Calling All Carat Collectors: 3 Diamond Destinations For Geezers & Gals

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, London, Roman Artisans, United Kingdom, Worldwide Vacation

diamond destinations: Rome

Diamond destination: Jewellery In Rome

They’re a girl’s best friend, they’re forever, and they’re timeless. You find diamonds appearing everywhere in our language as well as our jewellery boxes; they’re ‘in the rough’ as well as on the soles of your shoes.

They’re the only precious stones which have had world famous slogans invented about them and to which countless well-known terms and phrases lead back through history.

The world has always been fascinated with diamonds – but if you’re fascinated with the world, here are 3 diamond destinations to which you should travel to see jewels shine bright.

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend In Cortina, Italy For Skiers & Non Skiers

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Dolomites, Europe, Italy, Veneto, Weekend Shortcut, Worldwide Vacation

weekend in Cortina

Weekend Shortcuts are complete guides to weekends away, written specifically to help you enjoy a perfect mini break without needing to do any additional research. 

This weekend shortcut tells you EVERYTHING you need to know to plan a perfect weekend in the town they call the Queen of the Dolomites; Cortina d’Ampezzo, in Northern Italy.

Despite being best known as a world class ski destination, I’ll show you a fun filled weekend of culture, art, shopping, history and good food.

And while snow bunnies visiting in Winter can add in skiing, snowshoeing or other mountain pursuits, non skiers (like me) or summer visitors will have plenty to keep them entertained.

The guide is particularly perfect if you’re part of a couple where one skis or snowboards and the other does not

Find Your Sea Legs With These 4 Marvellous Maritime Museums

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, Opinion, Sweden, USA, Worldwide Vacation

Boat in Genoa's Porto Antico

A boat in Genoa’s old port

Let’s face it the idea of visiting maritime museums on your travels could make you feel a little bit sea sick.

I love all kinds of museums and galleries, and have been to plenty with nautical themes, but I have to admit that while some are leagues ahead of the competition and give you a fantastic insight into travel by boat others make you want to bail when you find your interest levels sinking fast.

So while I’m no more of a salty sea dog than the average traveller, I find life on – and under – the ocean strangely fascinating.

So if you’re into sailing and want to fit some mu-SEA-ums into your travels (sorry!) here are some ideas…

Hidden Artisans of Rome: The Restoration Game

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Italy, Roman Artisans, Shopping

Art restoration Rome

An art restorer at Pavia Restauro Studio at work

Imagine trying to get job satisfaction when the best testament to the skill of your work is no-one having a clue you’ve done anything at all.

This bizarre ideal is, I learn while meeting a husband and wife art restoration team in Rome, the ultimate goal within the intense world of fine art conservation

Diamond *Experts* Are A Girl’s Best Friend: A 7 Step Guide To Diamond Buying

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, Roman Artisans, Shopping, Worldwide Vacation

The perfect engagement ring

The perfect engagement ring?

It’s like a dream come true for a girl to visit not just one but 12 Italian jewellery stores and learn about gem stones, design and precious metals from classically trained Roman jewellers.

It’s even more perfect when these happen to be Rome’s best hand-crafted jewellery boutiques, all on the official list of the 28 best shops in Rome.

So when this recently engaged girl went shopping for a ring in Rome she asked a lot of questions about diamonds: such as what to look out for and what to avoid.

If you’re thinking of buying a diamond or gem stone ring, necklace or any other form of precious jewellery, don’t even think about making a purchase until you’ve read this Italian guide to diamond buying and soaked up the wisdom of one of Rome’s premier jewellers…

It’s Official: These Are The 28 Best Shops In Rome

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Italy, Roman Artisans, Shopping

Roman Artisans

Rome

Italy is of course famous for food, but its cities are also celebrated for iconic fashion, classic style and luxurious shopping.

So when I was asked to spend a weekend in Italy, meet the 28 best artisans in the Eternal City, and visit the best shops in Rome, it was an invitation I was unlikely to turn down.

Here’s what you need to know if your travels take you to Rome and you’d like to indulge in some serious shopping in some secret and special spots…

Hidden Artisans Of Rome: Dante’s Celebrity Inferno

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, Roman Artisans, Shopping, Worldwide Vacation

Dante Mortet

Dante fires up yet another celebrity hand

He’s shaken the hands of every celebrity you can think of from Quentin Tarantino, Robert De Niro and Angelica Houston to Kirk Douglas, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Samuel L. Jackson – the list goes on.

But unlike the average fan, Dante Mortet has gone on to make bronze sculptures of those very hands, becoming one of the Hollywood elite’s favourite artists in the process. 

This Roman craftsman is a sixth generation Italian sculptor whose family began making chalices for the Pope 120 years ago.

So from the old gods of Christianity to the new saints of celebrity, when it comes to making something precious out of molten metal, this Dante’s Inferno is the real deal.

Step inside for an access all areas pass to a truly hidden part of Rome

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Tuscan Wine…But Were Afraid To Cask

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Italy, Opinion

Wines in Tuscany

Tuscan wine in Siena

Ticking some New Year’s Resolutions off the list in record time feels fantastic, and one item in particular – to spend some time in Italy this year – is already in the booking stages. And it’s only January 7th. That’s got to be a record.

Yes, at the risk of sounding like a bit of a lush, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day raising a glass and saying Ti Amo in Italia with one of the loves of my life: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

So to celebrate, I decided to share everything I have ever learned about Tuscan wine, and a few recommendations should your travels ever take you to enjoy a taste of Tuscany