Perugia – A fantastic tennis event in the medieval heart of extraordinary Italy

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Internazionali di Tennis Città di Perugia

From 07/11 to 07/16

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 50,000

Tournament location: Tennis Club Perugia – Via Bonfigli 11/A 06126 Perugia (Italy)

How to arrive: The tennis venus is centrally located in Perugia, and infact it is situated at less than 2 km by car from Old Town but just 900 mt walking (12 min). Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria is far about 11 km and 15 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Nicolas Kicker – 2015 Pablo Carreno Busta

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Defending champion and nr.1 of entry list Nicolas Kicker

Entry list: Nicolas Kicker (Arg) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Santiago Giraldo (Col) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Federico Delbonis (Ita) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Laslo Djere (Srb) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Kenny De Schepper (Fra) – Stefano Travaglia (Ita)

THE TOWN: Perugia is the capital city of the region of Umbria in central Italy, crossed by the river Tiber. Its history goes back to the Etruscan period. The city is also known as the universities town and  also a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The famous painter Pietro Vannucci, nicknamed Perugino, was a native of Città della Pieve, near Perugia. In the same period of the tournament it will be held one of the most important jazz festival of Europe, UMBRIA JAZZ!

Lonely Planet writes about Perugia: “Lifted by a hill above a valley patterned with fields, where the River Tiber runs swift and clear, Perugia is Umbria’s petite and immediately likeable capital. Its centro storico (historic centre) rises in a helter-skelter of cobbled alleys, arched stairways and piazzas framed by magnificent palazzi (mansions). History seeps through every shadowy corner of these streets and an aimless wander through them can feel like time travel.

Back in the 21st century, Perugia is a party-loving, pleasure-seeking university city, with students pepping up the nightlife and filling cafe terraces. The hopping summer event line-up counts one of Europe’s best jazz festivals. Together with its spiritual sister, Assisi, Perugia is a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2019. Watch this space.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN PERUGIA:

  • Palazzo dei Priori

palazzo dei priori

  • Rocca Paolina

rocca paolina

  • Old Town

perugia old town

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel CentovaSensational *** hotel, rated 8,9 on Booking and located at 5 km from old town. It features a restaurant and a bar, free wifi and parking, modern rooms with balcony or terrace. Prices? A 26 mq2 double room costs just 65€ per night.
  • Sangallo Palace. Just 46 m from the historic Rocca Paolina fortress, **** Sangallo Palace is in Perugia city center and is rated 8.6 on Booking. It offers a spa area with heated swimming pool and gym and a terrace with panoramic views. The on site restaurant serves a selection of traditional Umbrian specialties and Mediterranean dishes. The price for a double room is 134€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Hotel Locanda della PostaExceptional 4 stars hotel, rated 9.4 on Booking and set in the centre of Perugia along the main pedestrian street of Corso Vannucci, it offers accommodation in a historical building of the 18th century. It features superb breakfast included in the rate and elegant and spacious rooms for just 153€ per night. Wifi is free in the rooms while you will pay a charge for the private parking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament and TC Perugia Info

Visit Perugia Official

Umbria Jazz Festival Official Site

Your Hotel in Perugia

 

Enjoy this Tennis Trip in the heart of Italy!!!

Turin – Enjoying some exciting tennis matches in the shade of  the “Mole Antonelliana”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS 10° trofeo MA-BO

From 07/10 to 07/16

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Nord Tennis Sport Club ASD – Corso Appio Claudio 116, Torino, 10146 Italy

How to arrive: Nord Tennis is a tennis club located at about 5 km from Turin’s old town (15 min driving). You could get in by tramway too (take Nr.13 from Piazza Castello stop). From Caselle Intl Airport you will need of a 20/25 minutes taxi ride because it is far about 17 km from tennis courts.

Past champions: 2016 Dalila Jakupovic – 2015 Alize Lim – 2014 Yuliana Lizarazo – 2013 Claudia Giovine

Georgia Brescia won already two 25k titles this year and will try to triumph in Turin too

Entry list: Marie Bouzkova (Cze) – Sofia Shapatava (Geo) – Katarzyna Piter (Pol) – Georgia Brescia (Ita) – Dejana Radanovic (Srb) – Alize Lim (Fra) – Ankita Raina (Ind) – Jessica Pieri (Ita) – Julia Grabher (Aut) – Camilla Rosatello (Ita)

THE TOWN: Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region and was the first capital city of Italy. The population of the city proper is 892,649 (August 2015) while the population of the urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 1.7 million inhabitants. The city has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and other venues. Turin is well known for its Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture. It hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Lonely Planet on Turin:“There’s a whiff of Paris in Turin’s elegant tree-lined boulevards and echoes of Vienna in its stately art nouveau cafes, but make no mistake – this elegant, Alp-fringed city is utterly self-possessed. The innovative Torinese gave the world its first saleable hard chocolate, perpetuated one of its greatest mysteries (the Holy Shroud), popularised a best-selling car (the Fiat) and inspired the black-and-white stripes of one of the planet’s most iconic football teams (Juventus).

Turin also gave the world Italy as we now know it: Piedmont, with its wily Torinese president, the Count of Cavour, was the engine room of the Risorgimento (literally ‘the Resurgence’, referring to Italian unification). Turin also briefly served as Italy’s first capital and donated its monarchy – the venerable, possibly past it, House of Savoy – to the newly unified Italian nation in 1861.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Mole Antonelliana


  • Egyptian Museum

  • Piazza Castello


  • Valentino Park


  • Superga Basilica

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Urbani. This excellent  *** hotel, rated 8,4 on Booking, rises next to Porta Nuova Train Station in the heart of Turin and is a 2-minute walk from the airport bus terminal. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Rooms (prices from 60€ per night) are comfortable and well equipped, each featuring a private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries. You will also find an LED TV with satellite channels and a minibar. The continental breakfast is included.
  • NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina. Wonderful 4 stars hotel NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina, rated 9,2 on Booking, is located in a 17th-century building in Turin’s historic centre. It features two rooftop terraces, the free WiFi and an excellent restaurant. The elegant en suite rooms all offer satellite TV, coffee machine, parquet floors, and an electric kettle. All are soundproofed and air-conditioned, and have handmade furniture. Prices from 161€ with breakfast included.
  • Principi di Piemonte. Hotel Principi di Piemonte provides luxurious, modern rooms right in the center of Turin, less than a 5 minute walk from the Egyptian Museum. Rated 9,1 on Booking, in it you will enjoy an excellent service, an onsite spa, an elegant bar with great views of central Turin and a gourmet restaurant. Rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious. They come with large LCD TVs with Sky satellite channels and Wi-Fi access. Free newspapers are provided. The daily rate for a 25 mq2 deluxe double room starts from 171€ with superb breakfast included in the price.

USEFUL LINKS: 

Tournament Info

Turin Official Tourism Site

Your Hotel in Turin


Enjoy!!!

Recanati – An unusual Italian tournament on hard in Leopardi’s birthplace 

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Guzzini Challenger

From 07/03 to 07/09

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 50,000

Tournament location: Circolo Tennis Francesco Guzzini – Via Le Grazie 10A, 62019 Recanati (Mc) Italy

How to get: CT Guzzini is centrally located in beautiful Recanati just 20 minutes from Piazza Giacomo Leopardi. Aeroporto delle Marche is far about 47 km and 40 minutes driving from tennis courts.

Past champions: 2016 Illya Marchenko – 2015 Mirza Basic – 2014 Gilles Müller – 2013 Thomas Fabbiano – 2012 Simone Bolelli – 2011 Fabrice Martin – 2010/2009 Stephane Bohli – 2008 Horacio Zeballos

Thomas Fabbiano is the entry list leader and winner of 2013 edition

Entry list: Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Lukas Lacko (Svk) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Luca Vanni (Ita) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – James Duckworth (Aus) – Marton Fucsovics (Hun) – Quentin Halys (Fra) – Adrian Menendez Maceiras (Esp) – Duckhee Lee (Kor)

THE TOWN: Recanati is a town and comune in the Province of Macerata, in the Marche region of Italy. It was founded around 1150 AD from three pre-existing castles. In 1290 it proclaimed itself an independent republic and, in March 1798, it was conquered by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the hometown of the tenor Beniamino Gigli and the poet Giacomo Leopardi, which is why the town is known to some as “the city of poetry”.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Leopardi House


  • Infinito’s Hill


  • Leopardi Square


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Softwood. Set in the heart of the Marche region, this ** hotel, rated 8,2 on Booking, is in Recanati, 800 m from Villa Musone and 5 km from Castelfidardo. It offers free parking, a buffet-style restaurant, and air-conditioned rooms with TV, minibar and private bathroom. A simple Italian breakfast of a coffee and a croissant is available in the hotel bar and is included in the room daily rate (from 70€).
  • Agriturismo Raggioverde. Rated 8,5 on Booking and situated in an ancient farmhouse on the hills of Recanati at 500 from the town, this accomodation features free parking, a sun terrace, and an outdoor swimming pool. It offers air conditioned apartments with fully equipped kitchen and some also have a furnished balcony overlooking the town. Onsite restaurant offers traditional dishes of the Marche region. Prices start from 70€ per night with breakfast included.
  • Gallery Hotel Recanati. Excellent **** hotel located in Recanati’s old town and rated 8,8 on Booking, it features modern rooms with LCD tv and free Wifi connection, a terrace with hot tub and amazing view of the countryside, a gourmet restaurant and a 24 hr front desk. A 19 mq2 deluxe double room with wooden floors and balcony costs 119€ per night with rich breakfast buffet included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Recanati Official 

Your Hotel in Recanati 


Enjoy your tennis stay in this wonderful Italian town!!!




Rome – Welcome back in “Caput Mundi” for a fantastic Itf womens tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Tiro a volo Tournament

From 07/03 to 07/09

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Tournament location: Tennis Club Antico Tiro a volo – Via Enrico Vajna 21, 00196 Rome, Italy

How to get: Those wishing to reach the Tc from the Fiumicino Airport, instead of taking a taxi, can take the metro train all the way to the “Roma Tiburtina” station or the direct train to “Stazione Termini.” Transit time for the metro train is 45 minutes. From there the best way is to take a taxi for the courts (about 20€).

Past champions: 2016 Silvia Soler Espinosa – 2015 Martina Trevisan

Defending champion Silvia Soler Espinosa

Acceptance list: Mariana Duque Marino (Col) – Patricia Maria Tig (Rou) – Petra Martic (Cro) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita) – Dalila Jakupovic (Srb) – Victoriya Tomova (Bul) – Quirine Lemoine (Ukr) – Silvia Soler Espinosa (Esp) – Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) – Nadia Podoroska (Arg)

THE TOWN: Rome is a special comune (named Comune di Roma Capitale) and the capital of Italy. With 2,873,598 residents, it is also the country’s largest and most populated comune. The Vatican City is an independent country geographically located within the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.

Rome’s history spans more than 2,500 years. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at only around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. After the fall of the Western Empire, which marked the beginning of the Middle Ages, Rome slowly fell under the political control of the Papacy, which had settled in the city since the 1st century AD, until in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. Beginning with the Renaissance, almost all the popes since Nicholas V (1447–55) pursued coherently along four hundred years an architectonic and urbanistic programme aimed to make of the city the world’s artistic and cultural centre.Due to that, Rome became first one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance,[10] and then the birthplace of both the Baroque style and Neoclassicism. Famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects made Rome the centre of their activity, creating masterpieces throughout the city. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic. It hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is the seat of United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Lonely Planet’s writer Duncan Garwood explains the reasons why he loves this town: “As much as its great monuments – the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon – what I love about Rome are its details: the cobbled lanes and hidden corners, the vivid colours, the aroma of freshly ground coffee wafting out of its cafes. Rome’s streets and piazzas are an endless source of entertainment and, as a history buff, I get a real kick when I think of all the legendary events that have taken place here. Rome is also a fabulous place to eat well and there’s little I love more than a long lunch at a favourite trattoria.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • St. Peter’s Basilica


  • Trevi Fountain


  • Colosseum 


  • Pantheon


  • San Luigi dei Francesi Church


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Best Western Hotel Astrid. Very good *** located just 5 minutes driving from Antico Tiro a Volo Tc and some steps from tram #2 which takes you to Piazza del Popolo in 10 minutes, it offers stilysh rooms with hardwood floors, an LCD TV with Sky satellite channels and a minibar with free soft drinks. In summer, breakfast is served on the 5th-floor terrace overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber River. The daily rate is from 115€ per night with breakfast and wifi included.
  • The Tribune Hotel. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and located just 500 my from Villa Borghese and 10 minutes walking from Spanish Steps, it features free WiFi throughout the property and an on-site bar. The rooms are elegantly decorated with modern furnitures and offers a free mini bar. Prices from 188€ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Hassler Roma. Set at the top of the Spanish Steps, luxury ***** hotel Hassler Roma is one of the city’s most famous hotels. It offers elegant rooms and suites with high-speed free WiFi, and free wellness facilities including a sauna, Turkish bath and gym. Its restaurant and gym have panoramic views over Rome’s rooftops. Dining options at the Hassler include the Michelin-starred Imàgo on the 6th floor, the stylish Salone Eva, and the Palm Court restaurant with its ancient stone walls. The cuisine is classic Italian, with international specialities. A deluxe double room of 25 mq2 costs from 742€ per night. Rated 9.2 on Booking.
The exceptional view from Imago Restaurant of Hassler.


USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Rome Tourism Official

Your Hotel in Rome
Enjoy an exceptional week in the Eternal City!!!

Milan – In the fashion capital city of Italy for a classic event of Atp Challenger calendar

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Aspira Tennis Cup Trofeo BCS

From 06/26 to 07/02

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money. 50,000 $

Tournament location: Harbour Club Milano – Via Cascina Bellaria, 19, 20153 Milan, Italy

How to arrive: Tennis club is located about 10 km from Milan city centre. You will need about 35 minutes by car to get in. Linate Airport is far 20 km and 40 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Marco Cecchinato – 2015 Federico Delbonis – 2014/2011 Albert Ramos – 2013 Filippo Volandri – 2012 Tommy Robredo – 2010 Frederico Gil – 2009 Alessio Di Mauro – 2008 Teymuraz Gabashvili

Cecchinato
Marco Cecchinato is the defending champion of the tournament

Entry list: Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Thiago Monteiro (Esp) – Marco Cecchinato (Ita) – Gastao Elias (Por) – Guido Pella (Arg) – Arthur De Greef (Bel) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Uladzimir Ignatik (Blr) – Guillermo Garcia Lopez (Esp) – Dmitry Popko (Kaz)

THE TOWN: Milan is a city in Italy, capital of the Lombardy region, and the largest metropolitan area and the second most populous comune in Italy. It’s the second richest city in the European Union, after Paris.  Its business district hosts Italy’s Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the largest national and international banks and companies. The city is a major world fashion and design capital and with its museums, theatres and landmarks attracts every year over 9 million visitors.

Lonely Planet’s writer Paula Hardy writes: “From cutting-edge design showcases to hi-tech olive presses and a sidewalk scene that makes Fashion Week seem entirely redundant, Milan is both thrilling and fun. Everyone here is fizzing with ideas, ambition and energy, and it’s catching. Unlike nonna’s Italy further south, Milanese, like New Yorkers, are refreshing modernists. The main currency here isn’t the euro or amazing design gadgetry, it’s inspiration – and that’s what I love.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS IN MILAN:

  • Duomo and Duomo Square

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  • Sforzesco Castle

Sforza_Castle

  • Pinacoteca di Brera

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  • La Scala Theater

Teatro_alla_Scala

  • Navigli District

navigli

BEST PLACES TO STAY: 

  • BiocityWonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking located close to Milan Central Train Station, it rises in an elegant villa from the early 1920s. It exclusively uses eco-friendly materials and technologies as part of its commitment to respect the environment. Rooms here have neutral colour schemes and include air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Each one has a 32″ LCD TV with USB port. A double room costs 94,5€ with very good breakfast included.
  • The Yard MilanoExcellent **** hotel rated 9.2 on Booking and located in the famous nightlife Naviglio District. It offers ultra-modern suites and apartments with free Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machines. Each suite or apartment at The Yard has a unique design based on a sports theme. The daily rate for a 23 mq2 junior suite is 184€ per night with breakfast included in the price.
  • Armani Hotel MilanoExclusive ***** hotel just 50 mt from shopping district of Via Montenapoleone. Guests are taken to their elegant modern rooms by a personal lifestyle manager.  Set in a 1930s building designed by Enrico Griffini, rooms include Armani Casa furnishings and a Nespresso coffee machine. The stone or marble bathrooms feature a shower and bathtub, and each room offers a satellite LCD TV and an iPad. The on site Michelin-star restaurant serves both Lombard and international cuisine. Guests can relax in the sauna or Turkish bath or in the fitness center. Prices? A 50 mq2 premier room costs 846€ per night with free WiFi connection.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Tourism Milan Official Portal

Your Hotel in Milan

 

Enjoy this fashion tennis trip in Milan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Padova – Art, culture, science, spirituality and…tennis blend in a unique Italian mix

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN 2017 Padova Challenge Open

From 06/12 to 06/18

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Canottieri Padova – Via Polveriera 3/G, 35142 Padova, Italy

How to get: Circolo Canottieri Padova is far about 8 km from Central Station (20 minutes driving). You could use U05 bus from Ferrovia Corsia 3 to get in a about 30 minutes. Padova is just 30 minutes by train from Venice, and about 50 km from Venice Marco Polo Intl Airport.

Past champions: 2016 Shilin Xu – 2015  Paula Ormachea – 2014 Louisa Chirico – 2013 Irina Khromacheva – 2012 Anna Lena Friesdam

Entry list: Katarzyna Piter (Pol) – Mayo Hibi (Jpn) – Georgia Brescia (Ita) – Alize Lim (Fra) – Victoria Rodriguez (Mex) – Bernarda Pera (Usa) – Jessica Pieri (Ita) – Ajla Tomljanovic (Cro) – Catalina Pella (Arg) – Cristiana Ferrando (Ita)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Katarzyna Piter

THE TOWN:  Padova is a city in Veneto, northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Padua and the economic and communications hub of the area. Its population is 214,000 (as of 2011). It hosts the University of Padova, founded in 1222, where Galileo Galilei was a lecturer. The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat.

For Lonely Planet :Though under an hour from Venice, Padua seems a world away with its medieval marketplaces, Fascist-era facades and hip student population. As a medieval city-state and home to Italy’s second-oldest university, Padua challenged both Venice and Verona for regional hegemony. A series of extraordinary fresco cycles recalls this golden age – including in Giotto’s remarkable Cappella degli Scrovegni, Menabuoi’s heavenly gathering in the Baptistry and Titian’s St Anthony in the Scoletta del Santo. For the next few centuries Padua and Verona challenged each other for dominance over the Veneto plains. But Venice finally settled the matter by occupying Padua permanently in 1405.As a strategic military-industrial centre, Padua became a parade ground for Mussolini speeches, an Allied bombing target and a secret Italian Resistance hub (at its university).”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Cappella degli Scrovegni

Scrovegni

  • Basilica del Santo

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  • Basilica di Santa Giustina

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel al CasonVery good *** hotel rated 8 on Booking situated at 5 minutes from central station, this clean and friendly structure offers spacious rooms with free WiFi access and air conditioning. Prices for a double room start from 76€ per day with breakfast and free cancellation included.
  • Hotel Patavium. Excellent *** hotel rated 8,6 on Booking and located at just 5 minutes walking from Cappella degli Scrovegni, if features free parking  and wifi for guests and elegant rooms with hardwood floor and private terraces.  A comfort double room costs 120€ per night with very good breakfast included.
  • Best Western Premier Hotel Galileo PadovaThis wonderful **** hotel is on the banks of the Piovego River, next to Giotto Shopping Center. It provides free parking, spacious rooms, and a modern spa with an indoor pool. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas of the property. Ristorante Venezia serves a mix of local and international dishes, and Café Galileo provides light meals and drinks throughout the day. Superb value for money! A modern 30 mq2 studio costs just 94€ per night (optional breakfast at 4€ per person). Rated 8,5 on Booking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Padova Official Site

Your Hotel in Padova

 

Enjoy another beautiful Tennis Trip in Italy!

 

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Brescia – Would you like to follow tennis matches in the “Leonessa d’Italia”?

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Internazionali Femminili di Tennis

From 06/05 to 06/11

Prize money: $ 60,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Location: Tennis Forza e Costanza 1911 – Via del Castello 15, 25121 Brescia

How to arrive: Orio al Serio Bergamo Airport is the closest airport at about 55 km. Easy and frequent train connections between Brescia and Milano, Bergamo and Verona. Tennis club is located in the heart of town at 800 mt from Duomo Vecchio and 2 km (30 minutes walking) from station.

Past champions: 2016 Karin Knapp (Ita) – 2015 Stephanie Vogt (Lie) – 2014 Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr) – 2013 Viktorija Golubic (Sui) – 2012 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) – 2011 Irina Buryachok (Ukr) – 2010 Naomi Cavaday (Gbr) – 2009 Irina Buryachok (Ukr) – 2008 Lisa Sabino (Ita)

Entry list : Danka Kovinic (Mne) – Ana Bogdan (Rou) – Nicole Gibbs (Usa) – Anna Kalynskaya (Rus) – Jil Teichmann (Sui) – Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) – Cindy Burger (Ned) – Ipek Soylu (Tur) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita)

Danka Kovinic Nr.1 of the entry list



THE TOWN:
Brescia, named also La Leonessa d’Italia is a rich industrial city between Lake Garda and the Valtrompia in the foothills of the alps, about 100 km east of Milan. It is less famous for its history and art than for its role as a primary manufacturing center. Brescia has a subway that makes it the smallest city in the world with an underground train system. For Lonely Planet: “Brescia’s core takes the form of a fascinating old town, which more than compensates for the city’s rather ugly urban sprawl. The old town’s narrow streets are home to some of the most important Roman ruins in Lombardy, and an extraordinary circular Romanesque church”.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Duomo Vecchio


  • Santa Giulia Museum


  • Brescia’s Castle


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Albergo Orologio. Completely renovated *** boutique hotel located in a medieval palace in the heart of Brescia. Rated 8.4 on Booking it offers 17 mq2 double rooms from 89€ per night with breakfast, wifi and free parking included.
  • Novotel Brescia Due. Fantastic **** hotel located in the new business district just two metro stops from centre town. Rated 8.7 on Booking, this Novotel hotel offers modern superior double rooms from 122€ per night with breakfast. Free wifi is available in all areas.
  • Hotel Vittoria. Elegant ***** Art Nouveau-style hotel located next to the Duomo Nuovo Cathedral in central Brescia and 200 mt from the Vittoria Metro Station. Rated 8.3 on Booking it features a delicious on site italian restaurant and offers free parking and wifi. Prices for a double room start from 143€ with breakfast and free cancellation.


USEFUL LINKS:

Brescia’s Tourism Guide

Tournament Official Site

Brescia’s Museums 

Your Hotel in Brescia

ENJOY!!!!

10 Wonderful Places Where You Can See Tennis Next Week

  • LYON (Fra) – ATP 250 Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon


Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 540,310

Entry list: Milos Raonic (Can) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Juan Martin del Potro (arg) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Donald Young (Usa) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Nicolas Mahut (Fra) – Steve Darcis (Bel) – Karen Khachanov (Rus)

Tournament Official Site 

Visit Lyon Official

Your Hotel in Lyon

  • GENEVA (Sui) – ATP 250 Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open


Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 482,060

Entry list: Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – John Isner (Usa) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Viktor Troicki (Srb) – Robin Haase (Ned) – Ryan Harrison (Usa)

Tournament Official Site 

Visit Geneva Official

Your Hotel in Geneva

  • STRASBOURG (Fra) – WTA INTERNATIONAL Internationaux de Strasbourg 2017


Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 226,750

Entry list: Caroline Wozniaki (Den) – Mirjana Lucic Baroni (Cro) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Daria Gavrilova (Aus) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Monica Puig (Por) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Strasbourg Official

Accomodations

  • NUREMBERG (Ger) – WTA INTERNATIONAL Versicherungs Cup


Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 226,750

Entry list: Kiki Bertens (Hol) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) – Zhang Shuai (Chn) – Laura Siegemund (Ger) – Alison Riske (Usa) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) – Julia Goerges (Ger) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Mona Barthel (Ger)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Nuremberg Official

Accomodations

  • LUAN (Chn) – ITF WOMEN $ 60,000 Luan


Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Entry list: Yafan Wang (Chn) – Fangzou Liu (Chn) – Lin Zhu (Chn) – Sofia Shapatava (Geo) – Jacqueline Cako (Usa) – Jing Jing Lu (Chn) – Xiniu Gao (Chn) – Danielle Lao (Usa) – Jovana Jaksic (Srb) – Ankita Raina (Ind)

Tournament Info

Accomodations

  • MESTRE (Ita) – ATP CHALLENGER XV Venice Challenge Save Cup


Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 50,000

Entry list: John Millman (Aus) – Jordan Samper Montana (Esp) – Joao Domingues (Por) – Andrea Arnaboldi (Ita) – Blake Mott (Aus) – Marsel Ilhan (Tur) – Attila Balasz (Hun) – Yannick Mertens (Bel) – Lloyd Harris (Saf) – Alessandro Bega (Ita)

Tournament Official Site

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Accomodations

  • CASERTA (Ita) – ITF WOMEN 30° Internazionali di Tennis città di Caserta


Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Entry list: Eri Hozumi (Jpn) – Mayo Hibi (Jpn) – An Sophie Mestach (Bel) – Julia Glushko (Isr) – Anna Zaja (Ger) – Olga Saez Larra (Esp) – Andreea Mitu (Rou) – Diana Marcinkevica (Lat) – Shilin Xu (Chn) – Camilla Rosatello (Ita)

Tournament Official Site

Solo Caserta Tourism Site

Your Hotel in Caserta

  • SANTAREM (Por) – ITF WOMEN Santarém Ladies Open 1


Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Entry list: Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) – Great Minnen (Bel) – Ines Murta (Por) – Anasyasiya Shoshyna (Ukr) – Cristina Bucsa (Esp)

Tournament Info 

Accomodations

  • NETANYA (Isr) – ITF MEN Isr F8


Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Entry list: Edan Leshem (Isr) – Albano Olivetti (Fra) – Filip Peliwo (Can) – Peter Kobelt (Usa) – Ben Patael (Isr)

Tournament Info

Netanya Tourism Guide

Your Hotel in Netanya 

  • FRASCATI (Ita) – ITF MEN Ita F14


Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Entry list: Andrea Collarini (Arg) – Martin Cuevas (Uru) – Lorenzo Frigerio (Ita) – Adelchi Virgili (Ita) – Viktor Galovic (Cro)

Tournament Info 

Frascati Tourists Informations

Your Hotel in Frascati
 

 

Vicenza – A beautiful tennis week in the fascinating ‘City of Palladio’

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Internazionali di Tennis

From 05/29 to 06/04

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 50,000

Tournament location: Circolo Tennis Palladio 98 – Contrá della Piarda 9, 36100 Vicenza Italy

How to get: Vicenza train station is far just 1 km from Palladio 98. Closest airports are the ones of Venice and Verona, both at 60 km from Vicenza’s Old town.

Past champions: 2016 Guido Andreozzi – 2015 Inigo Cervantes – 2014 Filip Krajinovic

Entry list: Darian King (Bar) – Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) – Andrej Martin (Svk) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Guido Andreozzi (Ita) – Maximilian Marterer (Ger) – Marco Cecchinato (Ita) – Laslo Djere (Srb) – Inigo Cervantes (Esp) – Joao Souza (Bra)

THE TOWN: Vicenza is a city of northeastern Italy located at about 60 km from wonderful Venice. It is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas, villas, churches and elegant Renaissance palazzi. With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and his renowned Teatro Olimpico, the “city of Palladio” has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “When Palladio escaped an oppressive employer in his native Padua, few would have guessed the humble stonecutter would, within a few decades, transform not only his adoptive city but also the history of European architecture. By luck, a local count recognised his talents in the 1520s and sent him to study the ruins in Rome. When he returned to Vicenza, the autodidact began producing his extraordinary buildings, structures that marry sophistication and rustic simplicity, reverent classicism and bold innovation. His genius would turn Vicenza and its surrounding villas into one grand Unesco World Heritage Site. And yet, the Veneto’s fourth-largest city is more than just elegant porticoes and balustrades – its dynamic exhibitions, bars and restaurants provide a satisfying dose of modern vibrancy.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Teatro Olimpico

 

  • Piazza dei Signori and Basilica Palladiana


  • Villa Valmarana ai Nani


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Key Hotel. Rated 8,5 on Booking and located 15 min walking from Teatro Olimpico this *** Hotel has an high value for money. Spacious rooms offer air conditioning, a TV, and free Wi-Fi. Prices from 74€ per night with free parking for guests.
  • Antico Hotel Vicenza. Wonderful 4 stars hotel rated 9.2 on Booking located in the heart of Vicenza, just some steps from Piazza dei Signori. It features free WiFi and a terrace with panoramic views of the city’s rooftops. Rooms and suites all come with a minibar and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Private bathrooms offer free toiletries and a hairdryer. A classic double room costs 125€ per night with delicious breakfast included.
  • Relais Santa Corona. This exceptional hotel rated 9.8 on Booking is housed in a restored 18th-century building set just steps from the medieval church of the same name. Walk to central Basilica Palladiana in 5 minutes. Décor is contemporary and minimalist, and rooms come with great facilities including 32-inch LCD satellite TV, free Wi-Fi internet access and tea and coffee-makers. The rate for a night in a double room is 134€ with breakfast buffet.

USEFUL LINKS:

Club and Tournament Info

Visit Vicenza Official 

Your Hotel in Vicenza


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10 Wonderful Places Where You Can See Tennis Next Week

  • Rome (Ita) –  ATP 1000 – WTA PREMIER 5 Internazionali BNL d’Italia

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Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 4,835,975 + $ 2,775,745

WTA Entry list: Angelique Kerber (Ger) –  Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Madison Keys (Usa) – Maria Sharapova (Rus)

ATP Entry list: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – David Goffin (Bel)

Tournament Official Site

Rome Tourism Official 

Your Hotel in Rome

  • Busan (Kor) – ATP CHALLENGER Busan Open Challenger

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Prize money: $ 150,000

Surface: Hard outdoor

Entry list: Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Konstantin Kravchuk (Rus) – Hyeon Chung (Kor) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Vasek Pospisil (Can) – Illya Marchenko (Ukr) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Duck Hee Lee (Kor) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita)

Tournament Official Site

Your Hotel in Busan

  • Bordeaux (Fra) – ATP CHALLENGER Bnp Paribas Primrose

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Prize money: $ 125,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Steve Darcis (Bel) – Daniil Medvedev (Rus) – Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Jeremy Chardy (Fra) – Frances Tiafoe (Usa) – Dusan Lajovic (Srb) – Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) – Facundo Bagnis (Arg) – Julien Bennetau (Fra) – Gastao Elias (Por)

Tournament Official Site

Visit Bordeaux Official

Your Hotel in Bordeaux

  • Trnava (Svk) – ITF WOMEN Empire Slovak Open 2017

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Prize money: $ 100,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Entry list: Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) – Evgeniya Rodina (Rus) –  Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) – Kristina Kucova (Svk) – Kurumi Nara (Jpn) – Veronica Cepede Royg (Par) – Danka Kovinic (Mne) – Ons Jabeur (Tun) – Heather Watson (Gbr) – Marketa Vondrousova (Cze)

Tournament Official Site

Trnava Official Tourism Site 

Your Trnava Hotel

  • Samarkand (Uzb) – ATP CHALLENGER Samarkand Challenger 

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Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 75,000

Entry list: Sergyi Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Teymuraz Gabashvili (Geo) –  Jason Jung (Tpe) – Ilya Ivashka (Blr) – Adrian Menendez Maceiras (Esp) – Michael Mmoh (Usa) – Nikola Mijolevic (Srb) – Dmitry Popko (Ukr) – Joris De Loore (Bel) – Aldin Setkic (Bih)

Tournament Official Site

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  • Heilbronn (Ger) – ATP CHALLENGER Neckar Cup

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Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 75,000

Entry list: Nicolas Kicker (Arg) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) –  Adam Pavlasek (Cze) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Andrej Martin (Svk) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Casper Ruud (Nor) – Alexander Bublik (Kaz) – Marco Cecchinato (Ita) – Denis Shapovalov (Can)

Tournament Official Site

Heilbronn Touristic Guide

Your Hotel in Heilbronn

  • Kurume (Jpn) – ITF WOMEN Kurume U.S.E. International Women’s Tennis

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Surface: Carpet outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Entry list: Hiroko Kuwata (Jpn) – Ksenia Lykina (Rus) –  Riko Sawayanagi (Jpn) – Laura Robson (Gbr) – Shiho Akita (Jpn) – Junri Namigata (Jpn) – Kyoko Okamura (Jpn) – Katie Boulter (Gbr) – Katy Dunne (Gbr) – Kimberly Birrell (Aus)

Tournament Official Site

Kurume on Japan Guide Website

Your Hotel in Kurume

  • Naples (Usa) – ITF WOMEN Academia Sanchez Casal Women’s Open

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Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Entry list: Taylor Townsend (Usa) – Olivia Rogowska (Aus) – Michelle Larcher de Brito (Por) – Danielle Rose Collins (Usa) – Sofya Zhuk (Rus) – Usue Arconada (Usa) – Katherine Sebov (Can) – Lauren Albanese (Usa) – Caitlin Whoriskey (Usa) – Ulrike Eikeri (Nor)

Tournament Official Site

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  • Båstad (Swe) – ITF WOMENS Rising Star Tour – Båstad

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Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Entry list: An Sophie Mestach (Bel) – Irina Maria Bara (Rou) – Katinka Von Deichmann (Lie) – Georgia Brescia (Ita) – Magdalena Frech (Pol) – Andreea Mitu (Rou) – Jessica Pieri (Ita) – Elena Gabriela Ruse (Rou) – Anastasia Grymalska (Ita) – Martina Di Giuseppe (Ita)

Tournament Info

Båstad Official Tourism Guide

Your Hotel in Båstad

  • Pachuca (Mex) – ITF MEN Pachuca Open

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Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Entry list: Adam El Midhawy (Usa) – Christian Harrison (Usa) – Juan Ignacio Londero (Arg) – Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera (Chi) – Ivan Endara (Ecu) – Nicolas Scholtz (Rsa) – Federico Zeballos (Bol) – Nicolas Santos (Bra) – Juan Sebastian Gomez (Ecu) – Ewan Song (Usa)

Tournament Info

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Caserta – A beautiful tennis week a few steps from the incredible Caserta’s Royal Palace and Gardens

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN 30° Internazionali di Tennis città di Caserta

From 05/20 to 05/28

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Tennis Club Caserta – Via Laviano 1, Caserta 81100, Italy

How to get: Caserta station is far 100 mt from official Hotel Royal Caserta and about 3 km from Tennis Club Caserta. The closest airport is Napoli Capodichino which is far about 28 km from tournament location.

Past champions: 2016 Isabella Shinikova – 2015 Daria Kasatkina – 2014 Isabella Shinikova – 2013 Renata Voracova – 2012 Bianca Botto – 2010 Romina Oprandi – 2009 Martina Di Giuseppe – 2008 Jelena Dokic – 2007 Valentina Sulpizio

Entry list: Eri Hozumi (Jpn) – Mayo Hibi (Jpn) – An Sophie Mestach (Bel) – Julia Glushko (Isr) – Anna Zaja (Ger) – Olga Saez Larra (Esp) – Andreea Mitu (Rou) – Diana Marcinkevica (Lat) – Shilin Xu (Chn) – Camilla Rosatello (Ita)

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Former 79th of Wta Ranking Julia Glushko

THE TOWN: Caserta, in the Campania region of Italy, is an important agricultural, commercial and industrial city. Located on the edge of the Campanian plain at the foot of the Campanian Subapennine mountain range, The city is best known for the Palace of Caserta.

Infact for Lonely Planet :“The one compelling reason to stop at the otherwise nondescript town of Caserta, 30km north of Naples, is to gasp at the colossal, World Heritage–listed Reggia di Caserta. With film credits including Mission: Impossible 3 and the interior shots of Queen Amidala’s palace in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, this former royal residence is Italy’s monumental swan song to the baroque. Regular trains connect Naples to Caserta (€3.90, 35 to 50 minutes) Monday to Saturday. Reduced services make Sunday an inconvenient day to visit. Caserta train station is located directly opposite the palace grounds. If you’re driving, follow the signs for the Reggia.”

 

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Royal Palace

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  • Royal Palace English Gardens

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  • Casertavecchia Cathedral

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel AmadeusExcellent 3 stars Hotel Amadeus is set in a building of the 19th century, just 200 mt from Caserta Train Station and 500 mt from the Royal Palace. All rooms offer rooms with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. A cozy double room costs 69€ per night with breakfast included. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
  • Grand Hotel Vanvitelli. This wonderful **** hotel offers elegant baroque-style accommodation 5 minutes’ drive from Caserta’s historical centre. Guests can take in lovely views from the roof garden or enjoy a swim in the pool. A restaurant is also available. This historic building offers luxuriously decorated rooms with satellite television, minibars, some with private balconies. Prices? With 89€ you can already reserve a 29 mq2 double room with breakfast, free wifi and parking included. This is the perfect hotel if you come in Caserta by car.
  • Hotel Royal CasertaWonderful **** hotel which is the official accomodation of the tennis event. Located just in front of the Royal Palace and rated 9.0 on Booking, it features free wifi and public areas and good breakfast buffet, fitness center and airport shuttle. It’s possible to enjoy good meals in the onsite American bar and restaurant. The price for a standard double room is 119€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Royal Palace Official

Solo Caserta Tourism Site

Your Hotel in Caserta

 

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