Exploring Florence in four hours

Exploring Florence in four hours by www.carlosmeliablog.comExploring Florence in four hours  |  Florence, Italy  |  During our last visit to Italy, we spent two night in Florence… well actually in Fiesole at the lovely and exclusive Villa San Michele by Belmond, we came down to Florence a few times to explore the city and also to enjoy some lovely dinners like the one we had at the Il Palaggio by Four Seasons Firenze. The fact that Villa San Michele had a regular shuttle connecting the hotel with the Piazza de la Repubblica in only 15 minutes, made our stay truly magical allowing us to enjoy the best of Florence as a traditional destination, and the peace and charm of the Fiesole, overlooking Florence from the top of the hills. For our tours, same as in Rome and Venice, we hired the expert services of Andiamo Travel and their staff of local knowledgeable and professional guides. In only a few hours, on a very tight schedule to see three main destinations in only 6 days, they managed to give us a full introduction to each of them. Continue reading Exploring Florence in four hours

Ponte Vecchio Florence

Ponte Vecchio Florence by www.carlosmeliablog.comPonte Vecchio Florence  |  Florence, Italy  |  One of the must see and visit highlights of Florence is, without a doubt, the Ponte Vecchio or Old Bridge, erected over the narrowest point of the Arno River in Medieval stone, connecting via the Vasari Corridor, the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence’s town hall) with the Palazzo Pitti. It has always hosted shops and merchants who displayed their goods on tables before their premises, the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.  Continue reading Ponte Vecchio Florence

Cucina Tradizionale Boccadama

Cucina Tradizionale Boccadama by www.carlosmeliablog.comCucina Tradizionale Boccadama  |  Florence, Italy  |  For those that say, I only do luxury, not that I am ashamed of that AT ALL ha ha ha, but here it goes a local insider tip on the BEST Lasagna I have had in my life, at a very basic and traditional restaurant in Florence, right at Pizza Santa Croce. Cucina Tradizionale BoccadamaContinue reading Cucina Tradizionale Boccadama

24 Hours exploring Rome

24 Hours exploring Rome by www.carlosmeliablog.com24 Hours exploring Rome   |  Rome, Italy  |  So on our last and recent visit to Italy, we arrived to Rome, and literally we had 24 hours to explore the entire city. This was not my first time there, but yes the first one reporting for my blog. So we got in touch with a local tour operator who took care of us from the minute we arrived to the airport, till the moment we left Rome, onwards to our next adventure in the Tuscan Valley and Florence. ANDIAMO Travel was the company we chose for the challenge of discovering Rome, Florence and Venice in only 6 days. After a week and a half of exploring Italy, thanks to the expert local eye, knowledge and expertise of their tour guides, we can say that we DID IT. !!!  Continue reading 24 Hours exploring Rome

Villa San Michele Florence

Villa San Michele Florence by www.carlosmeliablog.com Villa San Michele Florence |Florence, Italy |  The best of Florence away from Florence. Locate in Fiesole, just 15 minutes away from the center of Florence, a former monastery nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees and terrace gardens, this luxury boutique hotel enjoys unparalleled views across Florence. Fiesole, one of Florence’s most scenic regions, Villa San Michele overlooks the historic city and the Arno Valley below. A 15th-century national monument, Villa San Michele is a work of art in itself. Frescoes and ancient carvings decorate its rooms, while its formal Italian gardens are a delightful retreat. Sit on a private terrace surrounded by woodland, birdsong and the cypress-studded Chianti hills. Superb Tuscan cuisine and fine wines are served on a beautiful alfresco loggia. And yet the treasures of Florence are close at hand. Experience all the elegance of Italy’s great history and culture, while enjoying the ambience of a private home.  Continue reading Villa San Michele Florence

Il Palagio at Four Seasons Firenze

Il Palagio at Four Seasons Firenze by www.carlosmelaiblog.comIl Palagio at Four Seasons Firenze  |  Florence, Italy  |  Dinner last night at Il Palagio by Four Seasons Florence with Rubin, was just P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N. I would call it comfortably elegant, a true gourmet experience for all senses. From the moment you walk into the Palazzo della Gherardesca, you get a sense of place, a sanctuary of sophistication and high class. Located in Borgo Pinti, only 10 minutes away from our hotel the Villa San Michele. This Michelin-starred restaurant by Executive Chef Vito Mollica and his professional team, captures the magic of Florence – authentic Italian cuisine, superb wines and an exquisite indoor-outdoor setting. Exceptional local offerings, food that’s meant to be savoured with our equally outstanding wine list – more than 400 exquisite wines, including 50 served by the glass. Inventive and authentic, stylish but relaxed, Il Palagio offers one of the most memorable dining experiences and settings of all the restaurants in FlorenceContinue reading Il Palagio at Four Seasons Firenze

Away in Italy for the next few days

Exploring Rome by Andiamo Travel Tours by www.carlosmeliablog.comAway in Italy for the next few days  |  Italy  | Dear followers and friends, I will be away in Italy along with my partner Rubin Singer, touring around Rome, Florence and Venice on a well deserved holidays for both of us. Of course I cannot help myself and I will be sharing and reporting everything. I wont be posting much here at CarlosMeliaBlog.com during this week, but you may follow my instant posts at CarlosMeliaBlog instagram or CarlosMeliaBlog Facebook Profile. Hope you enjoy our journey. Here just a few photos of our first day exploring Rome on an excellent private tour by Andiamo Travel. Private Mercedes-Benz Car + Driver + Expert Connoisseur Roman Guide.  Continue reading Away in Italy for the next few days

SEP/OCT13 Jet-Setting the World

SEP/OCT13 Jet-Setting the World

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SEP/OCT13 Jet-Setting the World | SEP/OCT 2013 my next two month jet- setting around the world covering the world of Luxury Travel and Hospitality. Stay tuned to my Instagram. NewYork to/from LasVegas for YLC and LTX 2013, MEXICO RivieraMaya ARGENTINA BuenosAires ITALY w/ Rubin Singer Rome Florence Venice SCOTLAND Edinburgh ENGLAND London. Carlos Melia curating the world of Luxury Travel & Lifestyle by experience. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

(*) Sponsor Airlines: Delta Airlines (Business Class) + American Airlines + GermanWings

 

Las Vegas: Young Leaders Conference + Luxury Travel Exchange 2013 + The Venitian Hotel
Mexico: ILTM Americas + Rosewood Mayakoba
Italy: The First Luxury Hotel + Hassler Hotel + Villa San Michelle + Four Seasons Firenze + Hotel Cipriani + The Gritti Palace + Westin Europe & Regina.
Scotland: Nira Caledonia + The Balmoral + The Royal Scotsman Orient Express Train
UK: The Goring Hotel

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The Royal Scotsman by Orient-Express Trains

The Royal Scotsman by Orient-Express Trains  |  Orient-Express  |  OMG !!!! I am BEYOND excited to announce that I have just been confirmed by Orient-Express Trains, to join them on the The Royal Scotsman experience on a journey from/to Edinburgh in traditional style and elegant comfort, unparalleled way to explore the very best of Scotland and the Highlands. Getting my Tuxedo ready. Four fabulous nights in the heart of the Highlands: The Royal Scotsman Classic Journey leads past mountains, castles and romantic coastlines to some of Scotland’s most scenic landscapes. This will be my fourth Orient Express Train around the world. SOOO EXCITED!!!! Thank you Orient-Express and Delta Airlines. More to come and all to be posted here. BTW this trip comes along with a previous visit to Italy also by Orient-Express Hotels, staying at Villa San Michele (Florence) and Hotel Cipriani (Venice) along with my partner Rubin Singer. My October 2013 is looking FABULOUS so far. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Our upcoming fall trip to Italy has been curated

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Our upcoming fall trip to Italy has been curated  |  Itineraries by Carlos Melia  | Our upcoming fall trip to Italy has been curated including destinations, #hotels and experiences. Rome, Florence,Venice, Borgo, Tuscany, Sorrento, Ravello, Capri with Rubin Singer. Planed by CarlosMeliaBlog. Soon I will be sharing sll details on hotels and else. and of course all will be featured here. Carlos Melia curating the world of Luxury Travel & Lifestyle by experience www.carlosmeliablog.com CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

(*) To book your own travel experience, do not hesitate to contact me either by email carlos@carlosmelia.com<mailto:carlos@carlosmelia.com> or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of MLGTPP, IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.
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