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Rome can’t be toured in a day, either. The city feels like the exhibit halls of a giant outdoor museum, a real-life collage of piazzas, open-air markets, and mind-boggling historic sites. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, drop your jaw at the Colosseum and the Pantheon, and fuel up on cappuccino for an afternoon of shopping at the Campo de’Fiori or Via Veneto. Dig into a plate of fresh pasta, some succulent fried artichokes, or a tender oxtail stew for one of the best meals of your life.

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December 20, 2010

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December 19, 2010

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October 16, 2008

Rome + Florence Winter Special with FriendsTravel.com

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6 nights with Transfers and Tour Options included

Arrive in style with a private transfer to the 4* Duke Hotel for a 3 night stay in a Superior Room. Travel first class on Eurostar Italia from Rome to Florence for a three night stay at the 4* Hotel Atheneum.Choose from: A private tour of the Vatican in Rome with your own English speaking guide or a full-day in the Tuscan countryside with wine tasting and lunch in Chianti.

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October 15, 2008

The Price is Right at This Rome Hotel: Villa Laetitia with FriendsTravel.com

The Price is Right at This Rome Hotel: Villa Laetitia


If you had 150 euros to spend in Rome’s Fendi store, what could you get? Not much. That’s not enough to even think about buying a Fendi belt. That’s why I was intrigued to learn that a new hotel in Rome opened by a member of the vaunted fashion family was charging just 150 euros per night. (In the few weeks since I visited however, that rate has been raised to 180 euros.)

Villa Laetitia is the product of Anna Fendi Venturini, one of the five Fendi sisters who inherited the company from their founder parents. Venturini and her daughters (for the fashionistas out there, daughter Silvia is credited with inventing the famous Baguette bag) transformed the servant’s quarters of a 1911 villa by Armando Brasini into a collection of 15 rooms and suites.

The villa overlooks the Tiber on the Lungotevere delle Armi, about a 15-minute walk across the river from the Piazza del Popolo. When I entered the gates, I immediately saw the construction taking place on the main villa (where seven more suites and a spa will open early in 2009). [reserve NOW! for 2009!]  ROME@friendstravel.com

I followed a gravel driveway to the back garden, where I was surprised to see sheets hanging on a line and the laundry room in full view. I think the name Fendi made me assume I would be walking into a palace but I soon realized that though filled with elegant touches, the goal of Villa Laetitia is to truly function as a casual residenza or home-away-from-home. As such, I was given my own personal code to open the front gate so I could come and go at any hour.

The only room available during my stay was the “Green Suite,” which, you guessed it, is filled with funky green décor such as modern Casamania tables and two 1960s Tobia Scarpa green steel twin beds pushed together. The main room was a good size, with a small adjacent room housing an armoire and a pint-sized table and chairs. Since a crib or small bed could fit in here, this would be a good suite for a young family.


I adored the functional, compact kitchen in the corner. Every room has its own small kitchen, so the hotel does not offer daily breakfast. After spending days in hotels where either wireless Internet service was unavailable or it wasn’t working properly, I was happy to hop on to the bed with my laptop and utilize the free Wi-Fi. I was less enthused by the bed itself. I knew the bed frame was from the 1960s but was the uneven mattress that old too? It didn’t seem to matter, I slept like a baby that night. Surrounded by large trees and set back from the road, this is a quiet and peaceful place to stay.

Since each room has its own unique décor and theme, prospective guests should consult the photos on the Web site to survey the options. Many of the rooms incorporate Liberty and modernist elements favored by Armando Brasini. The furniture varies widely and was selected on Fendi buying trips at flea markets all over the world. The senior suite “Karl” featured black and white-style furnishing reminiscent of Vienna in the 1920s and the designs of Karl Lagerfeld (who has designed for Fendi) grace the walls.

I would equate my stay to a visit in my eccentric aunt’s guest house. That atmosphere is warm but you are left on your own (you don’t even have to pass reception if you stay in one of the garden suites). The décor is fun and entertaining. Now that word is out about Villa Laetitia – it was just named to Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List 2008” – anyone who wants to book one of the affordable double rooms here should reserve early. For some, the competitive price of the rooms will be the main draw and worth the fact that Laetitia’s location is slightly out of the way. Others who are inspired by design will be happy to pay more for one of Laetitia’s incredible senior suites.

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Italy! What can one say about Italy. One of the most wonderful experiences!

Italy! What can one say about Italy. One of the most wonderful experiences ever! Time and time again!

Every city and town and province offers something truly unique. Whatever experience you might be seeking, Italy has it, waiting just for you! From the Italian Alps with their impeccable skiing, to the ‘boot’ and everything in between.

The fantastic canals of ‘Casanova’s Venice’ to the “La Dolce Vita”  Set in Rome in the 1950s where Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) covers the more sensational side of the news; movie stars, religious visions, and the decadent aristocracy. The film shows seven days and nights in the life of the reporter. Marcello is living with Emma (Yvonne Furneaux), a woman who loves him and wants a traditional marriage, but she is possessive and shows little ability to understand his unarticulated search for value and meaning in his life. He has encounters with other women – Maddalena (Anouk Aimée), a beautiful, wealthy, and jaded friend/lover, and Anita Ekberg as an American movie star named Sylvia. Marcello also briefly meets an unspoiled and charming girl working at a beachside restaurant.

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Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) is a San Francisco writer whose seemingly perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour.

She finds out at a party that she’s hosting, from a writer to whom she had given a bad review of his book, that her husband has been cheating on her.

Her recent divorce has left her depressed and with terminal writer’s block, and her best friend Patti (Sandra Oh), a lesbian who is expecting a child, is beginning to think Frances might never recover.

Patti convinces her to take an Italian vacation, to Tuscany, but it’s on a gay tour (Patti and her partner Grace (Kate Walsh) had booked it for themselves, but changed plans after Patti became pregnant). At first she refuses, but then after being in her new, gloomy apartment, she decides that it is a good idea to get away for a little while after all.

In Tuscany, while stopping in a small town she sees a notice about a villa for sale, in San Casciano dei Bagni. Then while the passengers are back on the tour bus, the bus has to stop to let a herd of sheep pass, and Frances realizes that they’ve stopped in front of the very villa that she had seen for sale, and she believes it’s a sign.

She asks the driver to stop and she gets off the bus. In a series of serendipitous events she becomes the owner of a lovely yet dilapidated villa in beautiful Tuscany. From this point her life begins anew with a variety of interesting characters and unusual but gentle souls.

She hires a crew of Polish immigrants to renovate the house. Over time, Frances also befriends her Italian neighbors and develops relationships with her Polish workers, the realtor who sold her the villa, and Katherine, an eccentric, aging actress. Later, she is visited by the now very pregnant Patti, whose partner Grace has left her.

Frances does meet a romantic interest, Marcello, but it does not last, and she is about to give up on happiness when two young lovers come to her for help. Eventually, she finds the fulfillment she was searching for in a wedding at the villa, where she also meets an American writer who is traveling in Tuscany. The movie ends with the possibility of a new love in her life.

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