As an avid reader, I often find myself transported into the pages of an enthralling book. Whether I am side by side with Harry and Ron flying over the Scottish Highlands or tiptoeing through a dystopian city with Katniss, my mind conjures up vivd images of the destination. As a traveller, I wonder what it would be like to really be in those places. Some are more difficult than others; Narnia, while enchanting, may be tough to reach. My closet isn’t very big. And as much as I’d love to follow Alice down the rabbit hole, I don’t seem to have any in my yard. But there are some literary destinations you can travel to in real life! Rather than just listing London and Paris (home to plenty of literary heroes), I attempted to make this list a little more creative. Here are some literary destinations you can travel to in real life, as well as a few luxury properties you can stay in while there.
Florence, Italy is on everyone’s list of places to go in Italy. Its narrow, cobblestones Renaissance streets, towering Duomo, and exquisite food and wine top the list of reasons to go. But where do you stay in Florence, Italy? What are the best hotels? It ought not surprise you that there are some impeccable Virtuoso properties in the heart of the city, all within walking distance of the major attractions. Whether you want to stay at a boutique property with less than twenty rooms or the always five star Four Seasons, there is a place for you to stay in Florence! I recently had the chance to visit four of the properties, which is not all of them, to get a feel for the variety of options in luxury Florentine hotels.
Where the gently rolling hills of Tuscany end, Milan, Italy and the lake district begin. It begins relatively flatly, an extension of the river plains, but soon ascends into the rugged Italian Alps. This juxtaposition means its a great vacation destination; the region enjoys warm summers and cool, alpine winters. It’s been a favourite of travellers since the 19th century. The largest city in the lake district is Milan, Italy. This fashion capital is also home to one of the most impressive cathedrals in the western world, several artistic masterpieces, and some of the best shopping east of Paris.
While Florence and the Tuscan cities are awash in gentle splendour, and Rome is the ancient heart of Italy, the ornate belongs to Venice. Once upon a time, Venice, Italy was the pulse of seafaring Europe. It was the financial, commercial, and maritime centre of the world! Today, Venice is a popular tourist destination, and also one of the most endangered cities of our time.
When you think of Italy, chances are the images that come to mind are more Tuscan than anything else. Winding alleys, golden hills, and endless vineyards symbolise this distinct region of Italy. Did you know that Tuscany was once it’s own country? Unification of Italy didn’t take place until 1861! More
When I first started this series, I planned on writing about Umbria, the region where Rome, Italy is. However, as I started writing, it became clear that I really need to take two full weeks to write about Italy! So, that being said, I’m only writing about Rome today (and the incredible attractions in and around the city).
Italy. The world alone conjures up golden images. Vineyards bathed in sunlight, frescoes adorning the ceiling of a chapel, and narrow lanes with light spilling from a trattoria. Italy is a great destination for first-time-to-Europe travellers, in my opinion. This week, we’ll be touching on various regions of this beautiful destination and soon I’ll break them down even more! More