Nordelaia opens in Italy’s Piedmont region

Situated in the Unesco world heritage site of Montferrat, deep in Italy’s Piedmont wine country, the independent boutique hotel Nordelaia opens this July 1. With easy access from Milan, Genoa and Turin, this 12-room hotel is set among five hectares of agricultural land planted with vines, which will produce the hotel’s own wines in celebration of the grapes Piedmont is famous for.

The hotel, respectfully built around a farmhouse dating back to the year 800, has been transformed by British design studio These White Walls together with local architect Valerio Tunesi of Tunesi Studio Genova. The aim was to restore the building’s historical elements, as well as create a direct connection to the local nature and terroir. A striking new three-tier structure houses the hotel’s restaurant, bar and events space, curated by Michelin-starred chef Andrea Ribaldone and resident chef Charles Pearce.

Opening Rates start from €230 per night.


Starting from June 6, this year Italy Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi has resumed accepting applications for all short stays categories, tourism included, according to the Ordinance 14 May 2021 issued by the Italian Ministry of Health, extending the COVID-tested flights to the United Arab Emirates. In order to apply, however, it is mandatory to provide a ticket for a COVID-tested flight. COVID-tested flights or Quarantine-free flights, from the UAE to Italy are operated by Etihad Airways and Emirates Airways.

Etihad Airways and Emirates guests – specifically Emiratis and travellers who do not need a visa to enter a Schengen country – have been travelling to Italy quarantine-free from June 1/June 2. Travellers to Italy aged 2 years and above have been required to hold a negative Covid-19 PCR-RT or Rapid Antigen test result valid for 48 hours prior to departure. Travellers have to take a Rapid Antigen swab test on arrival in Italy, at their own cost.


Emirates will resume flights between Dubai and Venice from July 1, initially offering 3 flights a week on the route. The airline will also increase services to Milan from 8 to 10 weekly flights in July. Emirates will serve Venice, Milan, Rome and Bologna with its widebody Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.