11 December 2019 Italy is the land of emotions: magnificent landscapes, ancient cities, food and wine of excellence. And an innate spirit for elegant seduction. Here are three ideas for a romantic getaway, for an unforgettable weekend. May it be Valentine’s Day, Christmas or whichever weekend during the year, here are three ideas for a romantic getaway in Italy: Piedmont in the North; Marche in the central part of the Boot; or Campania in the South. A journey filled with pleasure, for the eyes and for the palate. A weekend with a view of the Alps: Palas Cerequio Lunch served on Palas Cerequio’s lawn (La Morra, Cuneo) - Photo credits: Exploria A place to be leisurely enjoyed. Situated in the land of a great Italian wine: the Barolo. La Morra is located at the heart of the Langhe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Palas Cerequio is the first relais dedicated to Barolo crus. “Palas” is a Piedmont word that means "a luxurious building". The relais has been built during the renovation of an 18th-century building located in the ancient village of Cerequio, generating a place steeped in culture. The rooms are overlooking the rows of the surrounding vineyards. In the main building, furnishings inspired by Piedmont baroque grace four suites of the highest comfort. While the other five suites have a minimal and modern design, furnished with materials and finishes from the neighbouring localities. All are equipped with a wellness area, including a private spa and chromotherapy. Palas Cerequio’s cooking philosophy is based on fresh local produce – selected depending on their freshness and seasonality – reinterpreting the traditional Langa cuisine. Your stay can be turned into an extraordinary one by including tastings of the most important interpretations of Barolo. The surprise of Central Italy: Relais Cocci Grifoni The villa’s pool at Relais Cocci Grifoni (San Savino di Ripatransone, Ascoli Piceno) The Relais Cocci Grifoni is located in an uncontaminated land of outstanding landscapes and fresh air. A place filled with reference to animals. The right place to be to reconnect with the Earth using all of the senses; to be cradled by the fertile and creative agricultural world, by the beauty of nature. The old family home, built by the great-grandparents in 1933, is now a country residence, dedicated to hospitality. Completely renovated, it has two guest apartments, facing a small heated pool in the courtyard overlooking the vineyards. The villa, immersed in the silence of the hills, is next to the winery and to Tenuta Cocci Grifoni’s panoramic terrace. Here, it is possible to drink DOC and DOCG wines paired with local specialties or take a walk among the vineyards together with experts of the company. The building, constructed in the gully area that houses the vineyards, can be completely rented because the two apartments are adjoined. The garden and the swimming pool are both exclusively available to the guests. The languor of the South: Hostaria di Bacco Breakfast on the terrace by the sea at Hostaria di Bacco (Furore, Salerno) Among the vines and cliffs looking over the Mediterranean – with grapes clinging to the rocks and a picturesque cellar dug into it – Marisa Cuomo Winery dominates the Amalfi Coast. We are in the town of Furore, at a height of 500 metres above the sea. The grandfather, Raffaele, opened the Hostaria in 1930. The relais builds an emotional bond with its guests. Here, eating is a spiritual activity: the cuisine continues on being true and genuine, inspired by ingredients connected to the territory and the seasons. Marisa Cuomo wines age in an ancient cellar dug into the rock, situated right behind the restaurant. A captivating place that houses the French oak barrels. The collection accommodates about five thousand bottles, including masterpieces of Italian and foreign winemaking. While the grappa distillery counts more than 600 labels of spirits and distillates. In this vertigo of panoramas, drenched in the silent light, the presence of the most distinguished guests can still be felt: Anna Magnani has resided here, while filming “L'amore” together with Roberto Rossellini. Even after so many years, nothing has changed. Enjoy your romantic getaway with The Grand Wine Tour. Ask for more information!