Articles by Susan diRende
The photographic series, “LA Ladies” by French artist Val Priftis is on exhibition as part of the Broad Humor Film Festival
The Starhotel Du Parc in Parma has the stately and genteel elegance of old nobility in one of the most comfortable and gracious cities in Italy
The La Torre Restaurant, in the middle of the Chianti countryside, offers a savory escape to the dolce vita for the passing traveler
ESPA at the Castello del Nero is a luxury destination spa in an enchanted Tuscan setting. For a step out of time and a step into the Italian version of heaven on Earth, the ESPA gives you an unsurpassed spa experience
While in Rome, you should treat yourself to at least one elegant supper along the storied Via Veneto and you can do no better than Ristorante Doney
To describe the Castello del Nero in the Chianti region of Tuscany as a five-star luxury hotel and spa does not do it justice. The Castello del Nero is above and beyond classes
The new Crowne Plaza Milan-Malpensa Airport Hotel is a design hotel that serves as a destination in itself for business travelers and a jumping-off point for vacation travelers to Italy
Luisa Fernanda at the LA Opera, an operetta in Spanish starring Placido Domingo in a highly-anticipated musical treat
Distinctive Messengers, an ongoing exhibition of contemporary art at the House of Campari, presents a group of emerging artists who have had or will have a first solo show in a Los Angeles art gallery
The Locanda San Ginese in the Tuscan countryside feels like you are staying in an Italian home all the while providing the comforts an American traveler requires at a truly modest price
The Los Angeles Operas production of The Merry Widow at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion sweeps you away with waltz-time romance and foolish charm
The Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli is the perfect hotel for those who would like to enjoy the citys magic and still be able to escape the maddening tourist crowds at the end of the day
With the summer travel season approaching, the tourism offices of Tuscany invite female travelers to enjoy special stays and services around the region geared specifically to their needs and interests
Until recently, I had always flown Economy Class to Europe. I thought the difference in price for what I considered the same trip to be unreasonable. Then I flew United Airlines Business Class to Paris and learned how wrong I had been.
The epic 300 is a dazzling spectacle, a heroic tale of men prepared to die rather than submit to tyranny. Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller
Travel in Italy is not only about sights but about the tastes of the countrys food and wine. Here is a rundown of the 32 labes in the "Wines of Italy" program by region and label
Anastasia Beverly Hills has teamed up with Natura Bisse of Barcelona to offer celebs a haven where they can get a lift to their chakras, bodies, faces and style
Picture a natural hot spring out in the countryside, completely undeveloped, enjoyed by the local folks for recreation and the health benefits of the sulfur water, the same sulfur water that the well-heeled pay a small fortune for in nearby resorts
The "Broad Humor Film Festival" landed in Rome the weekend of Jan. 26-28 and what a weekend it was with twenty-one funny films written and directed by women
No place gives you a better blend of refinement and regional gusto than Vivendo, a wonderful intimate restaurant near the Piazza della Repubblica inside the St. Regis Grand Hotel in Rome
Cavalia, a show with horses and humans perfoming an equestrian arts equivalent to the Cirque du Soleil, is performing on the grounds of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine. Beautiful lighting effects and tastefully artistic stage decorations allow spectators to appreciate the star performers - the horses
Debra Voigt at the LA Opera Sunday night displayed her incredible ease on stage, wonderful theatrical ability, rich soprano voice, and exceptional rapport with audiences
The ML Hollywood night club was transformed into a screening room Wednesday night for the 2007 Very Short Movies Festival Preview Party
Macbeth starring Harry Lennix at the Lillian Theater in Hollywood is a worthy effort where the gimmick of an all-black cast proved to be the least that this ensemble had to offer
The Prince de Galles Hotel achieves the perfect blend of modern luxury and classical refinement in an establishment small enough to offer personal attention and service.
If you dream of Paris in all its classic splendor and want to live that dream, then staying at the Westin Paris is the place to begin.
The DWP Christmas Light Festival in Griffith Park is a purely frivolous holiday confection. Walking or driving can both be fun if you plan it right
The Briton Ensemble Winter Concert Sunday night at the Atladena Community Church redeemed Christmas carols from the musical purgatory of mall music and restored to them the joyful expressions of love and community that they are
The qualities that make Hilton Hotels a favorite among business travelers should suggest to those vacationing in Paris that such an oasis is just what they need. After all, being a tourist is often harder work than being on the job.
On vacation in my home town, I decide to celebrate the season here as if I were a tourist, seeking the holiday pleasures offered in abundance and letting the city of angels sing its version of Noel to me