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Sleep like Da Vinci, a luxury new hotel in Hamburg and why easyJet is getting kids reading again

Around five centuries after Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper in Milan, visitors can check into the very palazzo where he lodged.

One of the new self-catering properties added to i-escape’s range of boutique accommodation, the 15th century Casa degli Atellani has been partly converted into one and two-bedroom apartments.

Sleeping two to six, guests at the family-friendly Atellani Apartments have access to a secret garden and ornate garden as well as being in the historic heart of the city, plus there’s a museum and café in the palazzo itself.

From £106 per night, book at i-escape.com/atellani-apartments, while self-catering villas and apartments in 36 countries worldwide make up around a quarter of the website’s 1,500 accommodation options.

Easyjet's new Flybrary

Children flying on easyJet this summer are set to find something more interesting than normal in the seat pocket on board the airline’s planes, with the launch of a new book club initiative, backed by children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson.  

And the holiday reading libraries on easyJet’s UK fleet are hoping to help reverse the trend which has seen figures of children reading for pleasure reach an all-time low.

The onboard library will include classics such as Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, The Railway Children and The Wizard of Oz, with 7,000 copies contained in 147 ‘flybraries’ to read in-flight.

And while the books themselves are intended to stay on board, there’s also the option to download free samples of other classics, as well as Wilson’s latest bestseller, at easyjet.com/bookclub

Lakeside luxury in Hamburg

It’s been a year of high-profile openings for Hamburg, with the German city’s new concert hall opening a few months ago and a luxury hotel, The Fontenay, due to open its doors on October 15. 

Set on the banks of Lake Alster, the interlocking circle design is intended to make the most of the views over the water.

With 131 rooms, the architects were inspired by the lake itself and Hamburg’s port heritage to create a hotel with no straight walls, and no walls parallel to each other, so the curves of the building mimic the flow of water.

Michelin-starred executive chef Cornelius Speinle will be directing the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, while the resort will also have a rooftop spa including an indoor/outdoor pool, along with views of the city skyline from the rooftop bar and terrace.
 

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