Top 5 summer offers in Italy and France from Baglioni Hotels
Silk, shopping, fireworks, culture, golf, champagne, the choice is yoursby Henry Neuteboom
Summer is approaching fast, and so it's the right time to start organizing your summer break. Here are five suggestions for exclusive tourist opportunities available from hotel group Baglioni.
1. Como, shopping for silk, and views from a seaplane
Como has been a legendary tourist location for centuries. Once part of the class Grand Tour, it still offers the legendary lakeside landscapes and sumptuous hospitality that have made it famous since the days of Pliny the Younger. At the Carlton Hotel Baglioni in Milan, perfectly located for shopping in the high fashion district, you can take a day trip to Como, and see the amazing views from a seaplane that takes off from the lake. Then, specialist shopping, for the silk products for which the city became famous from the 19th century. After a leisurely day on the lake, after your return to Milan, you can wind down with a 50-minute body massage at Spiga 8 Spa, and then enjoy a gourmet à la carte dinner at the Terrazza Baglioni restaurant.
2. Festa del Redentore in Venice
Festa del Redentore is a spectacular festival that takes place every year on July 14, culminating with fireworks that create an amazing sight with reflections in the lagoon. The Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice is offering a package from 13 to 16 July 2012, with impeccable hospitality that includes a welcome drink, daily breakfast buffet in the Marco Polo ballroom decorated with 18th century frescoes, entrance for two people to the Venice Casino, and above all, a gala evening on 14 July, with cocktails, gala dinner on the private terrace overlooking the San Marco waterfront, and of course, privileged views of the fireworks.
3. Florentine magic
The Renaissance jewel that is Florence offers a world of art and architecture, but sometimes this is difficult to enjoy because of the sheer numbers of people that want to see it. Now you can discover the flowering of Renaissance culture by means of Relais Santa Croce in Florence, with the Firenze card that provides access to over 30 museums, avoiding the queues. Staying in Relais Santa Croce is an experience in itself. This 18th-century building provides a unique atmosphere, in a one-night package that includes a superb buffet breakfast, a chef's surprise on arrival, the Firenze Card, and a three-course dinner at the Guelfi e Ghibellini restaurant.
4. Golf in Tuscany
Hotel Cala del Porto is in an idyllic location in the heart of Tuscany's coastal district, La Maremma, but it is particularly attractive for golf enthusiasts, with many fine courses nearby. A package is available until 29 June 2012, offering five nights in a double room, with welcome drink, buffet breakfast, free newspaper, 6 green fees for the various golf courses nearby, and free access to the private beach, the fitness centre and the Jacuzzi area.
5. Champagne where it's made
The Royal Champagne Champillon Epernay is located right at the heart of the Champagne region, and the hotel provides the opportunity of finding out more about this world-famous wine. The package comprises a night in a double De Luxe room, a dinner for two served with champagne, a visit to the cellars of local champagne producers, and buffet breakfast. The visit ends with champagne accompanied by culinary delicacies.