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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

ETI­HAD has added Rome as its sec­ond Ital­ian gate­way with ser­vices from Aus­tralia via the air­line’s home port of Abu Dhabi start­ing on July 15 Lonely Planet will launch World Search ($19.99) next month, aimed at ad­ven­tur­ers aged five years and up; the publisher de­scribes the se­ries as ‘‘fun, lift-the-flap books that span the globe to re­veal weird and won­der­ful things’’

Ori­ent-Ex­press prop­er­ties have ex­celled at the re­cent Lead­ing Ho­tels of the World Com­mit­ment to Qual­ity Awards; in Europe, Ho­tel Cipri­ani & Palazzo Ven­dramin in Venice, Ho­tel Splen­dido & Splen­dido Mar in Portofino and Villa San Michele in Florence took top hon­ours while Mi­raflo­res Park Ho­tel in Lima, Peru won the South Amer­ica cat­e­gory.

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