Posts made in October, 2014

Exclusive Five Star Relais in Piedmont

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in General | Comments Off on Exclusive Five Star Relais in Piedmont

In this very days our team is busy for an important exclusive event in Piedmont, in north Italy. Due to confidentiality, I can’t tell nothing more about this event, but I want to tell something about the magnificent Relais in which we find ourselves on this occasion…   Exclusive Five Star Relais in Piedmont is a unique, unforgettable place. Refined and romantic, it is the ideal place for a true time of wellness, relaxation, soothing the senses and the spirit. An unexpected, happy discovery.  Perched at the top of a hill that overlooks the Santo Stefano Belbo landscape, the San Maurizio monastery was founded in 1619 by the Franciscans who remained there until 1802. Originally coming from Provence, France, these monks imported grape cultivation and wine production into the area. Under the buildings they dug majestic, vaulted wine cellars with brick arches: today home to the Gourmet Restaurant. The Franciscans were followed by the Trappist and Cistercian monks who remained until 1862 when the property was sold to Count Luigi Incisa Beccaria who transformed it into a private home.  The Exclusive Five Star Relais in Piedmont is one of the few hotels in the world to display a number of unique rooms and suites: each of them is totally different from the others in shape, colours and decors. The 30 rooms and suites have been created in respect of the floorplans of the ancient Monastery and they are equipped with any contemporary comfort and IT devices. Private gardens are the exclusive feature of 10 rooms and suites at the ground floor. SPA and beauty treatments are available in the nearest Salt Cave, a gorge full of salt-water. The large outdoor swimming pool at the top of the hill provides a 360° view of the surrounding landscape.  The hill on which Exclusive Five Star Relais stands in in the heart of the Langhe in Piedmont, one of the areas in Italy most renowned for its food and wine, where the view takes in the breathtaking colours of the vines and the landsacpe descends towards the Mediterranean sea. These are the lands that give origin to farm produce that traditional peasant and monastic skill has succeeded in transforming into foods that are unique in the world, making the most of them with recipes of unequalled taste and respect for the natural quality of the ingredients that have always been used.   ...

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The Beauty of Capri

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in General, Settings, Uncategorized, Wedding Location | Comments Off on The Beauty of Capri

Italy has plenty of terrific spots, that’s for sure. It is even really hard sometimes to express feelings and emotions that they could inspire. Capri is definitely one of them. Luckily, we have found a gorgeous description of this little Mediterranean isle given by Smithsonian.com (just few quotes) that gets the idea across perfectly!    “For over 2,000 years, this speck in the Gulf of Naples, only four miles long and two miles wide, has been known for its dazzling beauty and extreme tolerance. Writers, artists and musicians have long been drawn to its shores. “Capri has always existed as un mondo a parte, a world apart,” said Ausilia Veneruso, the organizer of the Matermània Grotto event and, with her husband, Riccardo Esposito, owner of three bookshops and a publishing house that specializes in writings about Capri. “It is the hermaphrodite island, a collision of mountains and sea, where opposites thrive and every political ideology and sexual preference finds a place,” she told me. “By the 19th century, our little island was for artists like the center of the world: Europe had two arts capitals, Paris and Capri.” Capri’s cosmopolitan past remains part of its allure. “For centuries, Capri was shaped by foreign travelers,” said Sara Oliviera, vice president of the Friends of the Certosa (monastery) of Capri. “The island was a crossroads of international culture. Now we want to revive those connections.”… …Today the island is more popular than ever, as shown by its two million visitors annually. Residents are worried. “Once, visitors would rent a villa and stay for a month,” says bookshop owner Ausilia Veneruso. “Now they come for only two or three days, or even worse, come as i giornalieri, day-trippers. And Capri is a very delicate place.” The influx has led to overfishing and overdevelopment. “The sea is lost,” Raffaele La Capria writes in Capri and No Longer Capri, “more lost than Pompeii and Herculaneum,” while the island itself suffers “a kind of process of dry putrefaction.” Still, peace and solitude can be found, even in summer. Most tourists cluster around the marinas and piazzas, leaving the miles of hiking trails along the island’s rugged west coast virtually empty, including a three-hour Route of the Forts, which links several medieval fortresses. And after the day-trippers leave in early evening, even Capri town appears much the same as it did when Gable watched Loren sing “You Wanna Be Americano” in a nightclub…” Capri can’t be summed up in this little description, of course! If this article raises your curiosity about this tiny Mediterranean isle, don’t hesitate to contact us for further information. We can assure that Capri could be the perfect choice for your wedding day!  ...

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Some cute reason to choose Ostuni as a destination Wedding…

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Wedding Location | Comments Off on Some cute reason to choose Ostuni as a destination Wedding…

Recently Cheryl and Dominic got married in one of the most amazing spot in Italy: Ostuni. Here below some guide line to introduce you the enchanting “White city”… If you wander Ostuni’s ancient part of town for long enough, you’re sure to emerge onto the awesome vista it offers to the northeast. On flat land far below, a wide, unbroken expanse of olive trees stretches to the sea. These aren’t the tame and delicate olive trees you’ve come to expect from, say, central Italy. Puglian olive trees are different. Monstrous, shaggy things with fat, twisting trunks that make each tree look like it’s been caught in a private tornado. They live for centuries, and provide exceptionally high-quality olive oil. To add to the strangeness of the scene, all the trees below Ostuni have been cropped into a cuboid shape. So the view is of thousands of leafy cubes, tumbling towards the blue Adriatic. Having marvelled at Ostuni’s oldest part and its vista, you’ll probably want to roam the newer streets too. You’ll find them straighter than the wriggling ancient lanes, but surprisingly similar in feel and architecture. Having established a local style, Ostuni seems reluctant to let it go. The whitewashed, vaguely Cycladic homes of the newer streets huddle close together and jumble round each other. There are cars, and a few people strolling the pavement, but other than this there’s little difference from the very oldest part of town. Whatever route you pursue, you always seem to end up back in Piazza della Libertà. This wide, triangular space is surely the heart of Ostuni, poised just between its oldest and newer parts. If evening is coming down after your day’s wanderings, you’re sure to sense an air of excitement radiating outward from the piazza, as the whole town gears up for several hours of passeggiata. Take your pick from Ostuni’s remarkably good restaurants, then join the well-dressed throng on the pavements… Many hours later, if you happen to leave Ostuni the way you came, you’ll see that the ‘white city’ is now just a blaze of orange light set on high in the darkness, like a vast lone beacon in the night. It very, very slowly grows smaller into the distance. Even as you leave it behind, Ostuni looks just as mysterious and enchanted a place as it did when you first laid eyes on it.  ...

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Candelabras – good advice for inexpensive wedding centerpieces

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Centerpieces, Decorations, Flowers, General, Settings | Comments Off on Candelabras – good advice for inexpensive wedding centerpieces

Your centerpieces must be not necessarily sumptuous and whether you want to cut the costs here our advice: instead of placing a round flower centerpiece just add a simple candelabra you can hire for Euro 15/20 maximum! Ask to your wedding planner or florist to arrange something nice: Option 1: place your candelabra on a round mirror and put some confetti or petals. Option 2: ask your wedding planner/florist to put some single flowers at the bottom of your candelabras. Option 3: ask your wedding planner/florist to prepare some simple bunches to be tied in between the arms of your candelabras. Option 4: (if you had extra budget) ask your wedding planner/florist to prepare a round baby breaths garland, this will be stunning on the bottom. Then as to prepare a big round bunch to be put in the middle of your candelabras. Hang some crystals around the arms and let them floating in the air, some crystal pendants are fine too. P.S. Do not hire too tall candelabras, an average of 25cms height is fine. Taller will not allow your guests to talk each...

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