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Luxury DMC Italy My Way gives us a glimpse into the beautiful prism of Lombardy’s fifteen lakes, which each offer unique atmospheres and even inspire some of the world’s leading fashion brands. What makes the lakes of Lombardy so special? From the largest and most well-known to the smallest, each of Lombardy’s lakes offer an ideal panorama for holidays. Those older and more established are famed as popular getaways for celebrities. While other smaller, hidden jewels are well-worth the discovery. All offer magnificent gardens for strolling, and the brilliant flowering colors in Spring inspire the creation of the most beautiful silks and fabrics for famous and sought-after brands.What insider experiences can guests enjoy in this area?Choose to walk among the flower gardens along the shores of enchanting Lake Como. Practically “painted” by garden architects, these grounds are embellished with colorful, rare, and sweetly scented plants and flowers. Lake Como is a favorite setting for Hollywood actors, and you can admire their holiday homes from across the calm waters. The area’s history of silk production stems from the 1400s, so we suggest a visit to one of the earliest silk factories where masterpieces are still created and exported all over the world. It is more than technical skill and more than fashion: The silk tradition reflects the design, art, and culture that stem from the natural beauties of this area.
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Luxury DMC Italy My Way walks us through the vineyards in Puglia’s magnificent Valle d’Itria, where history and winemaking share a special bond. What is so special about this area?The Valle d’Itria offers unrivaled expanses of olive trees bursting forth from the red earth and peculiar trulli structures sprouting like mushrooms against the landscape. However, this area is also an excellent producer of native wines and one family-run winery, Cantina Semeraro, uses an unconventional but effective method of aging and offering their product: exposure to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music. The wines enjoy the ‘balanced and perfect’ music of the Salzburg genius during the aging process, which effectively “massages” the wine over time. Research has shown that wine aged with Mozart also retains positive biodynamic effects on its natural yeasts and enzymes. What is the best way to enjoy this experience? After a tour of the Semeraro cellars where tradition and innovation are intertwined, you can enjoy a taste of their refined, aromatic wines – Primitivo, Rosso, and Rosé – as well as their vegetables, olive oil, traditional orecchiette pasta, and ricotta cheese. The whole experience is, of course, expertly paired with Mozart’s music for an unforgettable experience that indulges the senses.
Luxury DMC Italy My Way tells us where the magic of Venice extends beyond the lagoon and into the heart of the Veneto region.
What makes the Brenta River area so special?The Brenta River valley has been home to noble Venetian families dating back to the 1700s. When they weren’t conducting business in the city, these elite families would spend a lot of time in the nearby countryside connected through navigable canals. For their leisurely days, they commissioned magnificent villas linked to the art and architecture of Palladio and his school. With a contemporary eye, crossing this lush area and its canals is like moving through magnificent paintings by Tintoretto and other notable artists from the Venetian school.How can guests best enjoy the area? There are so many beautiful villas to visit in the area, each boasting its own gardens, history, and stunning architecture. For a twist of fashion sense, take a morning to visit the Villa Foscarini Negrelli Rossi, located in the village of Stra, which houses the Museum of Footwear. The collection includes many beautiful and rare pieces from the most famous brands throughout history, and in the company of centuries-old frescoes and ornate gilding, these rare jewels of design hold their own.