The next stop on our Global Traveller tour takes us to one of Italy's most romantic regions. Here, our Creative Director of Womenswear Sheila McKain-Waid tells us how it inspired some of our chicest new arrivals…

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Where to Eat: Oreade

Nestled in the hills of the tiny village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro ‒ hidden down medieval cobbled streets ‒ is the breath-taking Monteverdi hotel and, inside, its superb restaurant. Headed up by Chef Giancarla Bodoni (formerly of Miami-based restaurant Escopazzo), the menu champions farm-to-table dishes plated up without pretention. Think buttery ravioli filled with sage and squash, slow braised lamb belly and homemade ice cream. The spectacular hillside view is just a bonus.


Where to Stay: Soprarno Suites

You will find this lovely little boutique B&B in the heart of Oltrarno ‒ just a few minutes' walk from Ponte Vecchio. Housed in a beautiful sixteenth century building, its charm lies in its characterful (and luxurious) rooms designed by Betty Soldi and Matteo Perduca: owners of an equally charming boutique just around the corner. Here, vintage Tuscan design happily co-exists with modern amenities, striking just the right balance between the old and the new. Perfection.


What to See: Uffizi Gallery

Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci: just a few reasons why this is one of the world's most famous museums (and Italy's most visited after the Vatican museums). Set in the heart of Florence, its impressive collection spans centuries ‒ focussing heavily on the periods between the 12th and 17th. In short? A Renaissance art lovers dream. Top tip: pre-book your tickets to avoid the queues ‒ you won't regret it.
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