Go to Torino, Italy now!
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Travel by: Various through April 2006
Torino's Olympic Games may have wound down, but here's a medal-winning bit of news for would-be visitors to this delightful Italian region: With the games over, the crowds will pack up, and the Italian Alps will be blissfully free of skiers and wonderfully affordable again! In fact, you can check out Torino or the Alps this March and April while saving a bundle. The trio of stay and ski specials we found start at $136/night and include a ShermansTravel-exclusive deal at a luxurious castle in the area's top wine-producing region.
Royal treatment at four-star castle hotel in Piedmont
Always wanted to stay in a full-fledged European castle, but thought it was out of reach? This year, you can give yourself a gift of royal treatment with the fantastic hotel package created exclusively for ShermansTravel readers! The property in question is Hotel Castello di Sinio, a small luxury castle-hotel at the epicenter of the Piedmontese wine and gastronomic region, outside of Torino. Built in 1142 by a wealthy marquis, this meticulously restored castle retains the rich ambience of its medieval past while pairing it with all the up-to-date amenities of a high-end hotel. Antique accents, sumptuous fabrics and a wealth of perks grace the 17 rooms and suites. On-premise facilities include stylish common areas with cozy fireplaces; a superb gourmet restaurant, considered one of the area’s best; an outdoor swimming pool perfect on warm-weather days; and a small but well-equipped wellness room with a sauna. The hotel wins top marks for discreet service, exquisite cuisine and quiet elegance.
Doubles regularly start at €148 ($176) for a night in a deluxe room, with gourmet breakfast for two. The more spacious executive rooms cost €165 ($197) per night, while suites go for €182 ($217). But with the ShermansTravel-exclusive package, these rates are reduced by 10% with stays of two nights or more, with a bonus of two exceptional freebies: a wine tasting at one of the top producers in the area and a cooking lesson in the Castello kitchen. Note, however, that this offer doesn’t apply for stays during the busy Easter week.
Save a bundle at Turin’s Hotel Victoria from $135.68
If you want to experience the spruced-up town of Torino post-Olympic Games, we found a record-breaking hotel deal you shouldn’t skip. Currently on offer by Hotels.com, it features heavily discounted stays at Hotel Victoria where rates normally start at a hefty $230. You won’t have to cover this high cost though: nights are now selling for only $135.68! In an article earlier this month, The New York Times described the hotel as “a diamond in the rough. The green lobby is reminiscent of a 19th-century parlor, rooms are spacious, with curtains surrounding the beds, and the halls are bedecked with posters from bygone exhibitions at the world's greatest art museums.” Note that rates include a continental breakfast.
Thanks to this fabulous offer, you can be saving almost $100 on an overnight here!
Hit the slopes of Italy for late ski-season fun for $950
You might not win the gold if you go schussing down Italy’s slopes, but this deal we found certainly does! In fact, it saves you quite a chunk of cash on a seven-night ski vacation at Cortina d’Ampezzo, one of Europe’s most glamorous ski resorts. Outside of the Piedmont region, this chic spot was nonetheless also a one-time Winter Olympics host (in 1956), and remains the place to ski and be seen in winter months, normally after having paid a high premium! But with this Ski Europe deal you won’t have to! Included in the package is round-trip air from New York to Venice; ground transfer to the resort; seven nights at Hotel Dolomiti, a simple but recently renovated three-star property; and daily breakfast. The cost of all of this is just $950, for departures during the low ski season which starts in early April. All you’ll have to do is pick up the cost of lift tickets and off you go!
Air to Torino on United: $321+ OW from 10+ cities
You can also book air-only to Turin with special United rates for travel to the Olympic capital through March. Rates start at $321 one-way for travel from 10+ US cities, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and more. While travel at these promotional fares is valid for weekday travel through March 31, 2006, a 21-day advance purchase is required, so you’ll need to act fast to lock in the rates. Book today and be on your way!
Once you''ve booked your trip to Torino or Piedmont, read our
Spotlight On: Turin & Piedmont for complete coverage of area attractions, restaurants, and more.
Add taxes and service charges to the two hotel deals quoted above, and air taxes and fees to the ski package.
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