If you’re looking for a luxury holiday there are plenty of possibilities in Italy. The country is full of culture, style and great food, and you can easily find a destination that suits your tastes. To add a little luxury to your trip you can set up a holiday home exchange, which saves you money and allows you to stay in the comfort of someone’s home. In this guide you will find 10 suggestions for luxury holiday locations in Italy.

Italy is a fantastic destination, full of interesting cities and luxury locations. You can visit Italy in style and really live it up with a bit of planning. A home swap is one of the best ways to make a luxurious holiday affordable. In this guide you can read about 10 luxury locations in Italy, including Capri, the Amalfi Coast and Lake Como.

Venice

Venice is famous for its canals and romantic atmosphere. It’s the capital of the Veneto region and combines quaint Italian charm with all the amenities you would expect of a big city.

Florence

Florence is an amazing city, both to look at and to explore. The architecture is breathtaking, the food is delicious and it’s a really stylish destination. It’s an art-filled choice for a luxury getaway!

Lake Como

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Head for Lake Como if you want a real taste of how the rich and famous holiday. You really want to stay on the lake itself, and if you do you’ll feel like you’re in a truly special location.


Amalfi Coast

If it’s a beach break you’re after, you should head for the Amalfi Coast in Campania. You can while away your days in the sun and maybe even hire your own beach cabana to add to the luxury.

Sardinia

Sardinia is another good place to visit for a luxury getaway. You could opt for the coastal town of Cagliari or, for a bit of peaceful luxury, you could head for Carloforte.

Madonna di Campiglio

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Head up the Italian Dolomites to try your hand at skiing in Madonna di Campiglio. Spend the day on the beautiful white slopes, marvel at the scenery and then return to sip a cocktail in your chalet.


Verona

Combine luxury and romance by heading for the beautiful city of Verona. This is where Romeo and Juliet is set so, if you fancy a romantic break, it doesn’t get any more romantic than Verona!

Capri

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Capri is the place for the wealthy and you can enjoy it too. You’ll be right on the coast and will definitely want to visit the famous Piazzetta. It doesn’t get more exclusive or luxurious than Capri.


Tuscany

You’ve read about Florence but what about the rest of Tuscany? Well, there are plenty of other places you can go for a luxury holiday, as well as great food, in towns like Siena and Lucca.

Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo is another of Italy’s fantastic ski resorts. It’s a great place for skiers and snowboarders and the après ski is pretty good too!

You can find holiday home swaps at www.lovehomeswap.com. And, if you like the idea of a house swap in Italy, you have plenty of options open to you.

Poll: where in Italy would you like to go?


A             Madonna di Campiglio

B             Capri

C             Lake Como

D             Venice

E              Other



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Italy

Lonely Planet’s guide to Italy

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Tourist information on this stunning destination

Italy and Skiing

A look at Italian ski resorts in the Guardian

 
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is featured among the top most visited places in the world. With its glorious architecture, diverse culture and historical monuments, Kuala Lumpur is a perfect place to spend some time during the holidays. Furthermore, the city also boasts of numerous malls and stores and is considered to be a shopper's paradise.
Important Places to Visit:

National Museum

Located adjacent to the Perdana Lake Gardens, the museum provides a glimpse in to Malaysia's history and culture. Built in 1963, it has several galleries featuring historical artifacts as well as representations of cultural activities like festivals and weddings.
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Kuala Lumpur Tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower is one of the most recognized towers in the world and is seen as a symbol of the city since its inception in 1995. Reaching into the sky, the tower is used for communication purposes with a 421 meter long antenna at the top. It also has a revolving restaurant where visitors can enjoy a nice meal along with the magnificent view of the city below.


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Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square (Independence Square) is probably one of the most significant places in the history of Malaysia. It was here that the Malaysian flag was hoisted for the first time, in August 31, 1957. Every year, on August 31, the square becomes the venue for the National Day parade (Merdeka Parade). What makes the square attractive for the visitors is the panoramic view of the old and new buildings in its vicinity. Many of the constructions like the Sultan Abdul Samad building were completed during the British era.

House of Parliament

The seat of the Malaysian democracy, the House of Parliament is located nearby the Lake Gardens. The main building is 3 stories tall and adjacent to it is a 17 story tower.

Petaling Street

Crowded with locals and tourists alike, the Petaling Street is strewn with stores offering cheap clothes and accessories of which most of them are pirated. The area is also known for Malaysian street food with large number of small food stalls and restaurants lining the path. The street also offers a variety of budget hotels for the budget traveler.

Central Market

Located only at a stone's throw away from the Petaling Market, the Central market is a haven for those who want to purchase items of handicrafts and art. Designed in a stall concept, the Central Market is an example of the traditional Malaysian markets. Different ethnic groups live and work in and around the area and all religious festivals are celebrated in a grand way here.

Religious Places


Kuala Lumpur has a diverse culture with people of different religions co-existing in harmony. Jamek Mosque and Sri Mahamariamman temple are two of the most prominent places of devotion that is worth a visit.

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur


Even the most reluctant shopper would become a shopaholic when in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from the Petaling Market and Central market, the city has 66 malls and many retail outlets. People from all over the world, especially from the Asian region, flock to Kuala Lumpur to shop for anything from clothes to electronic goods.

Accommodation


There’s plenty of accommodation for all kinds of budgets, including budget hotels and inexpensive serviced apartments in Kuala Lumpur.

John Chen is a travel writer currently located in Bangkok, Thailand.

 
Planning a trip to Japan anytime soon? You may find that their way of living is much different to the way you live. If you want to see Japan for what it really is by getting closer to the locals then there’s one thing you must learn- respect.
Japanese traditions go back for thousands of years and although the importance of respect may not be as serious for the younger generations, it’s still unavoidable in the country. Japan’s cities are vibrant & modern- which could seem like many other cities across the world- but knowing where you stand in society and demonstrating a fair degree of respect is vital.
One of the most important traditions to this day is with the Senpai & kōhai which are terms applied to the mentor system. This is applied in places such as school, sports clubs, businesses, and social organizations.
Another big sign of respect is bowing.
Obama really went for it when he met Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. His nearly 90-degree bow did spark a little bit of controversy back in the states, but that just goes to show how different some cultures can be to each other.
Eating would be yet another vital time to demonstrate your understanding of the Japanese Culture; there are various small mannerisms you need to remember, such as saying “itadakimasu” at the beginning of a meal.
If you’re going to Japan make sure you do your research; you’ll wreak the benefits from showing respect because you’ve demonstrated that you understand the locals and want to see this wonderful country from their eyes.