Not too far, but not quite close either to home, all of these cities will provide the right dose of flair and culture that is perfect for a shorter or a longer trip, be it during summer or spring or winter.
Editor: Elisa Carassai
Sun-warmed sea, craggy coastlines, fish-rich bouillabaisse, a melting pot of cultures and creativity: this is, and so much more, Marseille is a city in continuous metamorphosis. Located on the sea, this once-maligned maritime hub has, over the past few years, attracted more and more visitors due to its vibrant culinary landscape (you truly haven’t lived if you haven’t had a proper aperitivo at L’Epicerie Ideal or a lunch or dinner at La Mercerie), an up-and-coming booming music scene (the parties and lunches at Tuba Club are some of the best in town during summer), the opening of new contemporary art galleries and large-scale cultural and preservation projects, such as the great MUCEM or Art-o-Rama, the premiere art fair in the south of France and of course, some quality time spent swimming along the crystalline waters of the Calanques.
Known to many as the industrial queen of the north, Turin has boomed in the last few years as festival-goers looking to enjoy a weekend at Club to Club (which this past year celebrated its 20th anniversary), art lovers (be it for Artissima or to pay a visit to the many museums around and in the city – Castello di Rivoli, Fondazione Sandretto and so much more) and foodies alike have flooded the town visiting it for a weekend or so. Infact, because it is so perfect to explore by foot, we suggest to explore it by staying at Look To, a contemporary boutique hotel-apartment located in the center of the city. Very close to Milan via car or via train, this city is also the perfect spot for holiday-goers wanting to see, have a hike, or eat around the neighboring Langhe area – because who wouldn’t want to enjoy a lucullian Sunday lunch drinking Barolo and having plin ravioli with truffles?
Following ten years of economic and political upheaval, Athens is finally breaking away from its antiquity-driven image, welcoming an upsurge in cultural activity. As a result of this, it is bringing in a plethora of art and design galleries, media companies and an inventive food and drink scene, so why not discover it by wandering around its most edgy neighborhoods, in particular way, Exarchia, and stopping along the way for a Greek Salad at Fita? This upsurge has also led to an influx of hospitality venues like the incredible MONA, a concept-boutique hotel housed inside a former eight-story industrial factory from the 1950s, and all framed by the beauty of the Aegean sea. Want more info? Our latest city guide will fulfill all of your travel-filled desires, discover it at this link.
A great meeting point where sprawling nature and incredible culture meet, Tunis is set on the balmy, Mediterranean coast overlooking the sea. It is no surprise that people love visiting it for a sun-and-sea-focused kind of holiday. But Tunis is so much more than that. Lose yourself in the ebbs and flows of its ancient alleyways and colorful markets; enjoy a fish-based meal in one of its tiled and checkered tablecloth-clad restaurants and visit the local leafy courtyard cafe, L’Agora for regular art exhibitions as well as music and comedy nights. But if you really want to enjoy a cinematic experience, stay at Dar Marsa Cubes, a unique boutique hotel, nestled in Marsa a seaside jewel in the northern suburbs of Tunis and then take a trip on the road between Tunis and Tatouin, which has been used as the set for lots of movies and includes 15 sites across ten regions and will highlight films including Star Wars, Monty Python: The Life of Brian, Indiana Jones, and The English Patient.
If Scotland hasn’t been on your radar in the past few years, you’ve missed out on a magical adventure. And Edinburgh, Scotland’s hilly capital, set on a series of extinct volcanoes, indeed has maintained its old-world charm: century-old castles, cobbled streets, and old houses; a budding art scene, home to many unique contemporary art galleries and museums; a thriving food and drink scene, second only to London; incredible festivals like the Fringe (which takes place in August) are all and more of the reasons why this town is worth a visit. So, stay at Porteous a design-driven boutique hotel-apartment where to stay-eat-experience and connect with the local community; have a comforting breakfast at Elliott’s and visit Fruit Market Gallery, a free collaborative space for contemporary art and culture, housed in a recently expanded 1931 vegetable warehouse set in the heart of the city, where you’ll also be able to browse across a range of contemporary independent art and design books as well as original prints and eclectic souvenirs.
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