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When in South Italy’s storied Campania region, where would you rather stay:A) a mega-chain hotel?B) a restored monastery, palace or manor? If you answered “A,” no need to read on. But for travelers who yearn to be lord of a castle -- even for only a night -- can discover top heritage properties in the Campania capital of Naples, in nearby Sorrento and on the island of Capri across the bay.
And what getaway to these mainland cities is complete without a boat ride to Capri? Here are several vintage offerings to bring history to your bedside after visiting the Greek temples at Paestum, the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum or the resorts Tiberius left behind on the “Blue Island” of Capri.
Read more: Historic Hotels in and Around Capri
Cherry brandy, fado music and hand-painted tiles make for three perfectly sound reasons to visit Lisbon, Portugal, any time of the year. Two more are its international documentary showcase, Doclisboa (in October) and festival of independent world cinema called Indie Lisboa (in April).
If you're attending either, or both, of these emerging festivals, you'll want a fabulous place to repair to after hectic days of screenings, panels and parties. One solution to consider is the Heritage Hotels of Lisbon, a boutique chain of luxury boutique hotels that arguably rivals cinema in providing period stories and fantasy escape.
Read more: The Heritage Hotels of Lisbon
Český Krumlov, the Czech Republic's answer to Camelot, is so fairy-tale perfect you half expect mini-chiclets to rain down on its cobbled streets. Marionettes deck the panes of its gingerbread shops. Bears roam a castle moat. And the town's very name describes the bend in the Vltava River that rings this UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 13th century.It's no wonder Hollywood came here to shoot The Adventures of Pinocchio and opening frames of The Illusionist. All that's missing in the medieval fantasy set is a green ogre. Český Krumlov's mediating role between filmed artifice and real world makes it an ideal junction after summer's cinema rites in another corner of Bohemia, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Yet unlike the spa town of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), this South Bohemia destination lacks thermal waters to drink in or splash about. The closest thing is the indoor pool, sauna and solarium of its five-star Hotel Růže, housed in a 16th-century Jesuit monastery and university.
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Harry Potter: A History of MagicA British Library Exhibition at the New-York Historical SocietyOctober 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” unveiled century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society — with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — the first book in the series — one can view illustrator Brian Selznick’s cover art designed by for the 20th anniversary edition of the Potter series, published by Scholastic in June 2018. Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions — are on public display for the first time—as well as costumes and set models from the award-winning play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a special audio tour featuring the voice of actress Natalie Dormer—available to ticket holders as a free Audible download—providing in-depth content on the objects on view.
All visitors must book a timed-ticket to visit Harry Potter: A History of Magic. We strongly recommend booking your ticket in advance; availability cannot be guaranteed to walk-in visitors.
Extended hours for the final week:
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
New-York Historical Society170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)New York, NY 10024
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