Italy

I have just been in Italy, visiting Masseria Tapana. It was so wonderful to see it finished, all my drawings and concepts realised and being enjoyed by guests. It was the most incredible experience, working on the hotel and now hopefully another property across the road will be purchased and work will start next year!

Rob and I at the Masseria
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Detail of the shower in an outside bathroom
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The lamp we found at an antique market – all restored and looking so smart. The two colours of the blown glass base are lit from within ..

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The Beach Club for the Masseria

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Day trip to Gallipoli

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I started and finished the trip in Rome, staying again at the marvellous Villa Spalletti Trivelli. They have added a fantastic spa area on the roof, the perfect place to recuperate after spending the day walking around Rome. While there I went on two fabulous tours I can highly recommend. The first was about the Courtesans of 14th C Rome, a fascinating history of gender, politics and society given by an incredible guide Massimo, http://www.storytellingrome.com. I would go on any of his tours, he was just fantastic. The other was a foodies tour of Trastevere http://www.eatingitalyfoodtours.com – very interesting, gorgeous area and wonderful food!

Shots from the food tour..

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Great lunch at Al 34 via Mario dei Fiori, Rome. The simple salad of shaved zucchini and truffled cheese was buonissimo!! Another great restaurant close by is Dilla…

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the rooftop at Villa Spalletti

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Lunch at Villa Spalletti in the garden courtyard – a very civilised environment.

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Walking around in the most elegant street in Rome – Via Margutta

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Garden at Ninfa – me looking very contented to be surrounded by so much beauty!

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After the Masseria, we went to a beautiful villa in Cortona – such an interesting place with a truely incredible Rocca perched above the village – parts of the original walls are Etruscan and 2500 years old…

Villa..

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