“Bologna is celebrated for producing popes, painters, and sausages.” – Lord Byron (1788-1824) Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast… the classic sites of Italy are incomparable in their appeal for both first-time visitors and repeat returners. Yet one of Ker & Downey’s passions is pursuing points of interest outside the typical tourist circuit, whether that’s presenting a popular locale in a new light or introducing an unexpected gem to the captivated traveler. One such gem is a magical place where creativity, tradition, innovation, culture, and an enthusiasm for the finer things in life all collide.
Long considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is packed with extraordinary art and architectural masterpieces around each turn of its narrow cobbled streets. The city is brimming with world-class art museums full of paintings and sculptures from masters like Botticelli and Michelangelo, fresco-clad churches, quaint trattorias, local markets, and of course, the Duomo. With so much to see within the city, it’s hard to know where to start. We’ve outlined our top five things to do in Florence to give you a head start.
Each year, the famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli hosts a concert in his hometown of Lajatico, Italy at the Teatro del Silenzio (Theater of Silence). The theater, built in 2006, is an open-air amphitheater surrounded by the Tuscan hills. Once every July, the Teatro del Silenzio hosts a concert by Bocelli, then remains silent the rest of the year.
In the Alta Badia valley in the Dolomites, great skiing is combined with gourmet food for a unique ski safari. South Tyrol, Italy’s northernmost province, is an area known for its apples, ham, wine, and an impressive 23 Michelin stars. Those 23 Michelin stars make it the most decorated province in all of Italy. This gourmet’s destination is also popular among skiers with the world’s largest ski circuit that encompasses over 745 miles of downhill runs, and all skiable with a single ski pass. Among the mountains and valleys, there is a network of mountain huts that can provide basic […]
Make your travel plans for 2019 instead by reading our suggestions for where to go in 2019. It’s a wide world and there are so many places to see. Ker & Downey helps you hone in on where to travel in 2018, and why you must add these destinations to your travel bucket list. Latin America Guatemala Conservation ranks high in this country of ruins worthy of an Indiana Jones adventure, nestled into thick jungles. The Mayan culture is very much alive here. The natural beauty of lakes and lofty volcanoes reaching into the blue skies leaves us wondering why Guatemala […]
The Spring/Summer Milan Fashion Week is gearing up to take the designer world by storm from September 20 through September 27. Hosted in Italy’s fashion mecca, this week-long fashion festival is the perfect jet-setting destination for anyone in search of style and creativity alongside the rich and famous. Ker & Downey is excited to offer an exclusive journey for fashion–forward travelers, providing behind-the-scenes access to the city’s hundreds of shows, presentations, and parties. Our Milan Fashion Week essentials: Armani Hotel Milano | Armani Hotel Milano is the premier choice for discerning travelers traveling to Milan Fashion Week. Personally styled by […]
Luxury Travel Consultant Nicole Porto shares thoughts from her trip to Ischia, the untouched Italian paradise. At least 15 years ago, I clipped a picture out of a magazine of a boy diving into crystal clear water; the caption said something like “Ischia is virtually untouched by American tourists and is popular with Italians for its beautiful beaches and relative seclusion”. I might have carried that picture around with me for several years until you could barely see the picture anymore, and while I’ve been to Italy several times over the years, I never quite made it to this obscure […]