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I landed in magical, mystical Venice, where the water quietly laps the side of our private water taxi as we make our way from one incredible place to the next: Ca’Sagredo, Cip’s at Cipriani, Regatta Storica, Rialto Market…



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From enchanting Venice, I made my way north to Rosa Alpina, a family-owned hotel and spa nestled at the foot of the Dolomites. Think Sound of Music scenery with fresh air, clear blue skies, and picturesque views from every turn! The land may look more like Austria, but the Pizinni family welcomed us Italian-style with open arms and delicious food prepared by their two-star Michelin chef. Thanks to their hospitality and an unexpected encounter with friends from Richmond, I felt right at home. Next up…the Lake District.


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Lake Como was the perfect ending to a perfect Italian get-away. We began at Villa d’Este, that majestic old hotel overlooking the water, where celebrities seeking serenity have come for years. Who can blame them? This exclusive, yet understated part of the world is like no other. While boating, we passed private islands, the beautiful Villa del Balbianello, and many imposing private villas (Hello, George Clooney!) along the way. The charming town of Bellagio is the hub of activity with upscale shopping and terrific restaurants. And finally, to cap it all off, we made our way to Lake Como’s best-kept secret…the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, an incredible destination for couples, families, young, and old. Special thanks to our Virtuoso On Site, IC Bellagio. Arrivederci, Italia! I’ll be back.

Caroline Travels the World…And so can you.


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