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Magnificent Il Porticciolo at The Cipriani

22/08/2022 by .
Il Porticciolo At The Cipriani

David Gerrie reviews Il Porticciolo at the Cipriani, the hotel’s new laid-back canal-side outdoor restaurant.

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Review: Harry’s Bar, Venice Italy

17/07/2022 by .
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David Gerrie meets owner Harry Cipriani at Harry’s Bar, the most famous watering hole in Venice.

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Exploring Genoa’s Historic Food Shops

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Bari is so unrepresentative of Puglia – the formal, imposing and rather austere capital of a region which is all about charm, informality and joie de vivre – that it’s surprising to find a suitably charming and informal restaurant in its back streets.
Terranima is a microcosm of rural Puglia – its trompe l’oeil decor is designed to evoke the feeling of a street in one of the region’s hilltop towns – and the food is utterly authentic.  

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Antica Corte Pallavicina Relais

13/02/2014 by .
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It’s not often you would find me deep in a damp ancient cellar, down and dirty among racks of hanging meat, but on this particular occasion it was well worth it, for this particular cellar was under the Palazzo Antica Corte Pallavicina Relais, the domain of Massimo Spigaroli, the undisputed King of Culatello, the Rolls Royce of prosciutto.

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Palazzo Manfredi, Rome

21/09/2013This entry was posted in Hotel Reviews, Italy, Lazio and tagged on by .
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In an era when aristocrats rely on visitors to maintain their stately piles, it’s not surprising that an Italian count has turned his palatial offices into a boutique hotel.

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Cortina d’Ampezzo. Walking on summer sunshine

22/08/2013This entry was posted in Europe and Middle East, Hotel Reviews, Italy, South Tyrol, Veneto and tagged , , , , on by .
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Guido Pompanin knows a thing or two about The Dolomites. Not surprising really when you consider his father Ugo and few friends built their very own cable car service to ferry passengers 2,700 metres up from Cortina d’Ampezzo to the summit of Mount Lagazuoi in 1965.

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