Double new entry in Rome for the Bzar Hotel&Co group, which adds two hotels to its pipeline in the Eternal City in just over a month. 

Renovating two historic Roman properties

The Bzar Hotel&Co group recently acquired a historic building located at Via delle Coppelle 16, a few steps from Rome’s Piazza Navona, formerly known as the Hotel Varese. It also took over the management of the 24-room 3-star Fori Imperiali Cavalieri, located in Via Frangipane. In the first case, according to the group's ceo and co-founder Filippo Ribacchi, the plans are to transform the property into a 4-star boutique hotel with 24 rooms, a rooftop bar and a restaurant. 

The new Fori Imperiali Cavalieri will have 27 rooms

The second property, the Fori Imperiali Cavalieri, is already being renovated with the aim of repositioning the hotel in the luxury segment as well as expanding its offer to 27 rooms. A lobby, a breakfast room and a rooftop will complete the offer.

A fast-growing hotel group

The Bzar Hotel&Co group operates a portfolio of 15 properties, all located in Rome with the sole exception of the 66-room 3-star 43Station Hotel in Milan. The company's pipeline also includes a further four properties: one in Milan, the Cortina Hotel and the Prassede Palace in Rome, as well as the Belvedere in Ostia. The group is also active in the F&B sector with two restaurants and two rooftop bars.

Published in Hospitality

Volotea is set to bring a fresh wave of investments to its Verona base in 2024, introducing six new international routes. 

Six new routes with bi-weekly flights

The Spanish airline will kick off its expansion with Comiso from 21 March, offering flights on Thursdays and Sundays with over 22,000 seats available. Following closely will be Madrid and Prague due to commence on 22 March, with flights on Mondays and Fridays, and approximately 16,300 and 16,000 seats on sale respectively. Copenhagen and Valencia routes will start from 23 March, operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays, each with 16,300 seats available. Lastly, Bordeaux will join the lineup from 13 April, offering flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with over 14,000 seats on sale.


Generating direct and indirect employment

To support this expansion Volotea will position a new Airbus A320 aircraft at Catullo Airport, generating direct employment for an additional 30 people and indirect employment for over 170. The carrier anticipates a growth in capacity of +26% in Verona for 2024 compared to this year, with a total offering of almost 800,000 seats on sale. “Passengers departing from Verona can already start planning their next summer holidays,” said Valeria Rebasti, international market director Volotea, - in addition to the new international routes, Volotea is introducing flights to Comiso, thus adding to the Sicilian destinations already offered from Catullo, and which will allow passengers to discover all the beauties of southern Sicily for relaxing sea breaks.”

Volotea has operated over 40,000 Verona flights since 2012

Since its debut in Verona in 2012, Volotea has transported approximately 5.3 million passengers to the city on over 40,000 flights. The airline has established a strong and synergistic bond with Verona, supporting the valorisation of the city's artistic and cultural heritage.  “With the new connections announced today, Volotea once again responds to the requests of an area always ready to welcome new markets,- said Camillo Bozzolo, commercial director aviation of the Save Group. 

Published in Transportation

Vipiteno in the Italian Alps is a winter paradise for skiers of all levels, and is one of the “Borghi più Belli d’Italia,” the association grouping Italy’s most beautiful towns.

Winter will soon be declared open in Vipiteno 

Winter in Vipiteno is just around the corner and will begin on 24 November with the opening of the Christmas Market, one of the original five markets in Italy’s South Tyrol. Then, on 7 December the ski season is scheduled to start in the Monte Cavallo-Rosskopf area, with skiing in nearby Ladurns available from 8 December. 

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Skiing and tobogganing at Monte Cavallo-Rosskopf 

At Monte Cavallo-Rosskopf there are slopes for all levels, from the well-equipped Kinderland, with snow games for the little ones, to the numerous blue and red slopes suitable for a wide range of skiers. The jewel in the area’s crown is the Monte Cavallo cable car, which starts on the northern outskirts of the town of Sterzing and goes to 970 metres asl where the ski rental shop is located, and on to the heart of the ski area at 1,862 metres. The Monte Cavallo toboggan run breaks records as the longest snow-covered and illuminated toboggan run in Italy. At the rental shop at the cable car departure point visitors can find all the equipment they need for tobogganing. 

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The Monte Cavallo, Ladburns and Racines lift pass

The ancient spa town of Colle Isarco offers a ski area with 18 kilometres of slopes. The fast and comfortable cable cars serve an area with a total vertical drop of 900 metres, and there is also a children's area. The Valle Isarco ski pass allows visitors to ski with a single ski pass on the slopes of Monte Cavallo, Ladurns and also in the Racines area. 

Cross-country skiing and winter hiking in the Val di Vizze 

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In Sterzing, at an altitude of 1,500 metres, there are 25 kilometres of slopes for skating or classic technique skiing, and the cross-country ski slopes have a large parking area and a centre with rentals. Val di Vizze is also a paradise for those who are looking for quiet and picturesque places for family winter excursions on the groomed trails that run alongside the cross-country slopes. 

Ski passes cost less during the WOW Weeks 

During WOW Weeks, which run from 7 to 23 December 2023, the purchase of a 3, 4 or 5-day ski pass gives an extra day's skiing. The same promotion will be valid during the low season periods on the PREMIUM Weeks, from 7 to 27 January and from 17 March to 1 April 2024. To access these promotions enter the promotional code WOW or PREMIUM in the online shop, depending on the period. These offers are only valid online.

Published in Cities & Regions

Mangia's Santa Teresa Resort in Sardinia has reopened after a makeover costing €12 million. 

Landscaped gardens and 199 rooms many with private terraces

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Suite Santa Teresa Resort

The work included the swimming pool, spa, gym, tennis court, water sports (SUP and canoeing), landscaped gardens and free parking which are just some of the innovations awaiting guests at Mangia's Santa Teresa Resort.  Located on the small bay of Santa Reparata in the north of the island, Mangia’s Santa Teresa boasts 199 rooms that have been completely renovated and furnished in Italian style. Many of the rooms have sea views or a private terrace. The resort also has an equipped private beach and a shuttle service to the most beautiful beaches in the area. 

Two restaurants and a pool bar

For summer 2024 the Mangia’s property has a new beach club near the resort. There are also two restaurants: the brand-new Donna Floriana Bistrot, which serves traditional and contemporary Italian dishes, and the renovated Perseo Restaurant, with an international buffet that also includes local specialities. Guests can also enjoy sundowners at the Lime Pool Bar, and relax in the Lounge with jazz music.

Published in Hospitality

The Umbria International Airport has reached a new milestone: 50,000 passengers since the beginning of the year.

The airport also inaugurated two new departure gates

The San Francesco d'Assisi Airport in Perugia is pleased to announce that on Wednesday 22 November, the airport reached 500,000 passengers for the first time since the beginning of the year. The celebrations for the new historic milestone also included another important goal for the airport: the inauguration of two new boarding gates, thus expanding the capacity and convenience for travellers and increasing the total number of gates available at the terminal's departure area from four to six. 

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“The airport will race towards one million passengers by 2025”

“This is an extraordinary achievement and is the result of a lot of work and a clear vision by the Regional Government. In 2024 Umbria Airport will carry out the extension works already financed by the Region, which will allow us to continue the race towards one million passengers by 2025 with a new industrial plan and new route investments," commented Donatella Tesei, President of the Umbria Region  Antonello Marcucci, President of Umbria Airport added, "reaching 500,000 passengers is a further tangible sign of the airport's success and its growing importance for the region. We look forward to the future with enthusiasm, committing ourselves to continue to provide high quality services and to support the economic development of our region.”

Published in Transportation

Umbria celebrates its first Michelin star, a remarkable feat for the Elementi Fine Dining Restaurant at the Borgobrufa Spa Resort, achieved just two years from its launch.  

The chef’s vision of ethical fine dining

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 “I cannot help but think of all those who have worked with me discreetly but decisively for ten years, in a union of professional and personal intentions, like my wife Martina Pallante, who is the Borgobrufa’s restaurant manager.” The significance of this Michelin star lies in the authenticity of the 70 micro-suppliers, the tightly-knit kitchen and dining room brigade, and the Sfascia family for their belief in the chef’s vision of ethical fine dining. 

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“Chef Impero works to safeguard and relaunch small local companies”

The Sfascia family, which own the resort, has always aimed at positioning the Borgobrufa project as a tourism and restaurant model for the entire region. “Chef Impero with his cooking philosophy has managed to transfer our values to the catering sector, and there is a real sense of pride for his efforts to safeguard and relaunch small local companies”, says Andrea Sfascia. 

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A  professional kitchen brigade and dining room staff

The announcement of the Michelin star acknowledges the entire team behind the restaurant. Alongside Chef Impero and restaurant manager Martina Pallante, the kitchen team comprises sous chef Daniele Binario, chefs Antonio Virgilio and Nicola Marzano, as well as the pastry chefs Pamela Fabrizi and Andrea Angeleri, while the dining room is helmed by the first maître and sommelier Domenico Scotto D'Antuono and the chef de rang Mariantonella Di Renzo.

Published in Food&Wine

Norwegian is investing in the Italian market and introducing new Milan Bergamo and Bari routes in 2024.

Milan Bergamo and Bari are the new spearhead

The Copenhagen-Milan Bergamo route will commence operations at Orobic airport on 31 March, 2024, with four weekly frequencies (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday). Then, starting from 18 May flights will connect Stavanger in south-western Norway to Bergamo on Wednesdays and Saturdays, up to 30 September, 2024. Furthermore, from 2 June, the capital of Finland, Helsinki, will also be linked to Bergamo, with three weekly flights (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday). These new additions complement the resumption of flights from Tromso on January 16 and those from Oslo and Bergen starting on 28 March, 2024.

“Norway is a rapidly expanding market” 

“The announcement of Norwegian Air Shuttle's new routes boosts the airline's presence at Milan Bergamo airport and confirms the growing interest in the routes that connect northern Europe and, in particular, Norway, which is a rapidly expanding market,” said Emilio Bellingardi, general manager of Sacbo, and Giacomo Cattaneo, aviation commercial director.

Three Scandinavian countries linked to Bari

Norwegian, in a noteworthy development for Bari, just one year after its debut in Puglia with the connection from Oslo, is relaunching with two new routes from Stockholm and Copenhagen. These mean that three Scandinavian countries will be directly connected to the Apulian capital by the carrier. From 4 May to mid-November, the weekly flight between Bari and Stockholm will be operational on Saturdays, and from 22 June, the bi-weekly flight from Copenhagen (Wednesday and Saturday) will be added. The Oslo route will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays. 

Boosting inbound and outbound traffic

“With these new routes, we are ready to see an increase in demand towards Norwegian destinations in the next summer season. We look forward to welcoming customers on board our aircraft and having them travel to beautiful Bergamo, as well as transporting Italian passengers to Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Stavanger,- said Magnus Thome Maursund, CCO of Norwegian. -Likewise, we aim to encourage both incoming by having Apulians fly to Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, and outgoing to Bari and Puglia.”

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The Como Alpina Dolomites will open its doors on 7 December in Val Gardena, in the Alpe di Siusi.

A 60-rooom ski-in-ski-out resort 

The new Italian Dolomite property, a 60-room ski-in-ski-out resort with an annual opening, is the second property of the Como Hotels & Resorts Group in Italy. It joins the Tuscan Castello del Nero in the heart of Chianti, and is Como’s fifth in Europe and 18th globally.

A selection of F&B offerings

The property's F&B outlets will be divided into three areas: the bright and informal open-air Alpina Chalet, the intimate Mountain Restaurant, dedicated to healthy Como Shambhala Cuisine, and the relaxing lobby lounge for drinks, light snacks and afternoon tea. The Como Shambhala Retreat Spa, will offer an extensive holistic wellness programme and have a 22-metre indoor pool, a 7-metre panoramic outdoor pool, a sauna, relaxation areas, a fitness area and a beauty centre.

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The Hotel La Majun in the Italian Dolomites is offering 4 nights for the price of 3.

1,200 kilometres of ski slopes with 50 lifts

The Dolomites in the heart of the Italian Alps are a UNESCO World Heritage site, celebrated for their breathtaking landscapes, pristine slopes, and world-class skiing - which is some of the best in Europe. The Dolomiti Superski is the largest ski circuit in the world, boasting 1,200 kilometres of ski slopes and accessible by 50 lifts across 15 resorts. So, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, the Dolomites provide a skiing experience that's second to none. 

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Special offers for Alpine adventures

From December through to March, Hotel La Majun in the quaint Ladin village of La Villa in the Alta Badia, is offering a series of special offers perfect for guests planning an alpine adventure. The 4 nights for the price of 3 offer includes; complimentary access to the hotel’s spa with a swimming pool, whirlpool, two Finnish saunas, steam bath, panoramic sauna, Kneipp path, hot tub and plunge pool; concierge service; complimentary ski pass collection and delivery service; complimentary access to storage facilities and boot warmers; homemade sweets and pastries each afternoon  and complimentary underground parking 

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Local specialties in the restaurant and wine tastings

The offer is valid over the following dates, subject to availability; 8-26 December, 6-11 January, 3-10 February, 2-31 March. The family-run La Majun radiates Alpine elegance and traditional Italian charm.  Guests can dine on the flavours of South Tyrol in the restaurant which features a menu of Ladin dishes and authentic Italian cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. La Majun’s sommelier also offers weekly wine tasting sessions. For those seeking adventure Hotel La Majun is perfectly placed to offer a range of activities for the winter season with access to the Dolomiti Superski complex right on its doorstep. For information: https://www.lamajun.it

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The Four Seasons San Domenico Palace is the Best Hotel 2023 for the Virtuoso agency network. 

The award was presented in Las Vegas

The Taormina hotel received the award in August in Las Vegas at the Luminaries, Legends and Leaders awards, which concluded Travel Week 2023.

“We are even more motivated to continue raising the bar”

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"We are honoured and delighted to receive this prestigious award," said general manager, Lorenzo Meraviglia. The San Domenico Palace reopened two years ago as a Four Seasons hotel, and I can honestly say it has been an incredible adventure. All this would not have been possible without the contribution of the owners and the Statuto Group. This award is the culmination of a lot of passion, commitment and hard work by the whole team, but it is only the beginning. Now we are even more motivated to continue raising the bar.”

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