From cypress tree tunnels to medieval villages and ancient vineyards, Tuscany is home to some of the most beautiful scenes in Italy.
Tuscany is a region in central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David” statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards.
May 15, 2022 – Seville is ready for a true return to form. The city whose splendour has inspired countless works of music, art and poetry is in the beating heart of Andalucía, with its enchanting streets lined with orange trees and Moorish highlights. It’s a flavour that infuses the city’s architecture, which is also full of colonial influences due to the wealthy merchants that traded across the Spanish Empire. Saturated with various styles and cultures, many of the city’s age-old properties have been carefully converted into cool places to stay, while remaining steeped in heritage. Whether you’re in search of a rooftop pool to dip into or classic Moorish architecture, this is your ultimate guide to the best hotels in Seville.
Alfonso XIII For a taste of truly regal extravagance, look no further. Built specially for Seville’s 1929 Expo, this majestic establishment was commissioned by the then king of Spain, who gave it his own name. Look out for the monarch’s mahogany and bronze throne: this was originally used in the royal office of the premises, which is where the restaurant Ena now sits. Here, executive chef Brian Deegan had just launched a new menu including grilled Iberian pork with escalivada and scallops with cauliflower foam. The hotel’s 148 rooms alternate Andalusian, Castilian and Moorish decorative styles; with grand stairways, sweeping corridors and ornamental patterns everywhere the eye can see.
The Potting Shed lies in a north Wiltshire village rather than the Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire territories of the Cotswolds, but it’s most definitely worth driving south for. The focus is all things seasonal and local, and the menu changes monthly to reflect this, as well as the produce from the two-acre garden.
The Sunday roasts are some of the best in the area but it’s also worth trying the main menu – highlights might include a black pudding scotch egg with mustard mayonnaise, a fluffy smoked mackerel pate with sourdough toast or the crispiest beer battered fish and chips. Keep an eye on the specials board for the fish of the day too. The charming Rectory hotel (where you’ll find The Potting Shed’s sister restaurant) is just down the road and is worth spending a night or two, so might as well make a long weekend out of it.
The Lamb Inn, Shipton-Under-Wychwood
With the success of The Bell Inn comes this new pub-with-rooms from the same owners. And it might just be one of the biggest Cotswolds openings of 2021, with bedrooms that are as smart as the menu. Peter Creed and Tom Noest are known for working their magic on derelict country inns that are in desperate need of a facelift. Here they’ve redone the space with a proper standing bar, mismatched picture frames and a large garden out back. The menu is similar to its big sister (devilled kidneys on toast, juicy burgers) but this time with a French twist – escargots and crispy frogs’ legs, bavette-steak tartare with game chips, confit duck frites with zingy aioli. Oh, and a must-order tarte tatin for pudding.
Join Condé Nast Traveller’s contributing editor Rick Jordan, and freelance writer and editor Shannon Mahanty, as they show us around one of North London’s most vibrant hangouts. From strolling across the vast expanse of greenery at Regent’s Park and walking along the canal from Little Venice, to browsing the vintage clothing stalls and foodie hotspots at the legendary market, get to know the colourful culture of Camden. In this video, you’ll discover the neighbourhood’s musical history as well as where to go for the best ice cream, classic pints and experimental zero-waste cocktails in former public toilets converted into a bar.
Travel to Northern Italy instantly and inhale the beauty and ancient culture of Florence with our latest Postcard video. Follow as we begin with the gothic architecture of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, before taking in sky-high views from the Campanile di Giotto bell tower attached to the vast complex.
Move on to see the unique handmade craftwork being created at the Antico Setificio Fiorentino – one of the only remaining silk manufacturing workshops in the world – then stop off for a traditional aperitivo of bread, cured meats and crisp, cool white wine. We also venture to the iconic Boboli Gardens and Uffizi Galleries and many other insider places. Watch now and travel through the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region from afar.
Just four miles from Lands’ End, the Minnack is an epic open-air theatre, perched on rugged granite cliffs towering over the Atlantic Ocean. The theatre itself has been carved into the landscape and is set among beautiful sub-tropical gardens. The theatre’s sweeping panoramic views of Porthcurno Bay are astounding.
2. Mevagissey and Fowey
Mevagissey is an idyllic, authentic and traditional Cornish fishing village. Its narrow streets wind past ancient buildings down to the heart of the picturesque old town. Here Mevagissey’s distinctive twin harbour bustles with colourful boats landing their daily catch.
Picturesque and pristine, Charlestown is one of Cornwall’s most beautiful and unspoiled historic ports. Originally built in the Georgian period to ship copper, today the Grade II listed 18th-century harbour instead transports visitors back in time. A fleet of breath-taking tall ships which anchor in the harbour conjure images of a bygone era and add to Charlestown’s charm.
Travel to the Amalfi Coast with our latest Postcard video, featuring gin-clear waters and sunset views along the southern Italy coastline. Start with a snapshot of Positano, the surreally beautiful cliffside village, and explore the handmade pieces available at Ceramica Assunta, established more than 70 years ago. Move on to the Monastero Santa Rosa hotel in the town of Conca dei Marini before taking a Sorrento Luxury Boat Tour. Check out art galleries, churches, the renowned Path of the Gods hike and finish with traditional pasta alle vongole. Watch now to be transported.
Travel to Naples with our latest Postcard video, featuring some of our favourite and insider places. Start at the medieval castle of Maschio Angioino in the centre and take in the ancient architecture of the city including the San Francesco di Paola church and Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta. Wander the buzzing markets lining the streets such as Via San Gregorio Armeno and stop for divine espressos and sfogliatelle at Gran Caffé Gambrinus. Wander on to taste pizza by Ciro Oliva, stretch out on the sandy beach at Posillipo and breathe in the views from the seafront castle Castel dell’Ovo. Watch now to be transported instantly to the southern Italian city and to marvel at its natural beauty and liveliness from afar.