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VERONA DAY

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? That is the romantic cry not only of Shakespearean scholars but of movie addicts worldwide. Ever since Gary Winick’s 2010 movie Letters to Juliet, starring Vanessa Redgrave et al, there’s a nonstop deluge of incoming messages coming into Verona from every nation (yes, it’s like writing to Father Christmas in Lapland). Marvellously, teams of Verona volunteers email back, spreading the appeal of actually coming to Verona.

Girlahead says that as well as oozing Capulet culture and the nationwide appeal of Brand Italy, Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage, is also renowned for its opera, in the Roman Arena di Verona amphitheatre. Its next highly renowned Opera Festival, its 99th, is slated for 17 June through to 4 September 2022.

Where to stay, at any time? Hotel Indigo – Grand Hotel Des Arts is eight minutes’ walk from the Arena, straight along Corso Porta Nuova to #105 Corso Porta Nuova. The clever conversion of a central-city palace dating back to the 18th century is now a 62-room stylish hotel. There are four 48sq m corner suites, one on each floor. All have the same layout but the ground floor one looks directly into the hotel’s inner garden.

Could this once have been the Capulets’ own home, perhaps? In fact what is usually considered their base, Casa di Giulietta, is only 16 minutes’ walk away. Hotel GM Tina Ingaldi loves trekking the city, and she can give you directions to her own favourite flea market, 20 minutes’ walk away. Back at base, relax with Arya Bar & Mixology comfort foods, say baked eggplant and mushroom-cream pasta, perhaps paired with Shakespeare Martinis, composed with Grapeheart Gin.

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Sybaritic Single says GUCCI

The Sybaritic Single never really understood the obsession with Lake Como. Provincial, difficult to reach and cannot be really done in
short weekend. His family, on the contrary, enjoyed spending weeks after weeks exploring its picture-perfect shores and sipping Bellini after Bellini at Villa d’Este (above).
Even less than the lake, the Sybaritic Single enjoyed the idea of ever sleeping at an Airbnb. Virtues of the new shared economy never really appealed to him. Luxury hotels with their armies of well-trained butlers and concierges seemed a much safer and reasonable choice – until House of Gucci got the fashion world abuzz. Starring in the film is Villa Balbiano, a historical palazzo located in Ossuccio on the western shore of Lake Como, which one can rent on Airbnb starting from tomorrow, 6th December 2021. In the film, Villa Balbiano is the site of Gucci family patriarch Aldo Gucci’s home.
The villa was built in late XVI century by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, who used it as his main residence. A century later, it was expanded and embellished by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini, who was known for hosting extravagant high society festivals, banquets and dances at the property.
Today, it is one of the largest private residences on the lake, featuring six suites designed by Jacques Garcia. The property is filled with objets d’art and antique furniture from centuries gone by, acquired from Sotheby’s and Christie’s. XVII century frescoes that adorn the walls, painted by the Recchi brothers and Agostino Silva, remain untouched. Surrounding the house is a sprawling garden distinguished by the British Society of Garden Designers. There are also an outdoor swimming pool, a private pier and a boathouse.
Is it enough to make the Sybaritic Single get over his snobbery and make a one-off booking on Airbnb for a Gucci-inspired Italian sojourn? Il tempo lo dirà.
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A ST MORITZ RUN

ST MORITZ  launches its Christmas market on Sunday, 5th December 2021, and on the same day the second stage of the Tales of Tree Christmas light show takes off with a new adventure. It is a heart-warming Christmas tale for children and adults, created in partnership with Oliver Conrad, the international director of animated films, who is a ‘son of St. Moritz’. The film with musical accompaniment will be projected on to the façade of the Town Hall at sunset every day until 9 January 2022.

The Winter Opening Weekend of 10–12 December 2021 marks the official launch of St Moritz’s winter season. The Alpine metropolis is hosting the Audi FIS Ski World Cup St. Moritz with two Ladies Super-G races. Further attractions include famous music acts, with open-air concerts by Italian icon Umberto Tozzi (“Gloria”), “What is Love” singer Haddaway and Latin-pop vocal phenomenon Lou Bega (“Mambo No. 5”). This soundtrack to the weekend is sure to create a rousing party atmosphere and take audiences on a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s and 90s.

St Moritz’s best-known luxury hotel is BADRUTT’S PALACE, where Girlahead has enjoyed many memorably happy stays – she loves lake-view suite 310. Named for a builder’s son Johannes Badrutt, 1819-89, who opened it in 1896, today the 163-room Leading hotel has a large number of repeat guests, particularly among the old-money clientele that likes Switzerland during the hotel’s Summer season.  Congratulations to hotel MD Richard Leuenberger for many things, including one of the best REAL-PAPER MAGAZINES, Tower, in the entire luxury lifestyle world.

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