Italy

Insider guide to north west Sardinia

North-west Sardinia is a popular summer destination with tourists attracted by its coastline and glorious sandy beaches. Out of season, however, it offers other rewards, not least its glorious food and drink, interesting archaeology, hillside castles and deserted seashores.

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Ferrara. Emilia’s hidden gem.

Ferrara, with its ancient palaces and piazzas is a pearl of the Emilia-Romagna region. A region famously productive for so much of Italy’s attraction.

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Pullman Timi Ama Hotel

The bronze-age tower sitting proudly on the adjacent hilltop has no doubt seen it all before, but for me this is very impressive. Early October. Hot sun. Beautiful white beach.  Empty.

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Palazzo Montemartini

I heard about Palazzo Montemartini from a local in the know. Word is it’s an exciting recent addition to the luxury hotel scene and it’s near the Termini Station,

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Seven Park Hotel & Spa

Seven Park Hotel & Spa is a perfect retreat if you want to escape the Como crowds or as a base to explore the nearby mountain towns and valleys.

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Nhow Hotel Milan

NH Hotels has an uncanny ability to create luxury hotels in the most unlikeliest of surroundings. The old Fiat factory in Torino with its rooftop test track, an ancient cliff top monastery in Amalfi and even a former railway station in Rome. Switch over to Milan and I discover another one; the Nhow (pronounced Now) right in the centre of Zona Tortona, Milan’s famous creative and design district.

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