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A wide set of 138 steps begin their ascent from the Piazza di Spagna, leading up to the Piazza Trinità dei Monti where the eponymous church sits. A sterling example of Roman Baroque beauty, the Spanish Steps were built between 1723 and 1725 by architect Francesco de Sanctis, after the city received funds from French Diplomat Étienne Gueffier. The Spanish Steps are collectively known as the widest stairway in Europe and is recognized as an iconic landmark in Rome's capital, attracting locals and tourists from all walks of life. The Fountain of the Old Boat greets the steps at its base, and toward the right is located the house of English poet John Keats. While the colossal sweep of this historic stairway is enough to invite attention, it appears even more captivating when corners of the steps are intermittently adorned in colored azaleas.
La Pergola offers excellent cuisine in an elegant setting with one of the most beautiful views in Rome. La Pergola offers its guests cuisine of the highest level, making it one of the best dining experiences in the city and in Italy. Its success is due in part to Heinz Beck, an exceptionally talented chef who combines an original interpretation of Mediterranean cooking with unusual presentation. The menu changes every month and highlights include Salmon Ravioli filled with caviar and sour cream, Eggplant Purée with Lobster and Tomato and Salmon Croquettes fried in green rice. There is an exceptional selection of pastries and desserts as well as an extensive wine list from all over the world.
This branch of the famous Parisian department store adds a touch of Mediterranean elegance to the German capital. Situated on Friedrichstraße, eastern Berlin's premier shopping street, the store offers the latest fashions from designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin. The design of the building, with its sunlit interior and glass roof, is stunning, another reason for a visit. The food hall in the basement is in the same league as KaDeWe's legendary food department and is a great place to come and sample a couple of fresh oysters.
This location of the House of Fraser group was one of the 56 branches that the brand operated. Towering six floors above the city, the stylish department store beckoned shoppers with versatile products from distinctive brands. As of 2018, the brand has been taken over by Sports Direct.
The Belfry is one of the best-known golf resorts in the country. It is situated 15 minutes from both the National Exhibition Centre and the airport. Set in large and spacious grounds covering some 200 hectares (500 acres) of countryside, it also holds three 18-hole golf courses. This place describes itself as The best located conference, golf and leisure hotel in the United Kingdom, and it's hard to argue with that. The Belfry has five restaurants, eight bars and employs around 700 staff in all, so you should be well looked after.
Touted to be one of the most periodically ancient lands in the continent, Sardinia boasts of an unmatched Mediterranean charm. With history that dates as far as the Phoenicians and Nuragic civilization, its rich past is reflected in its well-preserved and diverse architecture. Visitors get to admire everything from Romanesque and Renaissance architecture to its delicious cuisine filled with Mediterranean flavors.
The Botanical Garden was laid out in 1853 but only opened in 1866. The favorable microclimate means that tropical plants as well as those typical of Sardinia can be grown. In 1966, a section dedicated to medicinal plants was opened growing 150 different species. The gardens are home to more than 600 species of tree, including Ficus, Phytolacca, Dracena, Eucalyptus, Nolina and Casuarina. Unique to Italian gardens and perhaps throughout Europe is the Argania Sideroxylon Roem from Morocco. The gardens also enclose wells and water tanks that were built during the Roman era.
This elegant hotel is located in the heart of the city, not far from the port. It has a terrace with a beautiful view over the city's historical center. The excellent service, the politeness, and the professionality of the staff make the Regina Margerita one of the most famous hotels in Cagliari. It is in the Marina district.
Raoul's may inspire curiosity when you walk past and see that it's packed no matter the hour. You'll find a bohemian crowd packed into this bar, and maybe a celebrity if you're lucky. The menu includes steak, such as the Steak Au Poivre, among other options. This French eatery has a lot to offer, so stop by for dinner and a drink.
Mars Bar & Restaurant is definitely the place for the hard-working crowd in SoMa. Do not be fooled by the stern doorman; once you get past him, it's all smiles and hospitality. Drinks are tall, strong, and served fast, even when the place is jammed. The back patio is perfect for relaxing in the shade, but don't expect to get too much personal space. Settle down in an overstuffed booth, order a basket of French fries, and groove to the Motown tunes while you people-watch. Later, shoot some pool or throw some darts. This is the kind of bar you can visit alone because you will not stay that way for long. Live music of various kinds is thoroughly enjoyable at the bar. Only the bar area is open on Saturdays.