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Hermès' elusive travel collection, "Petit H", debuted online in Hong Kong. Conceptualized by Pascale Mussard in 2010, the imaginative and artisanal extension of the famous luxury house is appreciated for its playful and unique creations - each a reinvention of discarded materials salvaged in old workshops. Small trinkets, in particular the `` Bird '' pocket […]

Hermès' elusive travel collection, "Petit H", debuted online in Hong Kong. Conceptualized by Pascale Mussard in 2010, the imaginative and artisanal extension of the famous luxury house is appreciated for its playful and unique creations - each a reinvention of discarded materials salvaged in old workshops. Small trinkets, in particular the `` Bird '' pocket brush (HK $ 1850), the `` Sardine '' brooch (HK $ 5000), partly in calfskin and partly in crocodile leather, and a Round Leather Dice Set (3100 HK) will make a darling, if not conversation stocking tote.

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The best time to visit Italy are the months of May, June, and September. Compared to the peak summer months of July and August, these months offer more comfortable temperatures and there are fewer crowds ( except around Easter ). The country experiences four classic seasons per year, although there is a marked difference between the wetter, cooler North and the drier, warmer South. The rainiest months pretty much everywhere are usually October and November.

Fall ( September – November ) : temperatures cool down gradually, although September is usually still very pleasant. Expect crisp fall leaves and some sunnier days, but plan for wet weather too. Fall carries many of the same benefits as spring, but with slightly less predictable weather.

Winter : temperatures in the South remain mild in winter, while Northern Italy is normally wet and cold. Winter in the Italian Alps is fantastic though for skiing and snowboarding, but the ski resorts do get crowded so book early.

Travelers wishing to visit Italy can use a bus, train, plane, or boat to get there. Most tourists arrive by plane though, often landing in Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the country’s busiest airport. This is the preferred point of entry in Italy when you want to visit Rome, or tour the entire country. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Rome.

Although Rome is the main getaway for most visitors to Italy, it’s often easier and cheaper to fly directly to/from one of the country’s other airports. It can also save you a lot of time to book a multi-city ticket, hereby arriving in one airport and leaving from another ( for example fly in Milan in the north and fly out via Naples in the south ). The following airports are of interest for most tourist itineraries :

Milan Malpenza Airport ( north ) is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy ( and also the main getaway to the Italian Lakes ). Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Milan.

Venice Marco Polo airport ( north ) is the international airport of Venice. It offers flights to many European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States, Canada, South Korea and the Middle East. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Venice.

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