24 Jun 2020

Indulging In Pure Tranquility At Donna Coraly Resort

An hour’s drive from Catania airport, with breath-taking views over the undulating Sicilian countryside, lies the exquisite Donna Coraly, a luxury resort privately owned by one Lucia Pascarelli. The 600-year-old estate, which has been in Lucia’s family for generations, is steeped in history and even boasts a 14th century watchtower and private family chapel, but of the most historical prominence is that this is where the Armistice was signed on 3rd September 1943. While walking

24 Apr 2020

Spotlight On One of The Most Beautiful Islands In The World – Capri

Words by Rosalind Milani Gallieni Capri, famed for attracting romantics and those with deep pockets to its glittering coastline, is the very epitome of la dolce vita. Set on the outermost tip of the Sorrentine peninsula in southern Italy, Capri has become a haven to those drawn to this paradise island not only for its balmy climate and outstanding natural beauty, but also for its pure air and rich, health-giving waters. Today, it is known

16 Apr 2020

Rod Dudley – Our Local Hero

Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni “In fondo! In fondo, giù a sinistra….” I take the turning as instructed by the local Besozzo messo, who was conveniently directing the traffic at a junction near a derelict old warehouse, once a renowned cotton factory. I drive on in my small lentil-orange Fiat 500 and head down a bumpy track full of deep pot-holes, and turn left, hanging onto my steering wheel as I bump along.

8 Apr 2020

When Anouska Hempel Met Monsieur George In Paris

Words by Rosalind Milani Gallieni The Bar at Monsieur George, designed by Anouska Hempel (image courtesy of Gaelle Le Boulicaut) “When you wander along Rue Washington, you suddenly come across the glorious, gorgeous, sensational, extraordinary Monsieur George. Top hat and tails, feathers from beyond, a twinkling fantasy of a bohemian rhapsody in deepest, darkest green. Coco Chanel resided within this setting. Mata Hari had her heyday here. Gregory Peck left his Brasserie, Les Deux Magots,

26 Mar 2020

Happy Birthday Venice!

By Hannah Norman There is no-one out there…. but Happy Birthday to Venice. Image courtesy of Marco Secchi RMG PR has always been connected to the spirit of Venice, celebrating its traditional crafts and the people who practise them. Our press trips to the city have always tried to steer away from the more obvious tourist offerings, in order to show something more akin to the “real” Venice, the Venice that the city’s residents know

29 Jan 2020

Visit Venice – It’s Not Underwater!

By Trisha Perolari Burano, the day after the acqua alta flooding That Venice is slowly sinking can’t be denied but a more pressing issue is that the recent spate of high tide flooding is prompting many visitors to re-think their travel plans. For a city that relies heavily on the tourist dollar, this is worse than any damage caused by floodwaters.  The City of Canals is both built on and surrounded by water (the clue

18 Oct 2019

The Art of Travel – From Mayfair To Monaco And Back Again

The Romero Britto-designed taxi drives past Monte Carlo (image courtesy of Rosalind Milani Gallieni) Words by Rosalind Milani Gallieni At the best of times, dropping into the madness of the Principality of Monaco is like walking into the pages of luxury we usually see in books and magazines, and on Instagram and websites. Be it for the Formula One Grand Prix, the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, the Monaco Yacht Show, or even seeing the Christmas

19 Sep 2019

A Return To The Simple Life At Fattoria La Vialla

Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni This is a throwback to a simple and valuable life at Fattoria La Vialla in the heart of the swaying Tuscan cypress trees, near Loro Ciuffena. How can you forget such a name? On arrival at La Vialla, the place is buzzing with keen foodie enthusiasts, and the welcome is open arms only, followed by an immediate invitation to sit under the portico, trimmed with drying sweetcorn dangling

17 May 2019

Fabrics, Fragrances And A Futuristic Vespa….

The iconic Westbury Mayfair Hotel – situated in the heart of Mayfair’s fashion district – is the only hotel in London to occupy such a prestigious and prized address, and has been welcoming guests through its doors for almost 65 years.  So it was only befitting that such a luxurious destination was the setting for a series of prestigious events to celebrate heritage, history and a whole host of glamorous new product launches.   Firstly, luxury

8 Mar 2019

Lisbon – When Do You Live There?

Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni Since my last visit to Lisbon in 2017, I can safely say there is a whole new vibe finding its way around town, like a beautiful but determined old ivy plant, still keeping a grip. It’s found its way into the cracks of history and heritage of the old buildings it has been growing on for years, but now, at the same time, it’s suddenly growing a new

21 Feb 2019

How The Merchants of Venice Of The Past Inspired Modern-Day Perfumery

Do you know about Le Mude?  The enticing new fragrances by The Merchant of Venice are all based on them.... Mainly made up of Venetian galleys, Le Mude were the convoys of ships that serviced the main maritime trade routes between the Mediterranean and Asia.  Today, these important trade routes – and the raw materials and traditions that were exchanged as  a result of their voyages – are the inspiration behind three new fragrances (two

11 Jan 2019

Scents And Sensibility

La Rosa Moceniga by The Merchant of Venice - 300 combinations to capture history and fragrance....in a bottle! Harmoniously set in a soft and sensual base note, this rose becomes the queen of its fragrance. The comfortable musk, the white cedar wood, and the vanilla absolute, coupled with a touch of amber crystals, assure a precious base to the majesty of this historical rose. These were the notes of the nose who went to work

11 Dec 2018

Parley For The Oceans Honoured With Special Recognition Award For Innovation

  Cyrill Gutsch (Photo taken from Parley TV's Instagram)   The Fashion Awards 2018, by the British Fashion Council and in partnership with Swarovski, saw Cyrill Gutsch, Founder of Parley For The Oceans, awarded with the Special Recognition Award For Innovation. The award was bestowed for Parley For The Oceans’ commitment to highlighting the devastating effects of plastic on our environment and through collaborations, working with designers to reinvent the way in which products can be made and designed

21 Nov 2018

An Evening of Simple Pleasures At Hotel Heureka With Russell Norman

By Hannah Norman (no relation of Russell's - at least, we don't think!) An evening of prosecco and cicheti sounds like an Italian dream to most people, and so it was that we found ourselves in the expansive lobby of Hotel Heureka in Venice about to enjoy just that! Organised by British maverick restaurateur Russell Norman (the founder of London’s POLPO restaurants), the event was designed to showcase Russell’s flair and knowledge of local Venetian

8 Aug 2018

Cannaregio – Where Tintoretto Chased The Light

  Hotel Heureka, situated in the Cannaregio district of Venice, is close enough to the Church of Madonna dell’Orto to hear her to bells chime on the hour, much as they did in the days of sixteenth century painter Tintoretto. In anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Robusti (known more commonly as Tintoretto), the hotel will be celebrating the artist’s works in Cannaregio, in this magnificent church it counts at its

26 Jun 2018

Artisans of Venice

Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni Hotel Heureka has opened in the heart of secret Venice, playing with the layers of heritage and design, weaving tradition and art into one boutique property. Having spent several years searching for their perfect property, the owners discovered the ideal building (a 16th Century palazzo, no less) to transform into the bewitching Hotel Heureka. Since opening in October 2017, the hotel has been quietly whispering wealth, passion and

30 Apr 2018

The Shape of Water Taxis

By Hannah Norman Venice (image courtesy of Ted Gushue) When in Venice….do as the well-travelled do! Rather than compete with the hordes for a busy vaporetto service, take a moment to relax and enjoy the city from the water (is there really any other way to appreciate it properly?!), by hiring a private water taxi. One firm that has spent the last three years paving the way (or should that be paving the waves?) in

6 Apr 2018

COPENHAGEN – WHY DID I LEAVE IT SO LONG?!

Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni Why did I leave it so long?! Copenhagen is only an hour and a half away by plane, and the full immersion of the lifestyle and the general cheer of the city is the easiest thing to take on board. From landing on Danish tarmac and onwards, everything works, everything makes sense, everything just seamlessly slots into place. Even buying a tube ticket to get into town from

27 Mar 2018

HOT BATHS AND CHOCOLAT – FOR SUMMER AND WINTER!

Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni A ski resort is usually a pretty predictable kind of place, in that you know that after a great run on the slopes on fresh or beaten snow, the lifts (ski, button and even egg lifts!) close their perpetual daily service at about 4.30 or 5 o’clock and the variety of après-ski activities begin. It can turn into an early night to catch the first chair lift up

8 Mar 2018

Marrakech – An Instant Fix In 3 Nights

Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni As the winter months drift by, a balmy few days away is just the thing to quickly banish the winter white-outs here in the UK. At just under 4 hours' flight from London, Marrakech offers summer - or at the very least, spring - weather all year round. So a perfect punt! Arriving from the airport straight into the action of the main square of Jemaa el Fna,

20 Dec 2017

Beat Jet Lag With Top Travel Tips

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for take-off. This is going to be a great trip.... With winter now fully upon us, this is the time that sees Brits board long haul flights to warmer destinations and escape the cold back home. However, a recent poll shows almost 70% of UK travellers suffer jet lag, and it’s a familiar story regardless of what direction you turn when boarding your flight, and however restrained you are with

17 Aug 2017

What The Italian Lago Lifestyle Is Made Of….

Lago di Como Villa Rosa Tea is our new discovery on Lake Como, otherwise know for grand hotels, and one particular celebrity. Our find is an historic maison which dates back to 1870, with its own private lakeside gardens and a darsena - this is our all-time favourite word in the Italian language, meaning boathouse. The daydreams start rolling right here…!  Francesca and Lucia, the sisters behind this impressive structure, have overseen every exquisite detail

5 Jun 2017

Support Venice

"Support" by Lorenzo Quinn, 2017 (image © Lorenzo Quinn)   Contemporary artist Lorenzo Quinn has unveiled “Support,” his new monumental sculpture at the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel in Venice, during the annual Biennale. Internationally renowned as one of the most popular sculptors of our times, the installation showcases Quinn’s artistic progression and his experimentation with new mediums and subject matter to transmit his passion for eternal values and authentic emotions. Reflecting on the two sides of

7 Jul 2016

Delightful Indulgence at Villa Dubrovnik – by Simone Ribeiro

Dubrovnik is one of those cities that deserves to be appreciated not in one, but numerous visits, if possible. However, there is much more to fit in only three days of staying in Dubrovnik than just sunbathing or swimming in the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Nothing wrong with that, anyway. From boat trips to the fascinating island of Lokrum, to a look around boutiques shops and street-side restaurants or walking through the history

27 Jul 2015

Carried away by the Caribbean – By Rosalind Milani Gallieni (Photos © Rosalind van Lamsweerde)

WHERE TO STAY The Island of St. Lucia has two very definite sides to it, the West side, which boasts some of the most beautiful beach front hotel resorts, and the East side, a bit more rugged and rocky where the weather and the seas can do their wild things without upsetting the visitors too much…On the West side there is functional to 5* Diamond accommodation, and our travel plan took us from the CocoPalm in

27 Jul 2015

48 Hours Roll’in Marrakech – by Lucy Fox (Photos © Rosalind van Lamsweerde)

WHERE TO STAY Marrakech is certainly a busy place, located in the foothills of the majestic Atlas mountains whose snow capped peaks are a contrast to the activity taking place in the buzzing pink city below.  The famous Djemaa el F'na square with its water sellers, monkeys, snake charmers and, for the unwary the tooth pullers, is the place to draw the crowds, and surrounding this are Marrakech's famous souks where visitors can spend hours bargaining for anything

14 Jul 2015

Dice Kayek Haute Couture Show mirrors the lifestyle of the Dogus Luxury Hotel Collection – By Lauren Yates

On Monday the 6th of July, The Museé des Arts Décoratifs transformed to the main stage for Dice Kayek haute couture. The elegant and iconic building, home to precious decorative artefacts, became the plinth for pivotal design that spoke to breathtaking moments through time. It was a celebration of experience, tingling the senses with texture, colour, and reminding us of the magic that happens when we immerse ourselves in luxury. Upon arrival, guests were greeted

Ghurka at Pitti Uomo 2015

Well, we had quite an eventful and successful Pitti Uomo in Florence.  From the launch of the fabulous hard-sided trunks and striped twill Signal collection for Spring 16, to the fabulous, very Florentine, sun-set event at Harry’s Bar alongside the river Arno with our Ghurka ambassador Waris Ahluwalia.   While celebrating Ghurka's second show at Pitti, the occasion also marked the 40th Anniversary of the brand, and an illustrious international fashion&lifestyle guest-list was in attendance, including

3 Jun 2015

THE ART OF GARDEN FURNITURE BY GAZE BURVILL

 Last week we headed down the A3 out of London to Lodge Farm in Hampshire to see the new production and design studios that GAZE BURVILL have been working on for the last 2 years or more, since we last visited them when they were mid-move in 2013. It was very special to see our friends of many years - indeed Simon's wife Caroline and I are childhood friends from our youth spent together in

27 May 2015

TO BULGARIA – BAGPIPES, BASILICAS AND BEYOND

By Lucy Fox  Team RMG, in the care of Ros Milani Gallieni, set off to the wilds of Bulgaria with only Ros’s word that we would love it.Our group consisted of: Ros, Lucy Fox and Samantha Gabriel who are the nucleus of RMG PR & Events. Joining us were Lisa Rawlings, a top sales and marketing lady who represents many fantastic hotels around the world, Leela Miller who is a yoga teacher par excellence and the