Blog: Leaders in Travel in France and Italy

Gary Stevens, vice president of leisure sales & marketing for Leaders In Travel, recently returned from a trip through the south of France and Italy. Read his blog post and view his behind-the-scenes videos to see what his notable finds can offer your luxury clients:

Several of us at Leaders In Travel had the great privilege of spending a whirlwind week earlier this year in the south of France and Italy. As travel experts with a discerning clientele, we often visit new destinations, hotels and resorts, as well as revisiting and checking up on old favorites. There's a world filled with fabulous places and we pride ourselves with the education of being in the know, so that our clients will be in the know.

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Cypress trees align the glamorous drive through the gates of the Hotel Metropole.

Thanks to our superb and gracious hosts, our recent travels brought us to some of the finest hotels one could ever wish to stay, in two of our favorite countries: France and Italy.  Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts boasts an exquisite collection of top hotels in 35 countries and counting.   Anyone who has ever experienced Four Seasons knows their service is of the highest standard in hospitality and this trip brought us to three must-stay's: Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche, Four Seasons Florence and Four Seasons Milan. Sandwiched between our stay in Provence and Florence, is another property that provided us with true wow factors - the magnificent Castiglion del Bosco. Situated in the heart of Tuscany's Brunello winemaking region, the hotel and villas are on one of Tuscany's largest contiguous estates, with magnificent vistas of the region's rolling hills and beyond.

On the beautiful drive to Tuscany, we also got to spend time in Monte Carlo, with a breakfast and tour of the Hotel Metropole  - the definitive place to stay in this French Riviera playground.  And our friends at JG Blackbook and Lungarno Hotels provided us with a wonderful evening of laughs and fun over dinner and a site tour of their chic hotels, each found along the Arno in the heart of Florence.  We love traveling by rail in Europe, a relaxing way to see countryside locations, and our ride on Trenitalia from Florence to Milan was a breezy 2 hours.

On our last destination of the trip, shopping favorite Milan, we experienced a snowstorm that shut down the airport and almost kept us in the city for another day (now really, how bad could that have been!).  A hotel tour and amazing Sunday brunch was a standout at the very happening Bulgari Hotel.   Sound like a great week?  We thought so!

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An inviting suite's outdoor deck overlooking the rooftops of Florence at Gallery Hotel Arts.


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