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Risks and Rewards on an Italian Hillside – Villa Castagnola

Published June 14, 2018 in Europe , Italy - 0 Comments
Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola

Risks and Rewards on an Italian Hillside

by Edward Kiersh

Villa Castagnola Italy – The adventure begins by first snaking past long-abandoned border outposts, into and out of Switzerland and Italy every few miles. Houses and small hillside farms also seem to be forsaken, and that’s understandable. The one lane roads here, twisting and turning, are mean and harrowing, edging precariously close to cliffs dropping off into oblivion.

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Terrace and Garden

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Terrace and Garden

It wasn’t easy leaving the comfortable confines of the five-star, Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, an 1880-built getaway once home to a noble Russian family that sits wondrously right on Lake Lugano. Instead of braving “mad” Italian drivers hurtling through hairpin turns, it would have been far less blood-curdling to sit at one of the Villa’s bars smoking a Cuban cigar, dining in the Michelin-starred Gallery Arté al Lago restaurant, or simply watching the world go by in the Castagnola’s sculpture garden.

So why risk life and limb (and a rental car) for golf’s caprices?

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La Dolce Veneto – Venice Italy

Published December 13, 2013 in Europe , Italy - 0 Comments

La Dolce Veneto – Venice and Beyond!

By Jane Finn

Despite the fact that I studied art history and Dave architecture at university, after Rome and Florence, we were on historical and cultural ‘overload’.  We knew that like fine wine and great food, we needed a break to experience the ‘dolce vita’ and not rush our Venice experience. Firmly believing that the charm of the Veneto community extended well beyond the lagoon, we grabbed a rental car at the Maestro station and headed for the countryside and a couple of rounds of golf before venturing off to Venezia, reportedly the most visited city in the world.

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