So so Sorento

By Nadia Marks, July 18, 2002

We relish the serenity and old-fashioned charm of Sorrento

Perched high on dramatic cliffs that rise out of an azure sea, at the very start of the Amalfi coastline, Sorrento has been described as the land of colours, mermaids, myths and legends.

It is on these shores that the sirens tried to lure Odysseus’s ship onto the rocks with their song, and the Romans chose it as the perfect place for their holiday-making.


Simply splendido

By Jan Shure, May 9, 2002

A simply splendid time in Italy following in the footsteps of European royals and celebrities

One of the sad things about being a grown-up is that few events or places actually live up to expectations.

It is with a little frisson of delight, therefore, that I report that the splendidly named Hotel Splendido, in Portofino on Italy’s Mediterranean coast, actually lives up to its billing as one of the top hotels in Europe.


Holiday of note

January 14, 2000

Sunshine and strudel and beautiful music, rainstorms and vino and plenty of pasta.

These are a few of the “favourite things” that linger after a very different and delightful trip to the north-eastern corner of Italy.

Bordered by Austria and Slovenia, the province of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia is actually closer — in both distance and atmosphere — to Vienna, Prague and Budapest than to Rome, with the mittel-european cloak of the Habsburg Empire still clinging to the elegant towns and villages scattered across this lush region beneath the Alps.


Slope off to Italy

By Robin Neillands, January 30, 1998

As a glance along any travel agent’s shelves will quickly confirm, the skiing world is expanding.

The shelves groan under the weight of brochures featuring resorts from Canada to Scandinavia, taking in, en route, Bulgaria, Chile and even New Zealand.

As for the number of resorts available, Crystal Holidays, which claims to offer the widest choice, has no fewer than 111, in 11 countries. Among the locations on offer this season are Alaska and Quebec.