Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style


Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style | Venice, Italy | My visit to Amalfi Coast came to an end in Ravello. Early morning wake up, and my private car was waiting for at the front of the Belmond Hotel Caruso, to drive me to Naples Train Station to catch my Frecciarossa High-Speed train to my next destination Venice and the crowning jewel among Venice hotels, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style

Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva

Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva by www.carlosmeliablog.comExploring and Sailing Venice by Riva |  Venice. Italy  |  If there is a perfect way to explore and discover Venice, is by having your own private riva. This is an experience I enjoy very much, and try to do as long as it is available (have done this in the past in Paris along the Seine, Bath, UK on NarrowboatsBangkok, Thailand along the Chao Praya River on luxury rice barges, in Varanasi for the Ganga Arti, Istanbul along the Bosphorus, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico to the Islas Marietas… among many others worldwide. It gives you a different perspective, and without a doubt the Riva is indeed unique and sophisticated experience. As you can see I am a big fan of boats and specially private ones.  Continue reading Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva

Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi

Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi by www.carlosmeliablog.comConcerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi  |  Venice, Italy  |  What a Fantastic way to end my trip to Italy than a Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi at the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro in Venice. Once finished, I walked back to my hotel on the other side of Venice, through the dark alleys, and felt transported to another world, inspired by the Concerto. Tomorrow off to Edinburgh Scotland for a full week exploring the entire country on board the Luxury Train The Royal Scotsman by Orient-Express. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends  Continue reading Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi

Lunch at AMAN Canal Grande Venezia

Lunch at AMAN Canal Grande Venezia by www.carlosmeliablog.comLunch at AMAN Canal Grande Venezia  |  Venice, Italy  |  Today I was invited to come and see the newly inaugurated AMAN Resort in Venice, the AMAN Canal Grande. Locate only minutes away from the Ponte Rialto and the Rialto Mercato, this 24 rooms property is in the middle of everything, but still an oasis of tranquility and sophistication within the historic district. The Palazzo Papadopoli, was built in the 16th century by the architect Gian Giacomo dé Grigi. I was picked up at 11AM sharply by my own private Riva boat, and taking along the Grand Canal to the main gates of the property. This is the way all guests arrive to the hotel. Sweeping staircase rises through two levels to arrive at the reception area for the Dining Room, which overlooks the Grand Canal and serves Italian and Asian cuisines. This is situated on the piano nobile – the grandest floor of the palazzo. The main dining area is housed in the ballroom – a Rococo gilded room decorated with mirrors, frescos and the original chandeliers. The Yellow Dining Room and the Red Dining Room lie adjacent to the ballroom, with views over the Grand Canal and the resort’s Garden Terrace respectively. Of course I chose the main ballroom.  Continue reading Lunch at AMAN Canal Grande Venezia

Do Leoni Ristorante at Londra Palace

Do Leoni Ristorante at Londra Palace by www.carlosmeliablog.comDo Leoni Ristorante at Londra Palace  |  Venice, Italy  |  I am confident to say that Do Leoni was, food wise, the best gourmet experience we had on our 2013 visit to Italy. Perhaps not the most striking to the eye, compared to other restaurants we tried in Rome, Tuscany and Florence, but indeed they know how to portray and carry the Relais & Châteaux heritage, by putting together a fantastic sophisticated yet casual and friendly gourmet experience. The Maitre D was outstanding. Was a pleasure to watch Samuel Baston, 1st Maitre d’Hotel Sommelier, and all his staff, work their art, which you could tell they feel beyond proud off. The ‘Do Leoni’, which renders homage to the symbols of England and Venice, is the pride of the Londra Palace, and outside guests are also welcome.  Continue reading Do Leoni Ristorante at Londra Palace

Venezia seen from the Vaporetto and Bridge

Venezia seen from the Vaporetto and Bridge |  Venezia, Italy |  This morning I woke up and browsing through my Facebook feeder, I saw the pictures of my dear friend Michael in Venezia (Venice). It brought me so many memories from my trip last year to this magical city that I combined with Firenze and Verona, that I decided to write this short post to show you some videos and photos. Continue reading Venezia seen from the Vaporetto and Bridge