Florence

FrontRunners September 2014: TRAVEL

A Star is Born Even without its Hollywood connections, the Brando (www.thebrando.com) would be generating plenty of buzz. Set within French Polynesia’s Tetiaroa atoll—which the actor Marlon Brando purchased in 1967 after filming Mutiny on the Bounty in the area—the private-island retreat opened in July as the region’s most luxurious new resort, with 35 thatched […]

A Tuscan Visit with a Bocelli Performance

From the olive groves and rolling vineyards that surround its stone walls to the Rubelli silks and Carrara marble that fill its rooms, Hotel Castello di Casole is perhaps Tuscany’s most authentic escape. So overwhelming is its Italian-ness that if you close your eyes and listen closely, you can almost hear the sounds of La […]

Villa Le Rose

The aura of the Italian Renaissance pervades Villa Le Rose, one of the luxurious properties in the Ferragamo family’s Lungarno Collection. Here in the 15th century, Marchese Niccolò Tomaso Antinori, a forebear of the noted winemaking clan, chose a serene location in the rolling green hills on the southern outskirts of Florence for his Tuscan […]

Best of the Best 2012: Golf Courses: Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club

Unveiled last june in what designer Tom Weiskopf calls “one of most beautiful settings I have ever seen,” the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club (+39.0577.1913001, http://www.castigliondelbosco.com) adds a first-rate championship course to the many allures of the Tuscan countryside. Weiskopf artfully stitched the course through a patchwork of ancient vineyards on a 4,500-acre wine estate […]

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