Rome and Milan aren’t the only places to visit in Italy. Naples, the lesser known but culturally copious city, has enchanted tourists for decades with its perfect blend of history and mystery. The city rises from the Gulf of Naples near the notoriously famous volcanic region of Mt Vesuvius, but don’t be discouraged by its morbid aura – Naples is, after all, known for its vibrant cultural events, especially in May.
Compact enough to be explored on foot, the Centro Antico is perfect for taking a stroll and enjoying the city’s architectural grandeur. The Maggio dei Monumenti – a month-long festival with public access to otherwise private exhibitions, palaces and museums – is this season’s biggest. Be musically mesmerised with Europe’s magnificent 18th-century opera house, San Carlo, and don’t forget to treat yourself to Naples’ gift to the world – pizza! Head to the Pizzeria Da Michele, where Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and actress Julia Roberts apparently devoured its perfect pies.
The centrally located five-star Romeo Hotel offers luxury accommodation along with free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service.
From about Dh1,348 a night. Call +39 081 6041 580 or visit www.romeohotel.it for booking and more information.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Escape Dubai’s heat and rush in the five-star luxury of the Four Seasons this weekend. The Dubai Escape package gets you luxurious sleep in gorgeous Arabian-inspired rooms at discounted rates of 15 per cent, access to a private beach, pools and hi-tech fitness centre, as well as complimentary entry for kids in the Kids for All Seasons programme. Call 04 270 7788 or visit www.fourseasons.com/dubaijb.
Monte-Carlo Beach, Monte Carlo
Breathtakingly beautiful and oozing opulence, Monaco is the ultimate getaway for those who love the high life. The Monte-Carlo Beach hotel by the Mediterranean is offering a Sea Dream offer until May 24. Pamper yourself with a complimentary 30-minute facial, dig into lavish buffet breakfasts and enjoy free access to the outdoor pool. From Dh1,673 a night for two. Visit www.monte-carlo-beach.com.
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Style on the go
TIME TRAVEL Time those laps in the pool, track morning runs or count down to dinners with the Sunnto Ambit3 Sport, a GPS-enabled multisport watch. Its silicone strap withstands water and sweat, monitors sleep and adds a pop of colour to your look. Dh1,195, Stadium stores
HOUSE OF GLASSES When your sunglasses or specs are shielded from breakage in these pretty pink cases from Hatty Pedder’s Bon Voyage Collection for Emirates, the only spectacles you’ll think about are scenic sights. Spotless holiday vision 24x7! Dh45, www.emiratesofficialstore.com
FRINGE FEST Stay cool and sun-safe during excursions wrapped up in this ravishing red Fresh Air Fringe scarf’s breathable rayon neck and face. We love how the frayed tassels and herringbone pattern imbue instant chic. Dh59, Charming Charlie stores