BY SARA DARLING
IF YOU'RE A FAN OF RENAISSANCE ART, join the whole of Italy in celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci's death on the May 2nd 2019.
Italy is the perfect place for a cultural break, and Sardatur Holidays, has created a special 'Leonardo 500 Italy' package, to encompass its three most prominent Renaissance cities (Florence, Venice and Milan) to remember the genius in an educational and engaging seven night break.
Over the week, guests will visit Florence, where Leonardo studied as an apprentice of the artist Andrea del Verrocchio and visit the Uffizi, home to the unfinished Adoration of the Magi, plus two early works. There will also be access to The Museo Galileo to see Leonardo da Vinci: Visions. Technological challenges of the Universal Genius; And the Palazzo Strozzi will unveil a retrospective (March to July) of 120 paintings, sculptures and drawings devoted to the Renaissance maestro Andrea del Verrocchio, as well as work from Leonardo and other pupils.
Enjoy two nights in chic Venice and visit the 'Vitruvian Man' which will be on public display in 2019 for the first time in years at the Gallerie dell’Accademia, along with 24 other works.
Then head north, to Milan, where da Vinci called home for seventeen years, and visit his vineyard, and the world's largest statue of the genius outside La Scala opera house.
The Maria delle Grazie convent is home to one of da Vinci’s most famous works, The Last Supper; And Sforza Castle’s Sala delle Asse, which was decorated by da Vinci, will re-open on his anniversary, after six years restoration.
The Leonardo3 Museum is also holding a special retrospective, showing working models of his machines including the submarine, time machine and rapid-fire cross bow.
Sardatur Holidays ‘Leonardo 500’ seven-night package starts from £1,748 per person, including British Airways flights from London to Pisa and Milan to London. Accommodation comprises three nights in Florence, two nights in Venice and two nights in Milan at four star hotels on a bed and breakfast basis. Private airport and train station transfers and train transport between the three cities are included. The package includes one Da Vinci-themed tour in each city: a private tour of The Accademia and Uffizi in Florence, entrance to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Venice, and The Truth About Leonardo da Vinci tour in Milan.
Price is based on travel dates, 4th to 11th May 2019. To request a quote for alternative dates please contact Sardatur Holidays.
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STARTING WITH THE LENNOX HOTEL
BY SARA DARLING
Miami might be famed for its Art Deco architecture, but the latest arrival on the hotel scene is taking inspiration from Europe, to create an eclectic, homely offering, which would not be out of place in Italy.
The meticulously considered, Lennox Hotel Miami, is set to open this summer in the heart of the city; Taking up residence on iconic Collins Avenue, it is just a few footsteps from the beach, which means it offers the perfect location for culture and relaxation.
Bypassing a flashy decor and larger than life presence like some of its neighbours, the boutique hotel will offer just 119 rooms, in four interconnecting buildings; Along with one gourmet restaurant, an interior courtyard with swimming pool, and poolside bar offering al fresco dining and cocktails, which enhances the laid back Mediterranean vibe.
Designed by Argentinian interior designer Juan Ciavarella, the guest rooms blend the 1920s architecture with eco-friendly and up-cycled materials, to give each a personal, beachside feel.
With an intimate and discreet atmosphere, the rooms are listed as Terrace Poolside (with direct pool access), or Balcony King which has a private balcony overlooking the colourful streets of Miami Beach, and every room has it's own personality- from four posted beds to plants and artwork.
If you're looking for a chilled out stay in Miami, this should be top of your picks!
Lennox Hotel Miami Beach is scheduled to open its doors this summer.
Prices range from $199 - $400 USD
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HOW TO WATCH A GAME IN STYLE...
BY SARA DARLING
Football fans will have 1 June 2019 in their diary, with a big 'do not disturb' beside it! For those who aren't quite so in the know, this is the date of the UEFA Champions League final, which is taking place Madrid's Estadio Metropolitano (Wanda Metropolitano), home of Atletico Madrid.
For the first time, the five star VP Plaza España Design Hotel, is offering an exclusive three day VIP package, which includes 2 VIP tickets to the Campions League Final, three nights in the Presidential Suite , luxury car transfers (airport-hotel-stadium-hotel-airport) and a welcome bottle of Dom Pérignon in your room.
Guests will also enjoy meals at Casa Lucio and the double Michelin star DSTAgE restaurant and exclusive access to the post-match Champions League party hosted at Ginkgo Sky Bar on 1 June.
Situated in the heart of Madrid, the Hotel is also the perfect base to enjoy the city.
The package is priced at €30,000 per day (or €90,000 total) based on two people sharing, over a three night stay. Packages are also available in VP Plaza España Design’s 62m2 executive or romantic suites from €14,500 per day (or €43,500 total) based on two people sharing, over a three night stay.
For more information or to book, please visit www.plazaespana-hotel.com/en/champions-league-hotels-accommodation or contact the reservations department firstname.lastname@example.org / +34 91 595 55 10.