Hiking in Tuscany
Atkin, Rosenthal, their dog Roo and their friends were looking for someplace with “old world charm”. They settled on Monteverdi, a glamorous hilltop resort in Tuscany just outside of the medieval town of Sarteano. “Monteverdi is ancient and a UNESCO heritage site. So just imagining what it was like hundreds of years before cars were invented, everything moving by horseback, no electricity, no modern communication—it’s all fascinating,” Jen told Vogue.
Idyllic adventures included cooking classes where they made pasta and fried stuffed zucchini blossoms, hiking through forests and discovering Etruscan burial sites to listening to Brahms at an ancient Romanesque church.
Oh, and drinking wine at the Bulgari family vineyard, Podernuovo a Palazzone. After all, this is Tuscany.
Boating on Lake Como, the world’s most glamorous lake
For the second part of their trip they traveled to Lake Como, a tranquil paradise for A-List celebrities, where they stayed at the Villa D’Este, Il Sereno Como, and Grand Hotel Tremezzo. The latter hotel is one of the most dog-friendly luxurious hotels in Europe.
As Atkin described the iconic art nouveau palazzo: “It’s fresh out of a Wes Anderson movie. Such character and grandiosity, beautiful sculpted gardens, the floating pool, amazing service. It faces the town of Bellagio across the lake, so you have a spectacular view that changes radically with the changing sunlight”.
Below, see how Jen Atkin—and her glamorous group—gallivanted through Italy.
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Seriously, very doggie.
And it’s awkwardly accurate.