Gritti Palace Hotel Re-Opening in Venice

Venice’s Gritti Palace hotel will re-open in February 2013 following a 15-month renovation. (Unfortunately, it will not be in open in time for Carnevale which is at the end of January this year.) The palace which was originally built in 1475 as a private residence is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection. All of the hotel’s 61 rooms and 21 suites …

Spend Christmas in Italy with These Hotel Packages

Hotels throughout Italy realize what a special experience it is to spend Christmas in Italy where frankly, the holiday remains more authentic and family-oriented than in the United States. If you’re plotting an Italian Christmas vacation, here are some special places to spend the holiday:  Two Amalfi Coast hotels are offering packages that include a chance to experience age-old Italian artistery. One offers an …

Fall Deals on Amalfi Coast and Sicily Hotels

Ragosta Hotels is offering discounted fall rates through November 30, 2011 starting at 150€ to 250€ per night for Hotel Raito and Relais Paradiso on the Amalfi Coast and La Plage Resort in Taormina, Sicily. This is quite the deal since rooms at Relais Paradiso usually start at 500€. There are only 22 rooms here, with stunning views of the …

Slick Sicily Hotel: Atelier Sul Mare

When Ann Cochran was visiting Sicily to write September’s print newsletter stories on Cefalù and Siracusa, she heard about a funky, art hotel on the coast between Cefalù and Palermo. We didn’t have room for it in the print newsletter this month but it is worth mentioning for those looking for an interesting hotel stay:If you have a car, consider …

World Hotels: Pay in Dollars in Italy

With the euro coming in at stomach-turning highs, you may think that to Italy is too costly. (Personally, we never think that.) However, World Hotels may save the day. This summer, the international hotel company is offering a “Stay in Europe, Pay in Dollars” deal to North American visitors offering hotel rooms at a one euro to one dollar exchange …