velvet | Italy
bologna-sunday-photo

Bologna on my mind

My doorbell rings. I open the door to find a good friend of mine standing there with a big grin on his face and a bag casually slung around his shoulder. Minutes later, he’s settled at my dining table and he reaches into his bag. “We’re going to Bologna!”, he announces. “You’ve been talking so […]

3 Comments Continue Reading →
maserati-250F-T2-photo

A tour of the Motor Valley in style

I have to admit… I’m a nitwit when it comes to cars. I’ve never been too interested in them and how they work. They take me comfortably from point A to B and that’s how I’ve always seen them: as a mode of transport. I remember my teenage years in school where part of the […]

6 Comments Continue Reading →
sunset-mandela-bloemfontein-photo

My favourite travel moments of 2013

2013 was an incredible travel year for me. If I counted correctly, I visited 20 countries across six continents. More importantly, I had the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing places (and food!) and meet some truly inspiring people along the way. Here are some of my favourite travel moments in photos from […]

17 Comments Continue Reading →
castell-estense-ferrara-photo

The mirrors of Castello Estense in Ferrara

Ferrara is a historic town in the region of Emilia Romagna in Italy. Though its origins are a mystery, the first mention of Ferrara was in a document dating to 753 A.D.. These days, the town is famed for its UNESCO World Heritage sites, cathedral, broad cobblestone boulevards and historic centre along the River Po. […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →
san-marino-panorama-photo

San Marino – more than just #78

San Marino is one of the smallest countries and the oldest republic in the world. For people visiting the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy, it’s a quick way to chalk up another country to their list of countries visited. When I checked my list, San Marino came in at #78. That’s the thought that sprang […]

6 Comments Continue Reading →
bologna-porticoes-arches-photo

A week in Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is an Italian region north of Tuscany, roughly between Florence and Venice. With its forest-clad mountains, endless beaches along the Adriatic coast, historic towns such as Bologna, Modena, Parma and Ravenna, world-famous automotive industry (think Ferrari, Ducati and Lamborghini), colourful festivals and terrific cuisine, Emilia Romagna has a lot to offer visitors. Despite […]

8 Comments Continue Reading →

Five classic Italian beach escapes

Italy is one of the premier luxury beach destinations in Europe, with an outstanding reputation that spans centuries. During the Roman times, the Emperors built impressive villas along the coast or on the surrounding islands as a retreat – one Emperor even made Capri his home! In more recent times, Europe’s elite as well as […]

15 Comments Continue Reading →
basilica-di-san-vitale-ravenna-photo

The wonders of Ravenna

Ravenna is a small, historic town in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Located close to the Adriatic Sea, the town can trace its history back more than 2,000 years. Ravenna enjoyed a prosperous period during Roman rule in the 1st century A.D. before being occupied by a succession of other powers including the Ostrogoths and […]

15 Comments Continue Reading →

Discovering Emilia Romagna with #Blogville

Today, I fly to Bologna, the capital of the Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Using the #Blogville apartment in the heart of Bologna as my base, I’ll set out to explore the region’s many cultural, historical and natural attractions… and I’m sure there’ll be lots of awesome foodie experiences in between! Much has already been […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →

Palazz-ial luxury in Florence

A special guest post by Rajul Chande. To call Relais Santa Croce in Florence a “hotel” is a slight misnomer. The building is so unique, replete with historic details and visually opulent that I immediately felt as if I’d stepped into an entirely different dimension. This feeling began with the sense of discovery on arrival. […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →
css.php