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Beautiful inside & out: the 10 best hotel gardens in Italy

villa-cortine-gardenOk, there are times when the only reason you check-in to a hotel is to get some decent shut-eye after a long day of travelling.

In which case, you’re going to be looking for a comfortable bed, a proper pillow menu, efficiently sound proofed windows and doors, and a suitable selection of bathroom amenities … and not much else.

If, on the other hand, you’re after a hotel in which to spend a few nights or even a week-long holiday, what’s outside the hotel may well be as important as what’s inside it.

Even if you’re on your honeymoon, you’re unlikely to spend your entire vacation confined to your bedroom. Which is why hotels set in peaceful, panoramic and perfectly maintained gardens are so irresistible and why we’ve compiled this list of ten of the best of them!

You don’t go to the Italian lakes to sit in the lobby – even when the lobby is as luxurious as the one which welcomes guests staying at Lake Garda’s .

Villa Cortine is, in fact, as famous for the lovely lakeside park which surrounds it as it is for its sumptuous salons and suites.

Soaring conifers, towering palm trees, luxuriant lantana bushes, colorful hydrangeas: the mild Mediterranean climate and the vicinity to the water combine to create the perfect environment in which gorgeous gardens can grow.

illa-la-massaNatural and manmade beauty easily co-exist in a park abundant in neo-classical statues and fountains framed by great cascades of fragrant flowers, ridiculously romantic viewing terraces, a lovers’ lane and, for those overwhelmed by such splendor, even a meditation bench.

Italy’s first Olive Oil Resort, sits in a massive private park in the wooded hills of Mugello, just outside Florence.

Velvety soft lawns, pretty pebble pathways, sparkling streams filled with spring water, and acre upon acre of shimmering olive trees: Villa Campestri’s grounds are even more romantic than the resort’s renaissance-inspired rooms and restaurant.

silve-romantikA unique outdoor exhibition space for installations by the contemporary Florentine artist Fabio Bini, Villa Campestri’s park provides a wonderfully panoramic setting for the resort’s swimming pool and open air wellness corner too.

Another 5 star fairytale just beyond the walls of Florence, the seriously sumptuous sits in 22 acres of lovingly tended river edge gardens where guests can relax and admire the most magnificent views of the Arno and the Chianti Rufina hills.

The vicinity to the water makes the gardens particularly suitable for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables and, in fact, many of the ingredients used to prepare the delicious Tuscan dishes served in the hotel’s elegant riverside restaurant are grown here.

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Sono italiana... $10K e` un po troppo!

by melancholy72

Translation: I am Italian (though I live in the USA) and $10K is a bit too much.
I'm going to Italy for 16 days in April 2010 with my SO (he has never been). We are spending 8 days in Rome and 8 days in Bologna (where I'm from) for $3,400 (including flights and hotels). To this, we will add train day trips to Venezia, Milano and Firenze from Bologna and to Napoli/Pompeii from Roma, as well as our food.
April, by the way, is one of the best times to see Italy. The weather is decidedly better and crowds are still relatively light.

India's beautiful architecture as symbols of love shows it has a heart of gold  —
The train was just one leg on an enthralling trip touring the Golden Triangle, India's most popular northern cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. I confess I have had a long, bordering on obsessive attraction to the Rajasthan region.

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  • Universal Travel plug adapter for Italy ~ 3 pin plug.
  • Converts plugs from all countries to plug adapter for grounded wall outlets in Italy.
  • Good for Grounded or Non-grounded plugs from other countries.
  • Note: This does not convert the voltage from 110V to 220/240V. You will need a Voltage Converter for that.
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