Locanda in Tuscany: luxury country retreat

Locanda in Tuscany is a luxury country retreat in Val d’Orcia (Tuscany), a UNESCO protected area, filled with tiny hamlets and medieval villages, atmospheric churches and castles. Guests at Locanda in Tuscany are guaranteed a quiet, exclusive stay in a Tuscan country house with stunning views over the landscape. There are only nine rooms and […]

Borgo San Felice: luxury retreat in the hills of Tuscany near Siena

Borgo San Felice is a Relais & Chateaux 5-star hotel created out of an 8th century hamlet (restored in 1991) which is 350 metres above sea level and just 15 kilometres from Siena, ten kilometres from Castelnuovo Berardenga and an hour drive from Florence. If you are looking for a luxurious retreat in the hills of […]

La Bandita Townhouse Tuscany: luxury boutique hotel in Pienza

La Bandita Townhouse  is set amidst the cobblestoned streets of Pienza (Tuscany), a jewel of a Renaissance town near Montepulciano. Until it opened, there were few luxury boutique hotels in the town. La Bandita Townhouse could be the backdrop for an epic Hollywood romance or a heartbreaking period piece. And, really, that’s because Tuscany has […]

Bespoke Firenze Number Nine Boutique Hotel and Spa

Bespoke Firenze Number Nine Boutique Hotel and Spa is located next to the Medici Chapel in the historic quarter of Florence.  It is a 10-minute walk from both the picturesque Piazza della Signoria square and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello. The hotel is located in a restricted-traffic street which will ensure lower noise levels, while paid public parking […]

Top 10 destinations for spring

Springtime means sunshine, warmth, flowers and fresh brilliant green pastures, and our top 10 destinations for spring promise to bring you just that. Spring also means Easter, Passover (Pesach), Ascension (Himmelfahrt, Hemelvaart) and Pentecost (Pinkster, Pfingsten) holidays, during which many people take a few days or a week (or two) off. Here are our favorites […]

Top five autumn breaks in Europe and the Middle East

Looking for go away for a weekend this autumn in Europe? Here is Mapplr’s top five autumn breaks from lively cities to tranquil countrysides: (1) London: The Olympics is over and so is the Golden Jubilee, but what they’ve left behind is a city that has been renovated, cleaned up and beautified. You’ll find refurbished […]

Borgo Santo Pietro: luxurious atmospheric villa hotel in Tuscany

Borgo Santo Pietro is a historic mansion acquired by a Danish couple, Jeanette and Claus Throttrup, who restored it and created a luxurious hotel, one of the most atmospheric places to stay in Tuscany. The Renaissance villa, set in 13 acres with formal gardens near Siena, is all about indulgence: the exquisite yet verging-on-baroque décor […]