A Nice Little Mess in Montisi

A few weeks ago, under clear blue skies, I was on my way from Montalcino to Perugia when the fancy of a good Italian coffee insidiously took me. I decided to make a stop in Montisi, a lovely village which I hadn’t visited in ages.

I was strolling down Montisi’s main street, heading towards the bar I had made out from a distance, when I got sidetracked by a little shop on my right. Atop the entrance I could read the words Macelleria Casini – “macelleria” being the Italian word for “butcher’s shop”. Not a single chunk of fresh meat was displayed in the window, though; just a colourful kaleidoscope of printed textiles.

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Architecturally Yours

Are you, dear reader, a candid Instagram addict like me? If so, you must have seen – perhaps even reposted ? – a photograph of an indoor swimming pool which, by now, is probably familiar to millions of people around the world. This picture appears in the “slideshow” just above this article.

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Italian Porcelain Art at its Peak

My friends were stealing a glance at me with a quizzical eyebrow. I know what they were thinking deep down inside, especially their two teenage kids: “You’re really taking us to a porcelain museum, Katharina? Are you sure it’s worth the detour?… Are you in your right mind?…”

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Our New Exciting Adventure in Venice (2)

A few weeks ago, as you may remember, I started to tell you about the three outstanding apartments which we will soon be adding to our Trust&Travel rental catalogue. These three gems lie within the historic precincts of the Ca’nova Palazzo, a sumptuous building looking onto Venice’s Grand Canal and the Punta della Dogana.

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Our New Exciting Adventure in Venice (1)

Even though we still have to give the project the finishing touches, I can no longer wait to share this with you. We’ll soon be adding to our rental catalogue three beautiful apartments which open out their spacious rooms inside the Ca’nova historical Palazzo, an exceptional building looking onto Venice’s Grand Canal.

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The Right Move at the Right Time

I am so excited about our new Trust&Travel Paris offices that I thought I’d tell you a little bit about them in this week’s article. Continue Reading →

Tiepolos in the Plural

“You are going to love the place, I told my sister, after my brother and I picked her up at the Venice airport.
–        I’m sure I will, she replied. Judging from the pictures I’ve seen…
–        And speaking of pictures, you’ll see, the rooms of the villa are covered with actual Tiepolos!
–        With actual what? she asked me, a little lost.
–        With frescoes by Tiepolo, Giambattista Tiepolo, the famous Italian painter!?” Continue Reading →

My Idea of a Lovely Hotel – The Hotel Palazzo Guadagni in Florence

A room with a view… This is what I would like to share with you this week: a room with a view which I had fantasized about for years before discovering it, at long last. Continue Reading →

Palazzo Bo in Padua – designed by Giò Ponti

This week’s topic is once again related to a “rare” item I purchased for a song many years ago. Not at a flea market this time, but at a charity sale. A set of six modernist dining room chairs which I bought for the equivalent of 15 euros – the whole set! I was absolutely delighted. Continue Reading →

The Café without doors – Pedrocchi in Padua

This must have happened to you too… One day, your eye is for the first time caught by a very peculiar house, shop or façade, and you think to yourself: “Gee, I’ve walked past this thing a hundred times and never noticed it before!?” Continue Reading →


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