be made of plastic! You’ll find the little gems made of all types of chocolate in various sizes. The “maxi-button” weighs a whopping 350 grams! You’ll find them packaged in elegant boxes made of Plexiglas and leather. Eurochocolate even made its way to Japan for the first time last February and in this eastern country, the button has even more symbolic value. 

In collaboration with the Santarcangelo di Romagna Button Museum, an exhibition will be set up with a historical section to take you on a journey through time and style.

Children can enjoy “Choco School” which will be dedicated to the festival’s young visitors offering workshops, cooking classes and other activities. The Icam Ciocopasticceria will also have a special area set up where kids can create their own personalized buttons. 


Program of Events

The fascinating chocolate sculptures by Barry Callebaut and other sculptors are back, transforming enormous chocolate blocks into real works of art before your eyes (Sunday, 20 October).

October 12th will include the classic “Chocoday” celebrations, the National Day dedicated to the food of the Gods.

Eurochocolate World, the section dedicated to the major cocoa producing countries, will allow visitors to discover the culture and traditions of the countries providing cacao for the entire world.

For the complete detailed program, visit the official Eurochocolate website.

The ChocoCard

Eurochocolate offers a “ChocoCard” for the most gluttonous visitors. It will allow you to take advantage of gifts and special discounts during the event. This card is not only valid in the festival stands, but also applies to hotels, restaurants, bars, museums and many other affiliated facilities. Thanks to the ChocoCard, you can also take part in a competition with a car up for grabs. Your card also comes with a bonus: a t-shirt and a chocolate bar!

The ChocoCard can be purchased for just 6 € at ChocoCard Points within the festival, at the stands of the Chocolate Show or at participating points of sale.




How to Get to Eurochocolate

The easiest way is to take the Minimetrò to the Pincetto station. The cost of the ride is € 1.50.
By car: park near the Pian di Massiano station.
By train: take the Minimetrò from Fontivegge station, next to the train station.
By bus: the driver will leave you in the Pian di Massiano area, from there you can take the Minimetrò.


Organize your trip to one of the most delicious events in Italy today!

Cycle Tourism in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region


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A bicycle ride: beautiful, ecological and healthy. What if it was much more than just a ride? What if it was an entire vacation? The Friuli Venezia Giulia region is the perfect place for cycle tourism! Here is a travel itinerary by bike to help you get started.

Cycling in Friuli

The landscape of Friuli Venezia Giulia, so splendidly diverse, has some of the most idyllic routes in Europe.

A multitude of breathtaking views are accessible to cyclists. From the heavenly sea of ​​the Trieste coast to the gentle hills of the Gorizia Karst, from enchanting lakes and gushing waterfalls to the unperturbed tranquility of the spectacular Alps Giulie, from the historical richness of Palmanova and Aquileia to the infinite colors of the Collio– it’s all just a ride away.


The Routes

A total of 409 cycling paths cross the entire territory and wind through all types of terrain (asphalt, bike paths, dirt roads), making it easier for people to travel. In fact, throughout Friuli, an interesting project is underway providing incentives to a fast growing sector- pedal assisted bicycles. Thanks to the involvement of numerous partners, you can now travel by electric bike (e-bikes) between Aquileia, Rosazzo Abbey, Cormòns, Duino, Gorizia, Gradisca d’Isonzo, Grado, Monfalcone and Palmanova with the certainty of finding charging stations along the way. The totems are equipped with a “QR Code” to assist the rider with itineraries and local environmental tips. This has enhanced the already amazing Cycleways of ReCIR (Rete delle Ciclovie di Interesse Regionale) which are under constant development for a projected length of over 1,000 kilometers. These are the main regional arteries reserved for cyclists’ transit and that connect with the Italian cycle network (Bicitalia) and the European cycle network (Eurovelo). Of these, the Alpe Adria Ciclovia (bridge between Friuli and Austria, since it connects the town of Grado to Salzburg) boasts the enviable record of having been declared the “Best Cycle Route in Europe“. But let’s see all nine in detail:

ROUTE                                              NAME                                                                KM
FVG 1                                      Ciclovia Alpe Adria                                                   190
FVG 2                                      Ciclovia del mare Adriatico                                    215
FVG 3                                      Ciclovia pedemontana e del Collio                       165
FVG 4                                      Ciclovia della pianura e del Natisone                   200
FVG 5                                      Ciclovia dell’Isonzo                                                    35
FVG 6                                      Ciclovia del Tagliamento                                           85
FVG 7                                      Ciclovia del Livenza                                                    25
FVG 8                                      Ciclovia della montagna carnica                              70
FVG 9                                      Ciclovia della bassa pianura pordenonese            55


Benefits of Cycle Tourism

Traveling by bike is simple and cheap, not to mention a great cure-all for people of all ages. Once in Friuli, you can reach your chosen route by bus or boat, but by train is probably the most convenient. On the regional trains, every traveler is entitled to free transport of a folding bike (provided that the dimensions are not greater than 80 x 110 x 40 cm) or a standard bicycle at the cost of a second-class ticket. Alternatively, you can also purchase a bike supplement valid for 24 hours on the regional trains that are marked with a bicycle symbol.

Finally, it should be noted that PromoTurismoFVG has recently released a practical guide “Cicloturismo in Friuli Venezia Giulia” which contains a removable map. The guide illustrates a wide range of routes by bike with particular attention to intermodality, connections with international cycle networks (Slovenia, Austria, Germany), the world of e-bikes, discovering  landscapes and cultural resources, and the routes that have made the Giro d’Italia a national sport.

So, what are you waiting for? The time to move is now!


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The Grape Festival in Impruneta in the Chianti Region

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Just outside Florence in the Chianti region, the Grape Festival in Impruneta (or La Festa dell’Uva di Impruneta) is held every September. Ninety-three years later, it has grown to one of the most beloved events in all of Tuscany.

The History

It began in 1926, in order to promote grape consumption during the economic crisis. Since then, Impruneta’s Piazza Buondelmonti has been the epicenter of the festivities on the first Sunday of every September.

The first four years of the festival began as a competition among the main agricultural producers of the area. Over time, lines were drawn dividing the town into the four rioni (or districts). Each rione has its own individual identity and continues to interpret the festival in its unique way with costumes and original floats in the parade. Due to the improvements in technology, the modern era has become quite an entertaining and delightful spectacle for the thousands that gather every year to celebrate the harvest of the “fruit of life”. This year’s festival will go from September 1st through 29th when the festivities culminate at the main event- the parade.



Useful Info

  • The detailed program can be found on the official site of the Grape Festival of Impruneta (Italian only)
  • The program is subject to change, especially due to unforeseen weather events
  • A maxi screen will be set up in Piazza Buondelmonti where you can watch the live broadcast
  • Tickets are available on the official website of the event.



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A Single Day in Perugia: What to See and Do

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Perugia, the splendid Umbrian capital, has breathtaking views, a magical atmosphere and a medieval flair. It boasts its own, unique culinary tradition and is rich in artistic and monumental treasures. It’s been defined as a “museum city”. Let’s walk along the streets of this medieval town and find out what to see in single day in Perugia.

Fontana Maggiore 

In the heart of the city, you’ll find Piazza IV Novembre with its Fontana Maggiore. Born from the design of Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, the fountain is made up of two pink and white marble basins, with a bronze amphora in the center. The water spews out from the heads of three nymphs. The upper basin is adorned with columns which depict characters from the city’s history, while the lower is decorated with fifty panels of an agricultural theme.


Cathedral of San Lorenzo 

Also located in Piazza IV Novembre is the Cathedral whose façade and side still remain incomplete since construction ended in the year 1490. The colors of the side panel (white and pink marble) reflect those of the Fontana Maggiore. Overlooking Piazza Danti, the main entrance of the Cathedral is characterized by a Baroque portal. Inside, we find ourselves in front of three large naves divided by pillars and beautiful decor also made by famous names. If your interest is profoundly artistic, you will find the Capitular Museum (Museo Capitolare) in the cloister of the Cathedral.


Palazzo dei Priori and the Galleria Nazionale of Umbria

On the opposite side of the Cathedral, you’ll find Palazzo dei Priori. From the Piazza IV Novembre, a stairway leads to the Sala dei Notari where magnificent frescoes from the end of the 13th century are preserved. 

On the top floors of this building is the prestigious Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria. Here, there are works from the 13th to the 19th century, displayed in chronological order. It’s home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections in all of Italy. Masterpieces preserved in this Gallery include works by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Pinturicchio and Perugino.

For more info, opening times and tickets visit the official website.


San Severo Church

Coming from Piazza Danti and continuing on Via Raffaello you will arrive in a small square where the Church of San Severo is located. In its chapel, you’ll find frescoes by one of the most important painters in the history of art- Raffaello– which were later completed by Perugino. 

The Aqueduct

In ancient times, the Fontana Maggiore was fed by the aqueduct that brought water from Monte Pacciano to the city center. The extraordinary aspect of this aqueduct is that in 1245, it was able to successfully supply water to the hilly city without the use of pumps. By the mid-1800’s, the aqueduct was no longer in use, but today it offers visitors a fascinating route through the city. The most beautiful and characteristic point is undoubtedly the one that goes towards Piazza IV Novembre, called Porta Sant’Angelo.


What to Eat in Perugia

The Perugian cuisine is simple, genuine and excellent. On Umbrian tables you will find truly exceptional hams, cured meats and cheeses. One of the most famous, traditional dishes is the faraona alla leccarda (guinea-fowl similar to pheasant). Many local recipes also contain truffles. Desserts are also taken seriously in Umbria and include pinoccate (a typical dessert made from pine nuts) and torcolo (a fruit cake).



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International Food Festival in Gorizia in the Friuli Region

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The city of Gorizia in the Friuli region of north-eastern Italy will be transformed into a globe and divided into 20 distinct geographical villages. More than 400 stands representing over 50 countries of the world will delight the palate at Gusti di Frontiera. The immense and incomparable international culinary bazaar celebrating its sixteenth edition, will take over Gorizia September 26th through 29th with its multi-ethnic flags, its sparkling colors and its sought-after flavors and specialties.



Countries Represented

This peaceful and benevolent invasion will include the countries of: Albania, Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Chile, China, Croatia (with Istria, Slavonia, Dalmatia and the Zagreb region), Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, Jordan, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Holland, Peru, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Scandinavia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Hungary, USA, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Food and more food. Yes, because food is the undisputed protagonist of this surprising event which will make your head spin with its variety from which to choose. Whether your preference is spicy oriental dishes, South American street food delicacies, or the great classics of Italian regional cuisine, every meal will live up to your highest expectations. In fact, at the table, the whole world is a country and eating is a universal pleasure in every language and in every culture!

This year, to further expand the already wide range of nations celebrated during this festival, we have a new entry: the African Village that will offer the recipes and typical dishes of Tunisia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Egypt and other countries of north Africa, southern and central Africa for a total of 19 stands.

A special concert by the young Gorizia singer Tish (Tijana Boric) will be held following the inauguration ceremony in the afternoon of the 26th.



Impeccable Organization

Along with tantalizing aromas, celebration is in the air! The borgo or villages will be organized geographically throughout the streets and piazzas. You’ll find a convenient map at the invent itself or you can download the Let’s Go Gorizia App. Here is a breakdown: Borgo Africa, Borgo Austria, Borgo Central Europe, Borgo Northern Europe, Borgo France, Borgo Italy, Borgo Friuli Venezia Giulia, Borgo Associations, Borgo Latin America, Borgo Orient, Borgo Slovenia and the Balkans, Borgo Street Food and Piazza del Gusto.

And if all this were still not enough, the mornings and afternoons of the “Salotto del Gusto” in Piazza Sant’Antonio will be the icing on the cake of Gusti di Frontiera as they will illustrate, through workshops, conferences, meetings and tastings, the agri-food frontiers of the territory. On hand will be multiple experts and nationally and internationally renowned chefs and guest speakers.

Impeccable organization, a world of delicacies, quality and attention to raw materials, ethnic craftsmanship, concerts, shows, cultural entertainment, and special programs reserved for children- this is Gusti di Frontiera!

Opening Hours of Gusti di Frontiera

Thursday 26 September: from 17:00 to 3:00 am

Friday 27 September: 10:00 to 3:00 am

Saturday, September 28: 10:00 to 3:00 am

Sunday, September 29: 10:00 to 24:00


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The Chianti Region in Tuscany Has It All


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Chianti. Chi-an-ti (key-ahn-tee). Even the word itself sounds beautiful and luscious. It’s not one of Italy’s twenty official “regions”, but it is an area within the region of Tuscany. Confusing? Not really. 

The Area

Chianti is nestled between the rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany’s Florence and Siena provinces. The area is based on wine production so its borders can vary. Within the area, the various municipalities (like counties) that are considered part of Chianti are: Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and parts of Barberino Tavarnelle, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Poggibonsi and San Casciano in Val di Pesa. These are the areas that grow grapes which produce Chianti Classico DOCG (minimum of 80% Sangiovese grapes). There are other bordering municipalities which also produce Chianti wine, but not under the Chianti Classico DOCG label. For those of us that are not sommeliers, it suffices to know that Chianti wine is known throughout the entire world and goes way beyond the decorative straw flask bottle found on the shelves of almost every Italian restaurant on the planet. 



Each of its distinct areas could easily be the focus of an entire article- each with its own prized wineries, bed and breakfasts, farm houses converted into exquisite restaurants and churches and abbeys dating back hundreds of years. 

Greve in Chianti 

Speaking from my own personal experience, I’ll attempt to relay visiting Greve in Chianti because it’s what I know best. My favorite time to visit is in autumn when the grape harvest is over and when the acres of rolling vineyards have begun their journey from a deep, luscious green to the warm hues of orange, yellow and red.

Just 8 kilometers west of Greve in Chianti, on the road between Greve and Sambuca, lies Badia a Passignano. It wasn’t by any means intended to be our destination, but rather, we found it by accident while exploring one day in early November.


Abbazia di Badia a Passignano

There it was. Immersed in a grove of ancient cypress, a massive castle-like structure that looked like it came out of a fairy tale. As we excitedly followed the road, we realized that the “castle” was actually the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo (also known as the Abbazia di Badia a Passignano). There were very few cars parked in the ample lot and the two or three restaurants seemed to be filled with locals (always a good sign). 

We decided to explore the Abbey and were pleasantly surprised to find a young, Indian monk of the Benedictine Vallombrosan Order there to greet us. He explained that we could have a tour if we’d like to come back in about an hour. Um, yes, please! An espresso and a pastry later, we were back with a couple of other tourists for our amazing tour. The monastery itself dates back to 1049. Highlights of the visit are the kitchen and a breathtaking fresco by Ghirlandaio!

Where to Dine

After our tour, we decided to continue meandering through the hills and see if our good luck would follow us to our restaurant choice for lunch. I’m happy to report, it did. We ended up at the Cantinetta di Rignana just four short kilometers away (however, the roads would have been better navigated with a 4-wheel drive vehicle). This quaint restaurant is the ultimate Tuscan foodie experience and we have since been back on various occasions. In the autumn, you can feast on the bounties of the season from wild boar to truffles and a wine list that is twelve pages long (if you download it from their website). The view of the rolling vineyards and the silence is other-worldly and probably exactly what one imagines a true Tuscan experience should be. 

I’m happy to tell you that not only does it truly exist in places like Chianti, it actually thrives.



Useful Info

There isn’t a wealth of information readily available about the Abbey, but these opening hours were listed.

Open by reservation (tel 055 807 11 71) or by ringing the bell during the following hours:
Weekdays and Saturday: 10 am to 12 noon and 3 pm to 5.30 pm (4.30 pm in winter)
Sunday 3 pm to 5.30 pm (5 pm in winter)
Closed on Thursdays.

Visit the official Chianti Classico website for more detailed information about Chianti Classico wine and events.


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Visiting Gorizia in the Friuli Region of Italy

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If ever there were a city that could make you fall in love with it at first sight, Gorizia would be it. Gorizia, noble and kind, from its history to its prose. A fascinating city with culture, history and superstitions all to be unearthed. Let’s find out what to see in Gorizia through the eyes of a local!


Gorizia’s Rich Past

Everything here gives a clue of a life lived from remarkable sovereigns to great personalities. The intervention of Empress Maria Teresa of Austria was essential to the urban, commercial and artistic development of Gorizia. This city was also the birthplace of the Nobel Prize winner in nuclear physics, Carlo Rubbia, and the philosopher and poet Carlo Michelstaedter.

Inhabited since prehistoric times and then officially called “Gorica” beginning in the year 1001, Gorizia has always carried itself with elegance. Its historical path is truly majestic: from the ancient dynasty of the Eppenstein to the Hapsburg center and finally divided in two, between Italy and Yugoslavia, at the time of the Great War.


What to See

Of all the places to see in Gorizia, its castle is the stand out “must see”. Built between 1000 and 1300, it boasts a collection of medieval armor. With its precious furnishings and its witty spirits (not all of which are friendly) wandering around the manor, the castle tells visitors a story of its ancient past. There seems to be a peaceful dwarf living in its basement who is intent on welding metal.

On summer nights, if you stop along the walkways of the castle, it’s rumored that you might meet the ghost of Countess Catherine. The Countess lived there between the 14th and 15th centuries and perished under mysterious circumstances following the frantic search for a fabulous treasure chest that was eventually stolen by the devil himself. In addition, at the ramparts of the fortress walls, a misunderstood creature named Serafina (presumably a powerful witch) seems to cast evil spells- if not death – on all those she encounters! EEEK! 

Other historic sites you won’t want to miss are its 14th century duomo and its World War I museum.


Extreme Hospitality

But don’t let these tales scare you away because Gorizia is also a kind city. In fact, it welcomes people of all kinds and origins with a bow and savoir faire. It’s open, friendly, and hospitable which makes it extraordinarily livable. Its an irreplaceable reference point in the region in regard to farming, tasting rooms in the local cellars and characteristic taverns, but yet a strategic and extremely popular center of human cohesion.

Both exciting and reassuring, Gorizia is overflowing with events throughout the year such as: the Spring Festival, Falconry Days, the Fair of Saint Andrea and the real highlight of Gorizia- Gusti di FrontieraGorizia certainly embodies the ideal city to holiday, to trade and perhaps, to even move to for a new beginning. Why not?

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Last Minute September 2019 Holiday Offers in Italy


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For many, summer holidays are already fading away as a not-so-distant memory. But, for those of you that still may be trying to plan your holiday in September, we’ve got some fabulous last-minute September 2019 holiday offers for you throughout Italy!

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Dooid’s Last Minute September 2019 Holiday Offers 

Val di Non with Breakfast and Complimentary Trentino Guest Card 

If what you are looking for is peace and unspoiled nature, this package is just what you need! During your stay at this farm you can go on excursions and walks in the surrounding area’s lakes and streams. You’ll also enjoy delicious food with fresh and genuine local products, such as the famous high-altitude apples. Thanks to the Trentino Guest Card, you will be able to visit the major cultural sites (such as museums or castles) with special discounts both for travel and for tourist guides.

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Salento with Breakfast

Stay in a beautiful B&B just a stone’s throw from the sea between Torre Vado and Pesculose marinas. From almost all the rooms of the structure you can enjoy a panoramic view of the marina, the sea and the green Mediterranean landscape. The beach is only 350 m from the resort. The B&B’s location is excellent for reaching Santa Maria di Leuca, Pesculose, Gallipoli and Torre Vado.

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Breakfast and Beach Service in Abruzzo

The hotel is located in Villa Rosa di Martinsicuro (Teramo). This welcoming and harmonious hotel has twelve mini-apartments furnished in oriental style. The apartments are equipped with every comfort and scented to give guests a feeling of relaxation. Its strategic location will allow you to spend your days in a perfect combination of sea, mountains and culture. All this is located just a few kilometers away from Villa Rosa.

For details on this offer, click here!

Breakfast and Hotel in Comacchio

The property is located right in the center of Comacchio and overlooks one of the city’s many canals. Furthermore, the hotel is located near the famous Treponti Bridge. It’s the perfect package to visit “Little Venice” and at the same time enjoy the last days at sea by going to the beaches of Comacchio, which are just 5 km away from here.

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Breakfast Included in Either Catania or Zafferana Etnea

Thanks to the collaboration between these two hotels, this fantastic offer will let you experience either Catania or Etna and the stunning Sicilian sea. If your choose Catania, the structure is right in the heart of the city. At guests’ disposal: reading area, relaxation room with cool drinks, herbal teas, toaster and microwave.

If instead you prefer Zafferana Etnea, the accommodation consists of a lovely apartment equipped with every comfort such as air conditioning, wi-fi, courtesy kit and much more. The town of Zafferana is 26 km from Catania and 26 km from Taormina.

You may also choose to add “half-board” to this offer.

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Breakfast and Dinner in Tuscany

The property is located in Civitella Paganico, in the countryside between Siena and Grosseto. A perfect place to relax, take walks and spend time outdoors. The farm house offers its guests a swimming pool, a poolside barbecue and tables. You can choose to spend your stay in the apartment or in your room.
This area is also perfect for organizing day trips or food and wine tours.

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Breakfast and Wine in Saturnia

The hotel’s rooms have canopy beds adding a fairy tale touch of charm. All of the rooms are equipped with every comfort as well as each having a private entrance. The natural waterfalls of Saturnia are a stone’s throw from the hotel along with the Terme di Saturnia with which the hotel has special offers. Furthermore, it is possible to buy organic olive oil and vegetables.

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Breakfast in Perugia

Located right in the center of the Umbrian capital, next to the escalators, this hotel is in an exceptional location. You’ll be right in between the ancient streets of the historic center of Perugia and the hills. The building that houses the hotel is already a true work of art: in Liberty style, with charming balconies and large glass windows.

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