May 21, 2002 |
Plans for a $100-million apartment and retail complex in Westwood are drawing fire as--once again--a savvy developer tries to push limits on new construction while equally sophisticated neighborhood activists battle to scale down his project. For decades, Westwood was a busy retail area and a hot spot for movie premieres. But in the late 1980s, a spate of violence scared off moviegoers and the recession reined in development.
July 17, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO FLORENCE, ITALY From LAX, Alitalia, Air France and Lufthansa offer connecting service (change of plane) to Florence. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $884, excluding fees and taxes. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 39 (the country code for Italy) and then the local number. WHERE TO STAY Granduomo, No. 1/7 Piazza del Duomo; 055-2670004, http://www.granduomo.com . A newly restored 18th century palazzo overlooking the Duomo offers elegant mini-apartments, a roof terrace and a cozy library.
May 10, 2005 |
French billionaire Francois Pinault has abandoned plans to give Paris a contemporary art museum on an island in the Seine and will house his collection in a Venetian palace instead, he said Monday. Pinault, France's second richest man and a longtime art collector, hired Japanese architect Tadao Ando to build an art foundation on the site of the derelict Renault car factory on Paris' Ile Seguin.
April 11, 2008 |
The owner of the Venetian and Palazzo resorts is planning a convention center that could open by 2010, cost about $680 million and offer as many as 7,000 hotel rooms. Las Vegas Sands Corp. said it had filed plans with Clark County to build a 1.2-million-square-foot facility. The facility would be an upgrade from the existing convention center, which opened in 1990, and could give Las Vegas Sands room to build more hotel rooms on one of the priciest pieces of Las Vegas Strip real estate.
May 2, 2007 |
It's going to Vegas, baby. "Jersey Boys" is joining the migration of high-rolling Broadway blockbusters to Sin City. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on the story of Frankie Valli and '60s pop group the Four Seasons, will take up residence in early 2008 at the new Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, currently under construction.
July 9, 2005 |
The J. Paul Getty Museum snagged the top item in an auction of Old Master pictures Friday, paying $7.6 million for "The Grand Canal, Venice, With the Palazzo Bembo" by Francesco Guardi. The 18th century Italian painting was consigned to Christie's in London by heirs of German collectors John and Anna Jaffe, whose artworks were confiscated by the Nazis in 1943 and recently returned to the family.
February 14, 2010
The Venice Carnival is in full swing with the canal city's Renaissance, Baroque and Venetian Gothic palaces and piazzas a perfect setting for this annual, sumptuous street theater. Shrove Tuesday festivities will be jam-packed with dinners, balls, music and dancing in sometimes eccentrically modern garb, but mostly in gorgeous period costumes and masks. A gondola parade along the Grand Canal, Casanova's Ball in the Palazzo Zenobio, a Baroque concert in a Venetian music school and cocktails while listening to opera in a historic hotel are just a few items in two weeks of stylish hedonism and decadence.
December 5, 2010
The Navona is inside an antique palazzo built in the 1400s that has belonged to this family for centuries. For those who love to walk, Castel St. Angelo and Vatican City are accessible by foot. The Navona is in Rome's historic center, yet its quiet location on Via dei Sediari is ideal for sleeping too. I can't say enough about the family, the hotel and its operation. Hotel Navona, 8 Via dei Sediari, Rome; 011-39-06-6830-1252, http://www.hotelnavona.com . Doubles from $136 MaryAnn Vanover, Santa Barbara