10 Hotels with Eye-Popping Design and Architecture
A blog post for From the Grapevine, November 2017
"Increasing numbers of bold, experimental hotels are popping up in countries all across the globe, whether they occupy refashioned heritage buildings or new, purpose-built structures..."
The Foodie’s Guide to Florence
A blog post for City Wonders, October 2017
"Florence may be mostly renowned as an exquisite repository of priceless art, but as hungry travellers already know, this Tuscan city is just as pleasing to the stomach as it is to the eyes..."
Oliver’s Travels Guide to The Italian Lakes
A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, October 2017
"In the Italian Lakes, saffron-infused risottos, fresh-from-the-net lake fish and cheese-topped polenta are the big hitters everywhere from Michelin-starred restaurants to humble trattorias..."
Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sicily, Italy
A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, August 2017
"Sicily is a veritable open-air museum of extraordinary archaeological sites nestled among staggering and oh-so-dramatic nature (we’re talking volcanoes exploding into the night sky)..."
Oliver’s Travels Guide to Umbria, Italy
A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, May 2017
"Rolling hills carpeted in green, interrupted only by rows of pristine vineyards and serene olive groves, picture-perfect towns and fine cobbled-street villages: Umbria is Italy at its very best..."
Oliver’s Travels Guide to Puglia, Italy
A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, March 2017
"There are good reasons why Puglia is the Italian region of the moment. Here are just three of them: the extraordinary cuisine, the exuberant architecture and the picture-perfect coastline..."
Eight Fantastic Funiculars Around the World
A slideshow blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2016
"Hilly Pittsburgh boasts two funiculars: the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines. Both dating back to the late 19th century, they trundle up the dauntingly steep Mount Washington slope..."
Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sicily, Italy
A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, October 2016
"It might be a part of Italy, but Sicily has carved its own individual identity over the centuries. Today, it is an open-air museum of incredible archaeological sites amid staggering scenery..."
Genoa City Vacation Guide
A city guide for Expedia, April 2016
"Part of Italy’s Riviera, on the northwestern coast, Genoa offers visitors a glimpse of authentic Italian life, where great family-run restaurants dish up the region’s famous speciality: pesto..."
Immersive Accommodation for Adventure Travelers
A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2016
"Leave your comfort zone and high-thread-count sheets behind to experience an Amazonian lodge, a real Bedouin hut or another of these culturally-immersive accommodation options..."
Adler Mountain Lodge: All-In Dolomites Luxury
An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2016
"The incredible beauty, drama and otherworldliness of the Dolomites make it one of the most spectacular and rewarding natural landscapes in the world. And it isn’t overrun with tourists..."
La Spezia City Vacation Guide
A city guide for Expedia, October 2015
"Hop off the tourist trail and come to experience the lively atmosphere of La Spezia; a packed naval city loved by tourists as a gateway to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre's coast..."
Hidden Puglia: A Cultural Journey
A tour itinerary for Unique Backroad Journeys, July 2015
"Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, is a visual and culinary feast, a place to sooth your soul while discovering a new and delightful area of Italy. At every turn there’s another sight to behold..."
Artsy and Affordable: The Boutique Hostel Boom
A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2015
"What springs to mind when you think of a hostel? Creaky beds, a loose interpretation of the health code and random roomies with no volume control? Those old rules no longer apply..."
Five Global Cookbooks to Look For in 2015
A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2015
"Informative and creative cookbooks are opening up the world of possibilities, shedding light upon the aromas, flavours and cultural significance of far-flung foods. Here are our top five..."
Tuscany Escapes: An Introduction
Website copy for Tuscany Escapes, March 2015
"There are legions of other alluring Tuscan towns, hilltop hamlets, coast-hugging villages and rural estates to be explored and experienced, each with its own unique identity and flavour..."
Sardinia: The Perfect Mediterranean Escape
Website copy for Sardinia Homes, February 2015
"Among the largest and most dramatic islands in the Med, Sardinia boasts an endless series of spectacular seascapes, with windswept dunes, vertical cliffs, deserted coves and inlets..."
Lake Garda: Italy’s Shimmering Jewel
Website copy for Discover Lake Garda, February 2015
"Lake Garda has been charming visitors with its natural beauty for centuries - enticing them all with a romantic mix of dazzling waters, mighty mountains, gentle plains and medieval towns..."
2015: Five Luxury Events in the Year Ahead
An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2015
"Even for polo lovers, the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final is a special event - a rare chance to see the most elite polo players on form against the backdrop of the impressive Windsor Castle..."
Winter Sports in Lake Como
A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, December 2014
"For most visitors to the Italian Lakes, it’s all about sun and swimming, but when Lake Como casts off its summer skin - and its big summer crowds - it makes room for wintery delights..."
Livorno City Vacation Guide
A city guide for Expedia, August 2014
"While Livorno is far less famous, and far more industrial, than its Tuscan neighbours, its lack of pretentions is an asset. Start at the 17th-century canals of Piccola Venezia (Little Venice)..."
Rome City Vacation Guide
A city guide for Expedia, April 2014
"Epic architecture, classic art and sunny piazzas set the scene in Italy’s divine capital. Rome's many residents are happy to talk about the city’s best pizzeria or their favorite soccer team..."
Express Guide to Verona
A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“Ever since Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, this Northern Italian city has been etched into the world’s consciousness as a city of love. Yet Verona is often overlooked by tourists..."
Splendor at Sea: A Cruise on the MS Europa 2
An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The stunning suite around me is remarkably roomy, with a generous floor space of 28 square meters split between a large bedroom-slash-living room and a rather substantial bathroom..."