provence-en

A statue of a pregnant Virgin Mary, an astronomical observatory in a former nuclear missile silo, a hotel room in a tree or a gypsy caravan, primitive Provençal artists, the mark of Christ’s knee, a fountain that flows with wine, a caiman dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a church in a theatre, an erotic mediaeval bas relief, a countess who returned to life, a Provençal Villa Médicis, a false volcano at La Roquebrussane, a “sheep bridge” at Arles, a rain-making saint, an alchemist’s garden, a magic palindrome at Oppède...

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secret rome EN

Visit palaces closed to the public, admire exceptional works of art away from the tourist circuit, listen to a concert in a magnificent hidden oratory, have your dog or car blessed, observe the miraculous liquefaction of the blood of Saint Pantaleon, puzzle over a rare catoptric meridian or a wonderful anamorphic fresco, discover the remarkable motorised Rubens, enter into the secrets of the Vatican, rediscover a lost Bernini masterpiece, say a prayer before an image of the Holy Face of Jesus like that deposited on the moon in 1969, organise a dinner for two in a private palace, protect your throat from the rigours of winter.

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Rome is still a reserve of well-concealed treasures that only reveal themselves to those who know how to wander off the beaten track, whether residents or visitors. 

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Rome well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

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toscaneUK

The oak tree where Pinocchio hanged himself, a fifteenth-century stained glass window with an image of Mussolini, a forgotten statue by Leonardo da Vinci, a luxury hotel that is now a public lavatory, a 17th-century milk distributor, a wine-drinking frog, a unique astronomical phenomenon, a staircase in Siena bearing St. Catherine’s teeth marks, a whale in Lucca, an authentic phial of Christ’s blood, a faith that moves rocks, diamonds within marble, the location of the amphora from the Marriage Feast of Cana, an extraordinary anatomical theatre in Pistoia, Fata Morgana’s spring of eternal youth, an unusual stroll along a marble quarry monorail…
Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Tuscany still reserves any number of hidden treasures for those who know how to wander off the beaten track.
This is a guide that is indispensable for those who think they know Tuscany… or those who want to discover another side to the region.

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Venise UK - Award

Discover the secrets of St. Mark’s Basilica with not a tourist in sight, finally crack the mystery of the pillars around the Doge’s Palace, take a trip on the only underground canal in Venice in search of the alchemical sculpture of the winged horse, lunch at a restaurant tucked away in a lagoon fisherman’s house, track down Teriaca, that miracle potion brewed in Venice from time immemorial, decode the paintings of the Scuola di San Rocco applying the principles of the Jewish Kabbalah and see how Kabbalistic music influenced the construction of San Francesco della Vigna, visit an unknown underground cemetery, stroll through unsuspected gardens beyond the gates of palazzos and monasteries, admire the extraordinary forgotten library of the Venice Seminary, sleep in a sublime bedroom concealed within a palazzo, go shopping in Giudecca women’s prison market, play petanque in the heart of the city, retreat to a wonderful lakeside monastery, away from the crowds …

Five years of research have gone into the compilation of this exceptional guide, an opportunity for all who love Venice, as well as Venetians themselves, to leave the beaten track far behind and rediscover the most extraordinary city in the world.

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Hotels Europe UK HD

Spend the night in the cabin of a dockside crane that you can rotate, in a tent hanging from a tree, in the depths of a salt mine, an igloo, a round house that turns with the sun, a survival pod from an oil rig platform, a giant hamster cage, a coffin, at the top of a lighthouse, in a cider cask, a glass pyramid, aboard a plane, on a private island, in a house anchored to the top of a factory smokestack, in a red cube in the countryside, in a train, a chapel or a prison …

Our selection of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages and other unconventional lodgings, the result of five years of research, will let you spend a night unlike any other, which you will never forget.

More than 250 unusual properties, starting at €10 a night.

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Hôtels Insolites France GB HD

Spend the night in a tent hanging from a tree, an igloo, a round house that turns with the sun, a giant hamster cage, at the top of a lighthouse, in a cider cask, a glass pyramid, a 2CV car or an English double-decker bus, aboard a plane, in a house anchored to the top of a factory smokestack, in a gypsy caravan, in a luxurious treehouse, in a red cube in the middle of the countryside or at the top of the Pic du Midi in the French Pyrenees …

The result of four years of research, our selection of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages and other unconventional lodgings will let you spend a night unlike any other, which you will never forget.

More than 160 unusual places, starting at €10 a night.

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hotels-insolites-UK_en

Escaping the mass market to find unusual hotels, bed and breakfast properties as well as holiday lets, this guide lists UK and Ireland properties that provideing value-for-money memories that will last long after the bill has been paid.
Selected from the award-winning online guide, this selection of properties offers unusual and unique accommodation choices for all budgets, from £25 for singles to suites costing more than £550 a night.
By the same author:
Unusual Hotels of the World
Marie Claire
The Daily Mail
LondonChic
Easy Living Magazine

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couv_hotels2_UK

Take your diving gear along to reach an underwater hotel; stay in a disused US Air Force radar tower in the heart of the equatorial rainforest; slide back the roof of your bedroom to gaze at the stars; sleep in the cabin of a dockside crane that you can rotate, or in chalets hidden in the forest, a survival pod from an oil rig platform, a giant shoe, a coffin, lighthouse, tree, plane, train, chapel, prison, igloo, or even a red cube lost in the countryside …

So that you’ll never get bored and spoil your holiday, we’ve taken great pleasure in tracking down and testing in 60 different countries more than 200 hotels that are really out of the ordinary. From 20 euros per night.

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SOIRS-UK

Observe the stars from the top of the Sorbonne, see a film in a private flat, spend an astonishing night in the company of transsexuals, watch lawyers match wits in a debating contest, go for a swim in the nude, crash celebrity parties, listen to a rock group in a squat, cross Paris in a Zodiac boat, meet Master Jodorowsky in person, discover the Bahá’í faith or theosophy, buckle down at a gathering of fetishists, or sleep in the most astonishing hotel rooms in the French capital  …
Night-time in Paris has never been so full of surprises, if you know where to go …

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boutic-en

Have your hair cut on the night of the full moon, take a siesta while shopping, make a cast of your foot, top a birthday cake with your own photo, issue your own stamps, take pictures of your aura, visit a designer at home, join an art gallery open 24/24, buy shoes in a theatre, offer your cat or dog a massage or special cookies, relax in a flotation chamber, try out extraordinary Japanese toilets …
Shopping in Paris has never been so stimulating, although you have to know where to go …
As a change from traditional retailers, here are over a hundred unusual places where you can find really original presents.

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