A Luxurious Tour With An Italian Touch By David Corke

Italy is a place with much history, rich culture, and some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. I couldn’t wait for the chance to see all of its beauty. The Baglioni Hotels Collection, known for having the unforgettable Italian touch, has much prestige and an undeniable reputation for all things luxury. I knew I’d be in great hands for what I knew would be a memorable trip.

Italy

As I travelled from the Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome to my final stay at the Carlton Hotel Baglioni in Milan, there was a clear sense of genuine Italian hospitality that was weaved through each of the properties, creating an unforgettable experience. This is a 100% pure Italian brand. The company started 40 years ago in the Tuscan coast town of Punta Ala by the Polito family, so that family feeling is reflected in the employees, who evoke a genuine and welcoming hospitality. It’s no wonder that the minute you walk into any of the Baglioni Hotels, you feel like you’re walking into someone’s home,

The Last Supper

albeit a particularly majestic one! There’s a sense of true elegance yet familial experiences at every touchpoint.

I do wish I had seen The Last Supper mural at the Museo Cenacolo Vinciano in Milan, though. It’s a tough ticket to get — you need to reserve at least a month before. However, you can work with the Concierge at the Carlton Hotel Baglioni in Milan to see if last minute arrangements can be made.

Everyone has a favorite Italian destination, and I’d have to say mine is Florence – the gateway to Tuscany.

Duomo

The city is the perfect size, not too big or too small. You can explore all it has to offer in three or four days but still have so much more to see the next time. One of the most magical moments was when I climbed the steps to the top of the Duomo. I made it to the top of the dome just in time for sunset to experience the most amazing view over the city.

One of my favorite meals during the trip was when the concierge at the Luna Hotel Baglioni recommended a great restaurant that local Venetians enjoy. It’s called Osteria Enoteca San Marco, located down a quiet alleyway close to the San Marco Piazza. I started with rabbit fussili, then chopped liver with polenta and local vegetables for the main course. Then I washed it all down with a bottle of the most amazing local red wine. Salute!

The three words I would use to describe the Baglioni Hotels collection are genuine, sumptuous, and one-of-a-kind. I could use so many more words but I think these words really bring the brand to life. My experience with each of the Baglioni Hotels was truly incredible.

For more information, go to www.baglionihotels.com.