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Travelcall Blog, 21 November 2023

Italian Opulence Unveiled:

A Journey Through Rome and Taormina with Travelcall's David Goldman

Join us on an enchanting journey through the timeless elegance of Italy with Travelcall's Joint MD, David Goldman. Recently attending the prestigious Virtuoso Chairman’s event in Taormina and the Bulgari Roma's Global Advisory Board in Rome, Dave indulged in some truly exquisite hotels.

In addition to these events, Dave included a stay at Palazzo Ripetto on his way to Sicily, another incredible property worth discovering.

Dave's discerning taste and keen eye for exceptional hospitality shine through in his exclusive reviews of these three remarkable properties, each promising a unique and unforgettable experience. From the historic allure of Palazzo Ripetta to the opulent Bulgari Hotel Roma and the seaside splendour of Villa Sant’Andrea, Dave unveils the essence of Italian luxury.

We invite you to vicariously experience these exquisite stays through Dave's expert lens, assuring you that these hotels are destined to capture your hearts and deserve to be on your future travel wish-list.


Palazzo Ripetta

Rome, Italy

Discover the charm of Palazzo Ripetta, an intimate retreat in the heart of Rome, Italy. Nestled near Piazza Di Popolo, this cosy contemporary haven is a beautifully renovated property, once a monastery and palazzo dating back to the 1600s, welcoming guests since its grand reopening in December 2022.

With 78 rooms and suites, including 21 Prestige rooms, Palazzo Ripetta embodies modern Italian luxury. The interiors showcase bursts of green, blue, and red tones, creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. Ideal for art lovers, this hotel offers a personalised service experience.

Guests can indulge in the exceptionally clean and thoughtfully designed rooms, adorned with 'Ortigia' bathroom and bedroom amenities. Rates are inclusive of breakfast and offer excellent value.

The true gem of this hotel is its private garden with a courtyard, providing a serene retreat amidst the bustling city. Enjoy a delightful buffet breakfast or opt for made-to-order delights. The warm and friendly staff ensures a memorable stay, making Palazzo Ripetta the perfect choice for those seeking an artistic and tranquil escape in the heart of Rome.


BVLGARI Hotel Roma

Rome, Italy

Experience the epitome of luxury at Bulgari Hotel Roma, an Italian sanctuary seamlessly blending past and present in the heart of Campo Marzio. As you step into this opulent haven, a 2000-year-old statue of Augustus, founder of the Roman Empire, welcomes you to a journey of unparalleled sophistication.

Discover refined comfort in the 114 suites, each adorned with Bulgari's signature cashmere throws and featuring amenities like Marvis toothpaste. The complimentary mini-bar offers an array of carefully curated options, including fresh-pressed juices, Italian beer, wine, and premium mineral water. Luxuriate in oversized, marble-clad baths adorned with stunning mosaics.

Indulge in a restful night's sleep with the finest beds, accompanied by a diverse pillow menu. For enthusiasts of top-notch luxury and Italian charm, Bulgari Hotel Roma stands as an iconic destination. Ideally located near the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, and Via Corso, it effortlessly combines cultural exploration with indulgent shopping.

Enjoy exceptional amenities such as an incredible spa, a 25m pool with a Roman bathhouse ambiance, a gym, library, and rooftop seating. Delight in Bulgari's culinary excellence at The Bulgari Bar and Il Ristorante - Niko Romito.

This is a must-stay for an unforgettable Roman escape.

Villa Sant’Andrea. A Belmond Hotel Taormina Mare

Taormina, Italy

Experience the allure of Villa Sant'Andrea, a Belmond Hotel nestled in Taormina, Italy, where residential luxury meets modern Italian style. This intimate retreat, reminiscent of a private country house by the Sicilian sea, exudes a solid, inviting ambience.

Located just a brief 5-minute drive from Taormina's centre, the hotel is positioned on a beach below the road, ensuring tranquility with minimal traffic noise. A complimentary hourly shuttle transports guests to their sister property, Grand Hotel Timeo, in the town of Taormina.

With 71 elegant rooms and suites adorned with Italian fabrics and antique furniture, Villa Sant'Andrea offers a charming escape. Most rooms feature sea-view balconies with furniture, providing a picturesque setting to start the day.

Ideal for those seeking a blend of beach relaxation and town exploration, Villa Sant'Andrea caters to families and couples alike. Art lovers will appreciate Baroque paintings and family heirlooms adorning the common areas, creating a homely atmosphere. The corridors are subtly scented with local home-grown flowers and leaves, enhancing the familial ambience.

Noteworthy highlights include Molton Brown bathroom toiletries, the Sicilian cuisine and fresh seafood served at Oliviero restaurant's beautiful terrace, and panoramic views of the Bay of Mazzarò. The wellness centre, surrounded by tropical gardens, features a fitness centre with new equipment. Conveniently located in front of the cable car to Taormina old town, Villa Sant'Andrea invites you to savour the best of both beachside serenity and cultural exploration.


To plan your next European escape, contact your Travelcall Advisor.

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