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In recent years the demand for summer holidays in the mountains has witnessed  considerable growth. High temperatures, crowded beach resorts and the desire to spend time in cooler, more relaxing settings have led more and more people to choose the mountains for their summer holidays.

In response to this trend Ota Viaggi, known for its Sardinian and seaside properties, has decided to expand its offer to include a wide range of summer mountain destinations, ranging from Valle d'Aosta to Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Trentino-Alto Adige.

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Ota Viaggi has selected some of the best accommodation facilities to provide its customers with an unforgettable experience. Each hotel has been chosen for its strategic location, the services offered and the quality of its welcome. Among them are the Hotel Alpechiara – Courmayeur in Prè St. Didier, which is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to explore the beauty of the mountains in summer. A short distance from the centre of Courmayeur and the cable car, guests can enjoy the serenity of the Alps without sacrificing proximity to the main tourist attractions. Built in typical Aosta Valley style, with light wood and stones and blending perfectly with the surrounding landscape, it is the perfect choice for a summer holiday.

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The Hotel Piandineve at Passo del Tonale is ideal for those seeking a mix of adventure and relaxation. Strategically located, it offers easy access to numerous hiking and biking trails that are perfect for discovering the area in the summer months. The hotel also organizes activities such as climbing and rafting for the more adventurous, and families will appreciate the wide range of services, including a Kids' Club, an indoor swimming pool and the evening entertainment.

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The Grand Hotel Monzoni, located in the heart of Pozza di Fassa, is an ideal retreat for those who wish to fully experience a summer mountain holiday in the Dolomites. The hotel takes its name from the majestic mountains that surround it, offering guests a spectacular view that stretches from the Sella to the Catinaccio and from the Monzoni to the Sassolungo peaks. This privileged location not only offers breathtaking views, but is also the perfect starting point for excursions and outdoor activities for the whole family.

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The Park Hotel, immersed in the enchanting fir forests of Val di Sole, is a choice refuge for summer mountain lovers. Surrounded by unspoiled nature and only three kilometres from the centre of Folgarida and seven kilometres from Madonna di Campiglio, it is a tranquil strategic base for exploring the area’s  beautiful landscapes. Recently refurbished in traditional Tyrolean style, the Park Hotel welcomes guests with its warm, family atmosphere. For the little ones, the Mini Club welcomes children from three to 12 years of age with areas equipped for fun and educational entertainment.

The Hotel San Giusto, in the heart of Falcade, one of the most beautiful tourist resorts in the Belluno Dolomites, is an ideal place to spend summer in the mountains, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience for guests. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and scenery, the hotel stands out for its privileged location in one of the few mountain villages that have remained intact. This large property is a landmark for anyone seeking holidays packed with fun, sport and relaxation throughout the year.

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The Grand Hotel del Parco, located in the heart of Pescasseroli and surrounded by the picturesque Abruzzo National Park, is an ideal destination for an unforgettable summer holiday in the mountains. At 1,162 metres asl, it offers a natural environment of extraordinary beauty, teems with diverse plant and animal life and has a dry, healthy climate that invites discovery even in the summer months.

In the summer the mountains offer a wide range of activities for all tastes. From more adventurous sports such as climbing and rafting, to more relaxing activities such as forest walks, birdwatching and nature photography. In addition, many mountain resorts organize cultural events, festivals and fairs that allow visitors to discover local traditions and typical products. For wellness buffs many facilities have spas and wellness programmes, with treatments using natural and local products. The mountains are also an ideal place to practice yoga and meditation, thanks to the tranquility and beauty of the landscape.

The mountains in summer are also a perfect destination for families. Many fhotels offer dedicated services for children, such as kids’ clubs, playgrounds and entertainment programmes. Open-air activities, such as easy hikes and picnics in the meadows, are an ideal way to spend quality time with the family. In addition, many resorts also have adventure parks and nature trails that allow children to discover nature while having fun. Summer in the mountains is a valid alternative to traditional seaside holidays. Thanks to the diversified offer and the beauty of the landscapes, the mountains can satisfy the needs of all types of traveller. Ota Viaggi, with its experience and quality properties, is the ideal choice for organizing an unforgettable mountain holiday.

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Blu Hotel Senales

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Grand Hotel Misurina

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Linta Hotel Wellness & Spa

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Blu Hotel Natura & Spa

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Residence Sport Hotel Astoria

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Lindbergh Hotels launches the Homie Hotel its new digitalized property in Rimini for smart stays on the Romagna Riviera.

Lindbergh Hotels’ first hotel in Emilia Romagna

Lindbergh Hotels, the hotel group founded by Nardo Filippetti, has launched a new landmark in Rimini: Homie Hotel, an innovative hotel that transforms the traditional idea of accommodation into a tailor-made and highly digitalized experience. This is Lindbergh Hotel’s first property in Emilia Romagna and joins the group’s other Italian hotels. 

Using the Homie app guests can choose and pay for their room 

The Homie Hotel is located in a strategic position, in Marina Centro, just three minutes from the sea and the Rimini Sea Park – Rimini’s seafront redevelopment project - and it aims to become a new benchmark for the entire Romagna Riviera, one of the most popular destinations during the summer holidays with both Italian and international tourists. The Homie Hotel differs from properties already present in the area in that it brings a new concept of hospitality that is both digitalized and innovative. Before arriving at the hotel, and having downloaded the Homie app, guests can select and book the type of room they prefer and pay for their stay directly through the app. And once they arrive at the hotel, they will no longer have to go through reception, but will be able to access the hotel using a digital key.

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Sky TV and a breakfast basket 

The property has 41 rooms in Scandinavian and Danish style, featuring premium-quality mattresses that have been chosen to guarantee an excellent quality of sleep while the bathrooms feature large and spacious showers. The TVs have Sky subscriptions, allowing guests to enjoy moments of relaxation and the Homie also offers an innovative breakfast experience, thanks to the Homie Breakfast Box, a breakfast basket with sweet and savoury products and orange juice. In the public area there is a large co-living and co-working area, open to everyone, not just hotel guests, where Rimini residents and tourists in town can work using the fast and efficient connection, socialize and enjoy a coffee break thanks to the Starbucks coffee stations and food vending machines.

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Aiming for business guests in Rimini for trade fairs

Homie's objective is also to intercept a business clientele, which when travelling is increasingly attentive to detail and comfort, and which seeks a minimalist but highly efficient stay, which is why Homie will be open all year.  The major trade fairs held in Rimini all year round make it an ever-active city and Homie will capture the attention of business travellers. “We are very proud of Homie,- says Nardo Filippetti, president of Lindbergh Hotels.-This new entry introduces a new product line for us, which is based on the total digitization of services. We live in an ever-changing world, every day is a challenge for us, and so here we are with Homie to offer the market a product with excellent features at a super-competitive price, given the very high quality of the services it offers.” 

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The Blu Hotels group's new entry is the Artnatur Dolomites which opened last May in the Alpe di Siusi in Italy’s South Tyrol province in the Alto Adige region.

An outdoor saltwater pool heated by solar energy

At an altitude of 1,000 metres the hotel has 42 rooms furnished with five different types of South Tyrolean wood which, carefully combined according to their healing properties, create a harmonious atmosphere of wellbeing. Wellness is also guaranteed by a heated indoor pool and an integrated whirlpool. A large panoramic glass façade brings nature into the spa. The outdoor saltwater pool, particularly suitable for allergy sufferers, is heated with solar energy and offers guests refreshing baths during the summer season.

Promoting the use of refillable water bottles

From energy saving and responsible water management to the use of environmentally friendly materials, the hotel also stands out for its green commitment, offering guests a holiday in contact with nature, which, thanks to the healing properties of its elements, is the basis for all wellness treatments. The hotel is one of the first to have obtained the EU Ecolabel logo underscoring the care and protection of nature and the territory it implements to guarantee an increasingly reduced environmental impact.  On the question of water management the hotel invites its guests to use water sensibly, promoting refillable water bottles and offering water in jugs in the restaurant and in the rooms, with water sourced from over 2,000 regularly controlled sources.

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Mangia's resorts in Brucoli and Selinunte in Sicily get Breeam in-use certification.

One of the most important environmental certifications

The certification also goes to the Santa Teresa in Sardinia, and the award for sustainable building, had already been obtained in January by Mangia's Torre del Barone Resort & Spa. Breeam is an acronym combining the acronyms Bre (building research establishment) and eam (environmental assessment method) and is considered among the most important environmental certifications. The Bre group is a private British organization with more than 100 years of experience in research into sustainability and the environmental impacts of the building sector. It ensures environmentally sustainable design and construction standards, applicable to buildings, infrastructure and urban-scale initiatives.

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Low environmental impact and more

Certifying a Breeam building therefore means guaranteeing a low environmental impact, the use of environmentally sustainable processes and materials, a focus on green building and design innovations, superior building quality compared to legislative standards, lower maintenance and operating costs, and high standards of indoor comfort.

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The former Hotel Corso in Padua will be converted into a new generation hostel with over 200 beds. 

Specialized in hybrid hostels

The property was recently acquired by Urban Homy, a Trieste-based company specialized in 4-star hotels and  innovative mid and long-term formulas such as hybrid hostels and serviced apartments in Trieste, as well as in Udine, Monfalcone and Gorizia. The former Padua hotel is an Art Nouveau building and, starting in September, it will undergo renovations that are expected to be completed by the summer of 2025 when Hotello Padova will be inaugurated.

“Padua is strategically interesting” 

"Thanks to our experience in Trieste with the opening of Hotello in 2021, the largest hostel in Friuli Venezia Giulia, we are now ready to develop an expansion plan that looks towards new areas such as Padua, - explains the president of Urban Homy, Massimo Antoci. -The city is strategically interesting for us to intercept tourist targets that will be able to appreciate a hostel in the centre of town.

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The Gabetti agency in Padua was the advisor for the sale of the property in the city centre, the former Corso Hotel, as well as a number of businesses. The Veneto city is experiencing a moment of exceptional revitalization of its real estate assets, with important repercussions on the living-accommodation-residential segment. The attractiveness from a tourist point of view is certainly also driven by Padua’s recent second UNESCO listing for the Urbs Picta, which has increased the city's notoriety and brought new tourist flows related to leisure and art-tourism, while in the broader accommodation sector there is a growing demand for student beds. 

"The acquisition of the former Corso Hotel represents not only a real estate investment, but also a vote of confidence in the growth and development potential of the Padua railway station area,” adds Gabetti's relationship manager for Veneto, Alessandro Zanetti.

 

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Astro tourism is the newest trend taking over the travel industry, captivating travellers and astronomy enthusiasts alike.


Escaping to areas with reduced light-pollution

This niche travel trend is transforming traditional travel by combining education, adventure, and luxury. One third of the global population cannot see the stars or Milky Way at night due to artificial light pollution. Astro tourism allows you to experience these cosmic landscapes by escaping to destinations with reduced light pollution and clear night skies to witness a dazzling array of stars and constellations.

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Italy’s Most Beautiful Skies award

This summer witness the wonders of the cosmos at the 4-star Baia del Sole located on Calabria’s Tyrrhenian coast, between Tropea and Capo Vaticano, in lush gardens facing the sea, just steps from its private sandy beach. The expansive panoramic views of Stromboli and the Aeolian Islands from the terraces, combined with the reduced light pollution of the area, makes Baia del Sole the perfect spot to observe the stars and the central region of the Milky Way. The beauty of these starry skies and the resort’s commitment to creating experiences to enhance and enjoy celestial heritage has earned Baia del Sole Italy’s Most Beautiful Skies award.
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Observing the moon, stars and planets

Baia del Sole offers Star Hopping Among the Constellations experiences free for all hotel guests. The Association of Amateur Astronomers will guide guests through the cosmos with the aid of professional telescopes, providing them with the opportunity to observe the moon, planets, and deep sky objects as never before. Baia del Sole’s advantageous location makes it possible to see constellations year-round - witness the Lunar sunsets over the sea each moth, watch the Milky Way rise from the south and set over the sea in the west in the summer, and see Jupiter and Saturn become visible throughout the night in late September and October. These experiences are scheduled for 13 and 27 July, 11 and 24 August and 7 September.

Ancient sites and foodie discoveries

The resort has a Kids’ Club and a variety of activities in the unspoiled nature of Calabria, including hiking and cycling, as well as visits to ancient archaeological sites and foodie discovery trips of this lesser-known region.

For information: www.baiadelsole.com
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Canavese region is in Piedmont between Turin and Ivrea, a 45-minute drive from the centre of Turin and about an hour from Milan. It is an area rich in attractions and environmental heritage, starting with the Gran Paradiso National Park, which is the oldest park in Italy having been founded in 1922.  The many animals that roam freely in the park, from ibexes, chamois, marmots and foxes, to eagles and bearded vultures are easily spotted, and so it is an ideal destination for a rewarding photo safari, especially if accompanied by one of the park guides who know exactly where visitors can best encounter the local fauna. The park is also an ideal destination for nature discovery and environmental education activities for children and families, but above all it is a popular destination for relaxation and outdoor tourism.


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Canavese can also boast Italy’s only Italian 4,000-metre mountain, the Gran Paradiso, as well as numerous peaks that exceed 3,000 metres. These are very popular for free climbing at an international level. There is also the possibility of canyoning or, in winter, climbing icefalls. But the park does not just offer thrills and technical activities for adrenaline junkies,  because with its eight hundred kilometres of trails (including the Strade Reali) it offers excursions for all tastes and all levels, from simple walks for families to multi-day treks (Alta Via Canavesana, Giroparco Gran Paradiso).

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For those who do not want to, or cannot, walk, there is the road from Ceresole Reale to the Colle del Nivolet. At 2,600 metres, it is one of the highest roads in Europe and visitors find themselves  in the wilderness just a few steps away from their car. There are also other protected areas in the Canavese like the Pelati Mountains and the Ivrea Five Lakes and Lake Candia. But even outside the parks, Canavese is a nature paradise with a great variety of landscapes and extraordinary biodiversity, as you can go from the plains around Turin to the Erbaluce vineyard hills in little more than an hour's drive, and then on to the glaciers and Alpine altitudes of the Canavese mountains.

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One of the characteristics of the area is its wealth of lakes, the legacy of a great glacier that once occupied the plain and left us the Anfiteatro Morenico della Serra and the lakes of Viverone, Candia and the Ivrea Five Lakes, which are excellent for bathing, for motorized activities including water skiing (Viverone), for trekking and excursions by e-bike and on horseback (Ivrea 5 Lakes) as well as for bird watching, canoeing and excursions with electric boats (Candia). Lake Ceresole is of great interest for windsurfing is it is one of the few lakes at an altitude of 1,600 metres where this sport can be practiced.

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The entire Canavese area is a training ground for outdoor activities like free flight (paragliding or hang-gliding) with two different take-off stations and then there are water activities such as rafting and canoeing. In Ivrea the Dora Baltea is one of the few urban tracks for canoeing and kayaking where international competitions are held. Among the experiences offered by the Consortium is the Baptism of Flight that allows even those with no experience to take to the skies in a paraglider with an expert instructor, or to soar in a hot-air balloon, also with a personal chef on board for a VIP experience. And anyone who loves walking can take the Via Francigena Canavesana, a route with peaceful landscapes, baptisteries and Romanesque churches.

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In winter it is possible to go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and, for the more experienced, ski mountaineering. For those who do not want to walk, but still want to immerse themselves in nature, the Consortium also offers horse-drawn carriage rides which are ideal for families with children. And we also recommend walks among the Erbaluce or Carema vineyards, perhaps in the company of a sommelier, ending the day with a guided tasting in a wine cellar, a forest bath or a pottery course in Castellamonte, with the possibility of visiting an ancient kiln, the artists' workshops or a pottery factory.

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Canavese is a splendid choice not only for active tourism but also for cultural tourism as it has four UNESCO heritage sites: the pile-dwelling areas of Viverone, The Sacred Mount of Belmonte, The Castle of Agliè  and Ivrea, 20th-century industrial city. Among the events not to be missed is the Ivrea Carnival with the Battle of the Oranges in February, although there are also numerous traditional festivals and historical re-enactments throughout the year. Excellent food and wine, enchanting landscapes, picturesque villages and many castles, among then the Masino with its extraordinary park. And, of course, nature galore.

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Valchiusella is a beautiful valley renowned for its wild herbs that become rustic or refined dishes depending on the interpretation of the chef. The Consortium offers foraging excursions with a chef who holds one Michelin star and a green star for sustainability, and also with an ethnobotanical expert. After learning to recognize the herbs, we can enjoy a picnic on the meadow with herb-based dishes. Valchiusella is also home to the Damanhur community, which offers holistic experiences and visits to the extraordinary Temples of Humanity. These are extraordinary temples 75 metres underground with frescoed walls and mosaic floors covered with symbols of all religions and have a magical charm.  

The Canavese is a land of a thousand opportunities, and the Canavese Village project by the Consortium of Tourism Operators Valli del Canavese offers unique and authentic experiences in the area.

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From June 23 to 29, the enchanting cities of Messina and Reggio Calabria will welcome 20 international buyers for "Meet Tourism Stretto di Messina.” 

Meeting local DMOs and DMCs

Organized by ItaliaAbsolutely, this exclusive event is designed to elevate local tourism through engaging B2B meetings, dynamic workshops, and captivating excursions, all highlighting the unique splendor of these stunning destinations. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with local Destination Management Organizations (DMOs) and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in a series of networking events. These interactions will pave the way for new collaborations and the development of innovative tourism packages showcasing the distinctive allure of Messina and Reggio Calabria.

An excursion on a felucca fishing boat

A highlight of the event will be a scenic trip on a felucca, the traditional boat used for swordfish fishing, offering an authentic taste of Messina's maritime heritage. Another unforgettable experience awaits at the National Museum of Magna Graecia in Reggio Calabria, where attendees can marvel at the renowned Riace Bronzes, one of Italy's most treasured cultural artifacts. And no visit would be complete without savoring the local culinary delights, including Messina's famous Pane alla Disgraziata, a delectable sandwich considered the world's first fast food. 

Fostering connections with local stakeholders

"Meet Tourism Strait of Messina" is set to enhance the visibility of Messina and Reggio Calabria as premier tourist destinations. By fostering connections with European travel agents and local stakeholders, the event aims to uncover new opportunities for developing tailored travel proposals, showcasing the unparalleled beauty and cultural richness of these Italian gems.

The event is sold out. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate in our upcoming fam trips in Italy.

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It’s now official: the Villini Sallustiani in Rome, which Merope Asset Management bought in 2021 from Colony Capital, will become the fifth Mandarin Oriental property in Italy. 

The hotel will open in 2026 on a Roman archeological site

The new hotel, scheduled to open in 2026, will follow those already in operation in Milan, Lake Como and the already announced openings in Cortina d'Ampezzo and Porto Cervo. The Roman complex is located in the archaeological site of the Gardens of Sallustio, situated between Via Piemonte and Via Sallustiana, close to Rome’s famous Via Vaneto.

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Ten villas with a total of 108 rooms and suites

The Mandarin Oriental Rome will be developed on an area of over 18,000 sqm and consist of ten 19th-century villas set in a park. The villas will house 108 rooms and suites, some with private gardens and terraces. As part of the agreement reached with Mandarin Oriental, Merope will be in charge of the redevelopment and restoration, for a total investment of some €100 million, as well as taking on the long-term management. After long discussions with the municipal administration, the proposal for an exemption building permit was recently approved, with a change of use of the area from residential to hospitality, making it possible to go ahead with the project.

The hotel will have six restaurants and bars 

The master plan for the project and the redevelopment and restoration of the villas, which will preserve their typical 19th-century architectural style, has been entrusted to Bms, while the interior design will be handled by the French duo Gilles&Boissier. The F&B will be entrusted to DimoreStudio, and  P'arcnouveau will be responsible for the landscaping. Guests will find six restaurants and bars, plus the option of dining outdoors or inside the villas. The Mandarin Bar will be located on a large rooftop terrace overlooking the city. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental will offer a wide range of wellness experiences. Fitness enthusiasts will have access to state-of-the-art machines, a large indoor pool as well as outdoor pools in the gardens. Six treatment rooms, a VIP suite, spa rooms and a terrace will complete the wellness offer.

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The new Mercure Roma Cinecittà is eight kilometres from Ciampino airport in a strategic position, a short distance from the historic Cinecittà film studios and the underground station. 

The hotel has a smart working area

With 126 rooms, underground parking, three meeting rooms with natural light, a gym and a smart working area, it has all-day dining inspired by the historical Roman clubs frequented and loved by the actors and actresses who work and have worked at the Cinecittà studios.

The all-day dining is inspired by the cinema

The hotel is inspired by the world of cinema, with rooms that have been designed to evoke the atmosphere of film sets. The artworks have been commissioned to tell the story of Italian cinema to international guests, and the corridors have wallpaper depicting the geometries of the facades of the Cinecittà studios. The Mercure Cinecittà All Day Dining is designed as a place frequented by movie stars.

Accor-Amapa will open five more hotels in Italy 

The hotel is the result of a franchising agreement between Accor and Amapa, a long-standing partner of the French group, with which nine other hotels in Italy have already been developed. Over the next few years, Accor and Amapa plan to open five more hotels in Northern and Central Italy. 

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