Secret guide to: Florence

Immerse yourself in this magically romantic city. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, lose yourself in medieval streets and discover artworks and landmarks belonging to some of the greatest thinkers in history. Intricate, magnificent churches and cathedrals like the Duomo and Basilica di Santa Croce illuminate the city in splendour, whilst Florentines sip espressos and sink into delicious aperitivo on the city’s grand piazzas. Explore …

Secret guide to: Rome

No city is quite as captivating as Rome. From the buzz of mopeds to the tempting coffee aromas that sift heavily from a host of classic espresso bars, to the startling sprawl of ancient Roman ruins that pierce the city and halt its modernity, Rome is a treasured hotbed of fervent passion and restless culture. Narrow streets uncover hidden, buzzing enotecas, whilst cosy trattorias and …

My city: Barcelona

Our ‘my city’ series puts a new perspective on some of our favourite places, as we catch up with creative residents, asking them to divulge their best kept secrets. From their recommended cheap eats, to their go-to coffee spot, there are plenty of hints and tips on how to stay like a local. We caught up with one-to-watch Alvar Ayuso Thorell – a young chef …

Nine charming small towns you need to visit in the South of France

When sunshine, incredible food and compelling landscapes call your name, add these small French towns to your must-visit list: from a hilltop spot overlooking the whole of the French Riviera to the canal-filled Venice of Provence, these underrated and lesser-known destinations promise all the trimmings of a classic Southern French getaway – minus the buzzing crowds. Èze For a quiet and scenic break away from …

Insider tips from our resident Paris experts

Paris is instantly recognisable – the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, crimson pergaloniums bobbing on Haussmann balconies. Yet past these icons lies a city brimming with diverse experiences; we spoke to our Paris experts Judy and Stephanie, who hand-pick the finest hotels in the city, to give us an inside glance at what makes the City of Lights so enthralling… Experience artistic Paris “It’s when I’m …

My city: Paris by hoteliers

Fancy escaping to Paris? Want some inspiration on what to do? We’ve asked the people who know best, those who work in our carefully selected group of Parisian hotels, for their take on what makes Paris so irresistible… Laurent Rozenbaum, Hotels en Ville group “I love having a drink onboard a boat, passing under the beautiful old bridges of the city and taking in the …

Paris: beneath the tourist trail

Go for the Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge photo-op, the Notre Dame tour and a stomp down the Champs-Élysées; but don’t dare miss some of the city’s diverse and lesser-known offerings. If you are a culture-seeker, start here; and as you round the end of the Promenade Plantée, unpick a side of Paris that some will miss on their first trip. Promenade Plantée An urban …