Milan travel – Travel Italy Hotel Mon, 20 Jun 2022 13:52:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Milan travel – Travel Italy Hotel 32 32 Inter Milan confirm double transfer for Mkhitaryan and Onana and reveal Lukaku and Dybala are in the works Mon, 20 Jun 2022 13:52:27 +0000

INTER MILAN have revealed they have signed Andre Onana and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and confirmed the club are interested in both Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala.

The Italian giants’ CEO Giuseppe Marotta has opened up on Inter’s transfer activities in an interview with Radio Rai.


Andre Onana won three league titles at AjaxCredit: Getty
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has controversially rejected the possibility of staying at Roma in favor of a move to Inter Milan


Henrikh Mkhitaryan has controversially rejected the possibility of staying at Roma in favor of a move to Inter MilanCredit: Getty
Paulo Dybala said an emotional goodbye to Juventus fans after their last game of the season


Paulo Dybala said an emotional goodbye to Juventus fans after their last game of the seasonCredit: Getty
Romelu Lukaku's desires to return to Inter have been expressed many times


Romelu Lukaku’s desires to return to Inter have been expressed many timesCredit: Reuters

He said: “I can confirm that we have signed Andre Onana and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on free transfers, both deals are done.”

Onana, an Ajax goalkeeper, has only made ten appearances all season for the Eredivsie champions due to a doping ban.

He received a ban for taking furosemide, although Ajax claimed it was in the 26-year-old’s system after he mistakenly took his wife’s medication.

Mkhitaryan will make the switch across Italy to join Inter after spending the last three campaigns at Roma.

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The former Arsenal and Manchester United attacking midfielder won the Conference League last season and was a big part of Jose Mourinho’s side playing 41 times scoring five goals.

The Armenian has snubbed a new deal at Roma in favor of a move to Inter.

In his interview, Marotta also revealed that the Nerazzurri are pushing hard to sign Dybala and Lukaku this summer.

Dybala is a free agent having been released from Juventus after scoring ten times last season.


The possibility of bringing Lukaku back to San Siro is under consideration, the Belgian is said to be unhappy with Chelsea.

Marotta said: “Lukaku and Dybala are our targets.

“It’s a feasible path [re-signing Lukaku], but there are some difficulties and we have to assess if there is a chance to make it happen. We will not announce Lukaku’s return today.

“We have to consider financial matters.

“We are in talks with these two players and we will be happy if we sign them. If not, we will consider different targets.

“The player alone is not important, what matters is the group and it’s already a solid team.”

The Inter chief then confirmed that Milan Skriniar is set to leave the club this summer, but Lautaro Martinez is seen as a ‘fundamental’ part of the squad.

Tied at three atop the East in MLS after NYRB win, Union draw Sun, 19 Jun 2022 07:45:53 +0000

New York RB momentarily secured a three-way tie at the top of MLS’s Eastern Conference, beating Toronto FC 2-0 on Saturday.

Goals from Lewis Morgan and Luquin secured all three points for NYRB, with Morgan scoring his seventh of the season, heading in from a corner just in the second minute.

Luquin secured all three points in the 56th minute, smashing Quentin Westberg in spectacular fashion from outside the penalty area after Tom Barlow was initially denied in a one-on-one.

With just one win in their previous six games, the three points were essential for Gerhard Struber’s side.

The Philadelphia Union could only get a 1-1 draw at home to Cincinnati, meaning they join New York on 26 points in the Eastern Conference lead, but City still have to play Sunday against the Colorado Rapids.

A brace from Ercan Kara helped Orlando City move into fourth in the East, coming back from Wednesday’s draw in New England to beat Houston Dynamo 2-1.

They edged out CF Montreal, who lost 1-0 to ten-man Austin FC after Maxi Urruti’s 67th-minute goal.

Elsewhere in the East, Chicago Fire beat DC United 1-0 in the battle between the conference’s lowest-ranked teams, while Columbus Crew and Charlotte played out a 1-1 draw.

There have also been stalemates at the top of the Western Conference, with Los Angeles FC and the Seattle Sounders drawing 1-1, as well as the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Portland Timbers.

That allowed Real Salt Lake to take two points away from LAFC, following their 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes in Saturday’s final game.

Salt Lake captain Marcelo Silva opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after Jefferson Savarino kicked in from a corner, and Savarino doubled the margin in the 81st with a fine solo effort.

The Vancouver Whitecaps stayed within reach of Western playoff berths, beating FC Dallas 2-0.

Foscarini Acquires Ingo Maurer, Designer Birdhouses Takes Over Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and More News Fri, 17 Jun 2022 18:56:46 +0000

Christie’s makes its Aspen debut

Auction giant Christie’s has savored a fruitful 20-year relationship with the posh resort town of Aspen, whether in the form of film screenings or art collector dinners. These connections have now spawned an official downtown Christie’s outpost which opened on June 16 and will close for the season in September. The two-story, 2,635-square-foot building was first designed as a gallery for Marianne Boesky by Selldorf Architects (the studio also managed Christie’s new 20 Rock galleries in New York) in 2017, displaying concrete floors polished, a terrace and an outdoor sculpture garden. “We are delighted that the space we have designed continues to be used as an exhibition space for modern and contemporary art,” says Annabelle Selldorf, founding director of Selldorf Architects. “In renovating and expanding the original 1886 cabin, we wanted to create a welcoming place for all members of Aspen’s vibrant community with windows to the street and abundant daylight and views.”

Vivrelle unveils its New York flagship

Through Vivrelle, the premium rental service founded by Blake and Wayne Geffen, members can borrow a slew of designer handbags, jewelry and watches. In the brand’s newly opened 14,000 square foot showroom and salon in New York’s NoMad neighborhood, courtesy of local designer Hilary Matt, they can personally try out the rotating assortment of products before chatting over cocktails. concocted at the lively bar. To ensure the glitzy merchandise remains the centerpiece, Matt opted for a neutral palette enlivened by glamorous pops of pink.

In the news

AIA New York awards $10,000 to rising BIPOC architects

To help champion much-needed diversity in architecture, AIA New York inaugurated its 2030 Fund, established by 2021 Chapter President Kenneth A. Lewis in collaboration with the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Designed to support NOMA’s 2030 Challenge, which is working to double the number of licensed black architects in the United States by the end of the decade, the fund provided six winners with $10,000 to help them repay their debilitating student loans. The recipients, who identify as Black, Native American or Latinx, are all serious about pursuing careers in architecture and, along with the financial increase, they will take free ARE prep classes and meet with mentors quarterly.

In memory

Beloved design publicist Susan Becher has passed away

Susan Becher, a pioneering force in design-related public relations and a valued presence on the New York design scene for decades, died on June 3. Becher started his namesake business in 1982. His first client was Sam Flax, the once-ubiquitous destination. for art and office supplies. Over the next 35 years, she worked with a constellation of the industry’s top designers and brands, a heavyweight list that included Victoria Hagan, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Thomas Jayne, Cassina, Boffi, Marimekko and Waterworks, among many others. She has also championed a wide range of businesses and institutions through pro bono work and old-fashioned activism, including Alpha Workshops, the nation’s first nonprofit organization dedicated to Decorative Arts and Employment Education for Adults with Disabilities, which was founded by Ken Wampler. in 1995 in response to the AIDS epidemic. Beyond her creditable career achievements, Becher will be remembered for her extraordinary generosity of spirit, quick wit and humor, her mentorship of young talent (with an emphasis on building up women in the workplace ) and a fierce intelligence that allowed him to place design in a broader context of changing social, cultural and political trends.

Israeli ‘road charging’ start-up is well on its way to a project at Bergamo Airport in Milan Thu, 16 Jun 2022 02:08:44 +0000

Israeli company Electreon, whose technology is embedded in roads to allow electric vehicles to recharge their batteries while traveling, is on track to design a lane for shuttles and service vehicles at Bergamo Airport in Milan, the company said in a statement.

The project was wrapped up Friday at an event to officially launch a one-kilometer (0.62-mile) charging circuit that Electreon has been testing in Brescia, northern Italy, since November 2020.

The launch brought together Italian ministers and senior executives from vehicle, infrastructure and technology companies.

Staff at Bergamo Airport in Milan are due to test their vehicles on the prototype road, Arena of the Future, and if all goes to plan the airport will move towards a commercial deal with Electreon to create an electric lane on the airport tarmac.

According to a press release from Electreon, luxury car company Maserati also said it wants to test its electric vehicles at the Arena, with a view to acquiring the technology at its factories.

The road prototype was built following the signing in October 2020 of a memorandum of understanding between Electreon and the Italian toll road infrastructure company, Societa’ di Progetto Brebemi SpA. The purpose of the MoU is to integrate the company’s wireless electric road system into infrastructure projects in Italy.

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the Arena of the Future, a demonstration electric charging road created in Brescia, northern Italy, by Israeli start-up Electreon. (Electreon)

At Friday’s event, Francesco Bettoni, president of the A35 toll motorway, known as BreBeMi, outlined the company’s vision to integrate Electreon’s technology into a stretch of road from Bergamo to Torino.

Solar fields are to be built along the road to power the system in a renewable way.

“Europe has clearly stated its objectives for the transition to sustainable transport. We are ready for the commercial phase of Arena of the Future technology,” Bettoni said.

He added: “I am happy to say that there is great interest in the technology and we are receiving inquiries from many local authorities interested in integrating the technology into intercity roads.

Aiming to reduce air pollution, the electric route removes the need for charging stations. According to the Electreon website, a system of copper coils are laid under the asphalt to transfer energy from the electrical grid to the road and to manage communication with approaching vehicles. Receivers are installed on the floor of vehicles to transmit power directly to the engine and battery while the vehicles are in motion. Communication with all management units and registered vehicles is done via cloud technology.

The system enables smaller batteries on electric buses, freeing up more room for passengers, uses existing roads and saves time as vehicles do not have to stop to recharge or refuel.

An electric bus and an electric Fiat 500 test the circuit of Arena of the Future, a demonstration electric charging route created in Brescia, northern Italy, by Israeli start-up Electreon. (Electreon)

At Friday’s event, a Fiat 500 electric car traveling at a speed of 84 kilometers (52 miles) per hour around the track started with a 22% charged battery and finished with a 48% charge.

An IVECO bus traveling up to 60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour also ended up with an increased load.

Electreon has many projects across Europe and in the United States.

In Israel, it is partnering with the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and the Dan Bus Company on a large-scale commercial deployment of its wireless charging infrastructure to power electric buses.

Last year, Electreon was one of four Israeli companies to feature on TIME magazine’s annual “100 Best Inventions” list.

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The most popular travel-inspired baby names in the UK shared by a new study Tue, 14 Jun 2022 13:14:46 +0000

New research has revealed the most popular travel-inspired baby names in the UK – from Milan and India to Chester.

Naming your baby is an incredibly personal decision that will literally last a lifetime. While traditionally many parents have named their children after close family members, loved ones or even prominent historical figures and celebrities, recent years have seen parents get a little more creative when they think of potential baby names.

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Bounce’s research analyzed baby name data from the last 20 years to find out which travel destinations around the world spark inspiration for baby names.

The ten big names travel inspired baby names for boys in the UK arrived as follows:

  1. Chester – 3,410 boys’ first names

  2. Preston – 3,082 boys’ first names

  3. Phoenix – 2,738 boys’ first names

  4. Milano – 1,947 boys’ first names

  5. Orlando – 1,102 boys’ first names

  6. Israel – 1015 boy names

  7. Cairo – 969 boy names

  8. Rome – 562 boy names

  9. Sydney- 531 boy names

  10. Caspian 531 boy names

Chester is the most popular travel-related baby name for boys in the UK. Despite being a small town in the North West of England, Chester’s quaint and attractive appearance makes it a popular destination for many Britons and has clearly left a good impression, with 3,410 babies bearing the name of the city.

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In second place is the city of Preston. In the UK, no less than 3,082 babies were called Preston between 2000 and 2020.

Meanwhile, the top 10 travel-inspired baby names for girls in the UK have arrived as follows:

  1. Florence – 21,962 girl names

  2. Skye – 11,456 girl names

  3. India – 6,158 girl names

  4. Paris – 3,371 female first names

  5. Sydney- 3,251 girl names

  6. mali – 1,315 female first names

  7. dakota – 1,214 female first names

  8. Phoenix – 1,140 female first names

  9. Ocean – 1,000 girl names

  10. Vienna – 998 girl names

Florence is the most popular travel-inspired baby name for girls in the UK, with 21,962 girls named after the Italian city. Florence is a beautiful city full of exquisite architecture, impressive sculptures and numerous museums.

The second most popular travel baby name for girls in the UK is Skye, with 11,456 girls receiving the name. The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s most popular holiday destinations.

]]> Will the fast fashion juggernaut ever slow down? Sun, 12 Jun 2022 12:30:00 +0000

What inflation?

  • Boohoo and H&M Group announce quarterly sales this week
  • Rivals Inditex and Uniqlo said last week that sales and profits were up as they were able to raise prices without canceling demand
  • Shein continues to gain ground on category incumbents, although Chinese brand growth reportedly slows

Inflation should be the kryptonite of fast fashion. Even by industry standards, these brands operate on low margins and their customers have the least ability to absorb higher prices. And yet, the biggest players in the category seem to be thriving. Both Uniqlo and Inditex posted booming growth last week, with the latter reporting increased e-commerce sales and its highest gross margins in a decade. It seems consumers are still opting for fast fashion as they look to refresh their post-pandemic wardrobe.

The two fast fashion giants who announced their results this week have been on shaky ground lately. Boohoo doesn’t have the global clout of Uniqlo or Inditex, and last month warned for the fourth time in a year that sales would be disappointing. Scale isn’t an issue at H&M, but the retailer has not recovered from a boycott by some customers in China following the company’s criticism of human rights abuses in Xinjiang. The wildcard for all of these companies is Shein, which is still stealing market share, albeit at a slower pace. The private equity-backed giant could have an opportunity to attract more customers as its listed rivals, which come under greater pressure to meet quarterly sales and profit targets, raise prices.

The essential : As Missguided’s failure shows, differentiation matters more than ever, even in fast fashion. If you’re going to charge higher prices, you need to convince customers that the clothes are worth it.

The moment in men’s fashion

  • London Men’s Week runs until June 13; Wales Bonner shows at Pitti Uomo on June 14; Milan Men’s Week starts June 17
  • More and more brands are presenting men’s collections separately, reversing a trend of recent years
  • Separate shows reflect booming menswear sales, including lucrative accessories such as shoulder bags

This week kicks off nearly a month of menswear shows in London, Florence, Milan and Paris. Not so long ago, the relevance of menswear weeks was questioned, with some brands opting to include menswear in collections shown in February and September rather than holding separate shows in January and July. This trend is now going in the opposite direction, with brands such as Celine and Gucci showcasing menswear collections in the coming weeks. The new emphasis on men’s runways reflects the strong sales of these collections as shopping occasions like weddings and the resumption of travel, and as luxury casualwear categories like sneakers and small bags are mainstreaming, absorbing spending that was previously spent on office apparel categories like suits and ties. Zegna has built its entire rebranding strategy around this idea. He closes the week in his nature reserve outside Milan.

The essential: The integration of the shoulder bag is an example of how catwalk trends can turn into lucrative merchandising strategies, as it offers luxury brands a long-awaited new market for the most important accessories category.

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Korean Air to resume flights to Las Vegas, Milan and Vienna Sat, 11 Jun 2022 01:11:55 +0000

Korean Air has announced plans to resume several long-haul routes next month, “to meet post-pandemic international travel demand.”

On July 1, the carrier will resume flights from Seoul Incheon to Milan and Vienna, with both routes initially operating three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

This will be followed by a thrice-weekly service from Seoul Incheon to Las Vegas beginning July 10, again operating Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The timetables for these routes can be viewed in the table below.

In addition, Korean Air announces that it will increase its existing Incheon-Heathrow service to five flights per week from June 27.

The carrier said it would “continue to scale up operations by gradually resuming suspended routes.”

This decision follows the easing of travel restrictions in South Korea, with report that unvaccinated visitors no longer need to be quarantined upon arrival, adding that restrictions on opening hours and flight numbers at Incheon International Airport have also been lifted.

Destination Date Flight days Program

Malpensa International Airport

1/7 Wednesday,



Incheon → Milan 1340 1955

Milan → Incheon 2200 1615+1




Incheon → Vienna 1100 1710

Vienna → Incheon 1840 1250+1


Harry Reid International Airport

10/7 Incheon → Las Vegas 1410 1010

Las Vegas → Incheon 1210 1740+1

Four Seasons arrives in Venice: expands its Italian portfolio with the iconic Hotel Danieli Mon, 06 Jun 2022 21:15:21 +0000

WHY IT RATES: The historic Hotel Danieli, which dates back to the 14th century and offers unparalleled proximity to some of Venice’s most famous landmarks, will reopen in 2025 as a Four Seasons hotel after the completion of extensive renovations, which will preserve the glorious architecture of the property’s Gothic style, art and antiques. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Editor

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, a leader in luxury hospitality, and Gruppo Statuto, one of Italy’s leading hotel development companies, announce that Four Seasons will assume management of the historic Hotel Danieli. After extensive renovations, the property will re-introduce as Hotel Danieli, Venezia, A Four Seasons Hotel in 2025.

Located in the Riva degli Schiavoni area of ​​Venice, along the Grand Canal, next to Piazza San Marco, the hotel consists of three buildings: the 14th-century Palazzo Dandolo and two 19th-century additions connected by bridges – Palazzo Casa Nuova and Palazzo Danieli Excelsior. The rich heritage of Hotel Danieli is on display throughout the property, showcased in beautifully preserved Venetian Gothic-style architecture, as well as art and antiques from throughout the property’s history.

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“Italy is a popular and important destination for luxury travelers, and we have capitalized on the strength of this market with property improvements and incredible new additions to our portfolio – many in collaboration with our long-standing partners, Gruppo Statuto,” said Bart Carnahan, president, global business development and portfolio management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “With Hotel Danieli, we add another iconic property to our Italian portfolio, where we will honor the historic legacy of this Venetian landmark while bringing the exceptional experience of Four Seasons service to one of Italy’s most popular destinations. ‘Italy.”

Venice is a globally important tourist market, famous for its art, culture and architecture. The city is also known for its unique geography, as it is built on an archipelago of hundreds of islands, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, connected by bridges and canals. Travelers explore the city by water or on foot, allowing them to enjoy extraordinary sights and attractions at every turn.

“Hotel Danieli is a renowned and historic property in Venice, and we are confident that our partnership with Four Seasons will help the hotel enter its next chapter, maintaining the level of quality and excellence that guests have come to expect from hotel,” says Giuseppe Statuto, owner of Gruppo Statuto. “With Four Seasons, our properties in Milan and Taormina have enjoyed great success, and Hotel Danieli will perfectly complement these world-class experiences that are unmatched in Italy.”

Hotel Danieli has a long history of being one of the most luxurious hotels in Venice with an ideal location in the heart of the city. Guests will be a short walk from a myriad of attractions, including the market stalls in St. Mark’s Square, gondola rides along the canal, and St. Mark’s Basilica.

Guests will be immersed in the splendor of the property from the start of their stay, enjoying a unique arrival experience by boat via the Grand Canal. The rooms offer an exceptional view of the Grand Canal, the surrounding city and the bay of Venice. The property also has four restaurants and bars, which also boast gorgeous views, as well as seven meeting and event spaces.

The hotel will undergo extensive renovations before reopening as a Four Seasons experience, with renowned designer Pierre-Yves Rochon overseeing the interiors. Rochon has worked on several other historic Four Seasons properties in Europe, including Florence, Paris, Cap-Ferrat and Megève. During the renovation period, the establishment will remain open with certain services and facilities available. During this period, the hotel will be operated and managed by Gruppo Statuto as The Hotel Danieli, Venezia.

Upon reopening as a Four Seasons experience in 2025, Hotel Danieli, Venezia, A Four Seasons Hotel, will join the growing collection of Four Seasons properties in Italy, including the Four Seasons Hotel Milano, which recently underwent extensive renovations to its common areas; Hotel Four Seasons Florence; San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel; and an upcoming seaside resort in Puglia.

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Disruption and delays at UK airports as outward and return flights are canceled | Travel & leisure Sat, 04 Jun 2022 22:33:00 +0000

Travelers returning to the UK at the end of the half-term holiday – and those trying to leave – faced another day of disruption and long delays on Saturday.

Twenty-five departures and 22 arrivals from Gatwick Airport have been cancelled, affecting at least 7,000 passengers.

A Gatwick spokesperson said the disruption was largely due to departures not leaving and therefore unable to return.

Bad weather across Europe means air traffic control restrictions have been imposed on airspace across the continent,” they said.

“This is causing delays and is the reason for some of the cancellations. Many UK airports will be affected by this.

The vast majority of Gatwick cancellations were on Saturday, including easyJet flights to and from Amsterdam, Milan, Nice and Seville. British Airways and Wizz Air flights were also reportedly cancelled.

The spokesperson said there were no significant queues at the airport.

At Bristol airport, where passengers were pictured in queues described as horrendous on Friday, easyJet canceled flights to Berlin, Biarritz, Nice and Prague, according to the Independent. The carrier said earlier it canceled at least 30 services on Saturday.

A spokesman said on Saturday: ‘EasyJet will operate around 1,700 flights carrying around a quarter of a million customers each day over the bank holiday weekend, with a small proportion canceled early either last week or overnight. and [customers] informed of their options to rebook or receive a refund.

“Airlines continue to operate in a challenging environment, including with air traffic control restrictions in place today at London Gatwick and issues with ground operations at several airports, including Amsterdam, where the airport has asked airlines to cancel some flights today.

“As a result, a small portion of additional flights may be disrupted today.

“We fully understand the inconvenience this will have caused our customers and we are truly sorry.”

Pregnant soon-to-be traveler Faye Osmund-Smith said she and her family had booked flights through Tui but were stuck at Gatwick Airport on Saturday ‘with no updates other than our canceled flight 14 minutes before the record”.

@TUIUK you left us stranded at Gatwick airport with no update other than our canceled flight 14 minutes before check-in! I can’t talk to anyone… not well enough. What are you going to do?

— Floss Smith-Griffiths (@FlossGriffiths) June 4, 2022

She said on Saturday: ‘I am traveling with my partner, two 12 year olds, a 16 and 17 year old and I am 21 weeks pregnant.

“We were supposed to fly from Gatwick to Agadir [in Morocco] at 3:05 p.m. this afternoon. Registration was to open at noon.

“At 11.50am we received an email telling us the flight was cancelled. EasyJet staff at the airport were not interested in helping and just told us to call Tui. The airport was chaos. There is nowhere to sit and food outlets are limited.

“We haven’t been able to talk to anyone in Tui all day. We jumped on a train to Luton, where we are now. We have booked a hotel here and will try to fly to Agadir at 7am tomorrow, but have no hope. So far we have incurred costs of nearly £1000.

Airlines are obliged to offer an alternative flight on the same day in the event of cancellation, including paying for a flight with another airline if necessary, but availability is extremely limited, leaving many passengers stranded or facing long delays. delays.

Rail passengers have been warned of a major disruption to services over the weekend due to a strike and engineering works.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union have left a long-running dispute with management of the TransPennine Express line over pay.

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TPE urged people not to travel on Saturdays or Sundays. It said it would operate a modified timetable on both days, with very limited service available for those on essential journeys.

Travelers returning from France to the UK have been told of significant congestion in and around the French ports of Dunkirk and Calais.

Passengers traveling via Dunkirk have been advised to allow at least two hours for border control and check-in, although traffic from Dover is proceeding as normal.

DFDS Seaways tweeted: “Roads in and around Dunkirk/Calais are extremely busy. Please allow extra time to reach each port.

Why Switzerland’s ‘Little Italy’ is a must on your travel bucket list Fri, 03 Jun 2022 05:47:07 +0000

Cuckoo clocks, precision watches and fondue are just a few of the things you might associate with Switzerland. Lizards, pizzas and neoclassical buildings not so much.

Yet Ticino, an Italian-speaking canton in the south of the country, known for its mild climate and subtropical gardens, as well as – naturally – breathtaking alpine landscapes, has them all.

Just over an hour’s drive from Milan or a scenic train and ferry ride south of Lucerne, Ticino is Switzerland’s little Italy.

Here are some of the best places to visit when you are there.

A shameless Italian region

Situated on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano, Lugano is decidedly Italian, with a culture closely linked to the Italian region of Lombardy.

The historic town of 70,000, a major banking center, is full of Italianate buildings, Mediterranean style plazas and beautiful parks, such as Parco Ciani, which sits right on the edge of the lake and contains a pier and library, as well as plants and trees from around the world.

Everything is dominated by the high mountains of Monte Brè and San Salvatore. Sit back and watch the world go by over a cappuccino at Vanini Dolce e Caffè in Piazza Riforma. Or try a slice of ‘bread cake’, a local specialty made with amaretto, grappa and stale bread (it’s much tastier than it looks) from Gabbani salumeria on Via Pessina.

Morcote is the most beautiful village in Ticino

An hour by ferry from Lugano and just a 20-minute drive from the Italian border, Morcote is one of Ticino’s prettiest villages, a lakeside idyll flanked by multimillion-dollar villas that cling to the lower slopes of Monte Arbostora.

Ristorante della Torre has created the perfect lunch spot with a covered alfresco terrace overlooking the lake and serves gourmet pizzas and other Italian cuisine.

Shake off the calories by climbing 402 steps to the Chiesa Santa Maria del Sasso, a 15th-century church adorned with frescoes and a view to die for.

In Parco Scherrer, a stepped Italian garden named after its late founder and avid gardener Arthur Scherrer, tiny lizards scurry among cypress and eucalyptus trees.

While miniature versions of the Trevi Fountain in Rome and an Arabian palace add a playful note.

If you’re looking for a romantic wedding venue – and you couldn’t do better than that – you can hire the gardens for your big day.

Make a splash in Locarno

Pretty Locarno, seaside resort located on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore at the foot of the Alpsis famous for having the sunniest climate in Switzerland.

It also hosts an annual film festival (this year is its 75th anniversary) in the Piazza Grande that attracts Hollywood stars and there are various collections of fine arts in the splendid palaces hidden in the hills.

To unwind after a day of sightseeing, dip into the Termali Salini & Spa, a public saltwater pool and spa overlooking the lake and mountains. When the mercury rises in the summer, cool off at Lido Locarno – it has an Olympic-sized outdoor pool, plus thermal pools, slides, slides and wave effects and is a fun day out for adults and children.

For a place to stay, Hotel Belvedere has 90 renovated rooms, landscaped tropical gardens, and a funicular stop just outside the park. Opened at the end of the 19th century, it is located on a hill with a panoramic view of the lake and Locarno itself. A double room with balcony, lake view and buffet breakfast from €282.

Bellinzona is the picturesque capital of Ticino

Dominated by the “tre castelli”, three 15th century castles built by the Dukes of Milan and now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bellinzona is the capital of Ticino, one of the 26 cantons or regions of Switzerland .

Visit the bustling weekly market (held on Saturday mornings), quaint piazzas and the wide selection of independent shops and cafes. The town is also one of the main stops on the Gotthard Panorama Express, a thrilling four-hour train and boat ride through fairytale alpine scenery to Lucerne in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, 140 km away. North.

Along the way, you’ll pass the chapel of Swiss folk hero William Tell and the Rütli meadow, where Switzerland was founded in 1291. A second-class ticket costs €51.50.

Ascona is made for the passeggiata

With its mild climate and traffic-free lakeside promenade dotted with cafes and restaurants, Ascona on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore is made for the passeggiata, the leisurely evening stroll enjoyed by so many Italians.

The Latin vibe continues in Borgo, the old town, where the narrow, winding streets contain more interesting places to eat and the 16th-century bell tower of the San Pietro e Paolo church serves as a landmark.

In the nearby Maggiatal and Centovalli valleys there are numerous hiking and biking trails and, on the outskirts of town, an 18-hole golf course.