The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Europe -

LUCA Magni of Baglioni Ho­tels, a lux­ury col­lec­tion cov­er­ing Italy, France and Lon­don, started his ca­reer in pri­vate bank­ing and joined the ho­tel group in 1996, mov­ing to vice-pres­i­dent of the board of di­rec­tors in 2000. Since last year he has been in charge of cor­po­rate plan­ning in group com­mu­ni­ca­tions and brand­ing. More: baglion­i­ho­ Des­per­ate to get back to: Bol­gheri, near Punta Ala in the Maremma re­gion of western Tus­cany, an en­chant­ing place where Sas­si­caia wine is pro­duced. Top shop­ping se­cret: Amaranto bou­tique at Carl­ton Ho­tel Baglioni, via Senato/via della Spiga, Mi­lan, is a new high-end DEALS OF THE WEEK Vive la France: Save up to 10 per cent on ad­vance book­ings on a 12-day Esprit de France ‘‘Gold’’ In­sight Va­ca­tions tour to Paris, Reims, Loire Val­ley, Co­gnac, Bordeaux, St Emil­ion and the Dor­dogne; from $6025 a per­son twin-share in lux­ury ho­tels. De­par­tures May 2 to Oc­to­ber 20, 2012. More: in­sight­va­ca­ store sell­ing clothes and ac­ces­sories de­signed by young tal­ents. Must do at least once: Trans-oceanic sail­ing, which I will do this Novem­ber with five friends. I have also re­cently opened a sail­ing char­ter com­pany (sail­ingth­ to Lit­tle Italy: Ab­so­lutely Abruzzo Tours’ four-day gourmet fes­ti­val tour, in­clud­ing cook­ing classes, guided tours, re­turn air­port trans­fers, ac­com­mo­da­tion in a re­stored Abruzzo farm­house, meals and wine; from $1980 a per­son twin-share. Tours depart June and Oc­to­ber 2012. More: 1800 641 136; ab­so­ en­hance my love of the sport. We have more than 950 boats, from 12m to 60m, which we rent solo, skip­pered or fully crewed. Per­fect place for in­dul­gence: Villa Gal­lici in Aix-en-Provence near Mar­seilles, a pri­vately owned 22-room Re­lais & Chateaux ho­tel. Ul­ti­mate eco-ad­ven­ture: Canyon­ing around Cha­monix in France. Stand-out bar ex­pe­ri­ence: Liv­ing Bar in Mi­lan is an ideal place to hang out; eat and drink in­doors or out­side over­look­ing Pi­azza Sem­pi­one. Best-spent travel dol­lars: A good travel guide such as Lonely Planet — I never move about with­out one. Full sail: Book an epic 59-day Silversea Grand Voy­age from Sin­ga­pore — via Viet­nam, the UAE and Italy — to Monte Carlo on Sil­ver Whis­per, de­part­ing March 3 next year, for sav­ings and on-board cred­its; from $35,608 a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing gourmet din­ing, but­ler ser­vice and fine wines. More: 1300 306 872;

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