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The Aficionados Suggests Six European Destinations For Idyllic Romantic Journeys

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The Aficionados
Florian Andergassen,

Majestic hotels and singular lodgings with unique histories are included in this curated selection inspired by romance and pleasure.

Intimate, unique, offering captivating experiences and histories, THE AFICIONADOS presents a selection of dream destinations in Portugal, Austria, Greece and Italy for a getaway that fuels the flames of romance.

In Lisbon’s iconic Príncipe Real neighborhood we find Palácio Príncipe Real, a luxury residence offering just 28 rooms and suites imbued with an atmosphere that blends the greatest refinement with the charming decadence of the Portuguese capital’s opulent architecture, which seems to have stepped out of a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

In the creative heart of Athens, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono once strolled, Monsieur Didot opens its doors tobohemian souls. Constructed in a neo-classical style, this late 19th-century building with its clean lines and welcomingambience pays homage to Ambroise Firmin Didot, the French philohellene who was the inventor of the Didot typefaceand a pioneer of printing in Greece.

Views that draw sighs with their landscapes of olive trees, cypresses and the delicate perfume of the aromatic herbs that fringe Lago di Garda: this is Cape of Senses, a minimalist property ideal for a wellness retreat. Near to the village of Torri del Benaco, this destination in northern Italy has enchanted travelers since Roman times.

Milan, Italy’s epicenter of design and the avant-garde, is home to gems such as Crossing Manzoni, where the past finds harmony with an iconoclastic style for this boutique hotel with just six rooms in the heart of the Quadrilatero della Moda.A refuge in the city just steps from Vía Montenapoleone, the Duomo and La Scala, where the most epic of passions can be appreciated.

Watched over by the Dolomite mountain range, Parkhotel Mondschein allows travelers the chance to escape to a villa inBolzano to enjoy the rural charms of Northern Italy. This building, with medieval traces that date back as far as the 14th century, is situated close to the forest, ideal for taking walks in the shade of the ancient trees.

In Vienna, the Hotel Altstadt offers up a bohemian and artsy atmosphere in the seventh district, well known for its buzzy cultural life. This boutique hotel is also home to an outstanding private collection of contemporary art, with over 100 works, including Warhol and Prachensky. The 15 rooms have unique interiors, each with interventions by celebrated architects and designers, and guests are sure to feel at home.

With this selection, The Aficionados makes its mark once more by curating properties with unique atmospheres and unusual histories that will provide the perfect backdrop to an idyllic, romantic getaway.


Founded by Iain Ainsworth, THE AFICIONADOS is a travel resource for those seeking fabulous recommendations andaccommodation that effortlessly fuses luxury, design and authenticity. It comprises over 90 hotels, designer homes for private hire and guesthouses, from all across Europe and a fabulous outpost in New York, the United States, together with a selection of over 100 creatives who round out the offer of this culture and lifestyle emporium for travel and good living. The Aficionados also publishes five printed magazines: Blueprint Beauts, Farmhouse Fabulous, Casa Gorgeous, Neu Heritage, and Alchemists of Italy.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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