New partnership, 600 Halldis apartments incorporated in the offerings of Swiss operator Visionapartments

New partnership, 600 Halldis apartments incorporated in the offerings of Swiss operator Visionapartments

Halldis, the Milan-based Italian leader in the market of temporary leases for work or leisure travelers, in business since 1986 and with more than 1,600 properties managed in 25 European locations, and Visionapartments, a Zurich-based company founded in  1999, which specializes in the management of medium- and short-term leases of high-end apartments located in Switzerland’s major cities (Zurigo, Losanna, Ginevra), as well as Berlin, Munich, Warsaw and Vienna have signed a business agreement.


Halldis Serviced Apartments now a real estate investment opportunity

After almost 30 years' worth of expertise in the short term rental sector, the market leaders in Italy are now offering investment opportunities to anyone who has considered buying a vacation rental, second home, or making a pure real estate investment in Italy.

WOI Destination Club, real estate agency of the Group, now offers a select portfolio of apartments and villas for sale in Italy, all of course inclusive of the expert management and promotion done by Halldis, sister company within the Group.

The portfolio has been selected based on investment opportunities, yield possibility, and location, with apartments and resorts available for sale in areas ranging from major cities such as Milan, to highly requested vacation destinations such as the Lake region or the Alps.


Velazquez on display at the Grand Palais, Paris

The Galeries Nationales in Paris houses an exhibtion dedicated to the works of the Spanish painter Velazquez. The exhibit is organized in collaboration with the Louvre Museum and Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum.
The ‘Galeries Nationales’ are located within the Grand Palais, on the Champs-Elysées (8th arrondissement). Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, the building has an impressive structure - inspired to the Crystal Palace of London - with a glass-and-iron roof and an elegant façade with statues and columns. Since 2000 the Palace has been considered a French historical monument.

The building can be reached by subway lines 1 or 13 (stop: Champs-Elysée/Clemeceau) or by line 9 (stop: Franklin D. Roosevelt).


EXPO 2015: the Universal Exposition in Milan

Expo Milano 2015 is about to start: from May 1st to October 31st 2015, Milan will be home to the Universal Exhibition, the biggest event ever organized in Italy about food and nutrition.
For six months, Milan will be the world’s centre, where the participating countries will show their solutions to guarantee healthy food for all people and preserve the Planet.


Saturday’s numbers - Maths for everybody

Do you love playing with numbers? Would you like to discover a new and unespected side of maths? If the answer is yes, this is for you: a meeting cycle is going to take place at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (in Via Nazionale), on the occasion of the exhibition Numbers. Everything that matters, from zero to infinity.
Organized on Saturday, they offer a valid example of how maths can be applied to other areas, such as cuisine, philosophy and games.


MICAM - Milan’s International Exhibition for Footware and Leather goods

From February 15th to 18th 2015 Milan hosts the Micam, the main Italian exposition dedicated to the fashion footwear sector.

The event, which takes place twice a year (in February-March and September) in Milan Rho Fiera, showcases a preview of the fall/winter and spring/summer collections of footwear, handbags and leather goods.
The fair covers an area of about 70,000 square meters and hosts up to 1,600 companies (1,000 Italian and 600 foreign companies).

This year, the Hall 10 (also known as ‘theMICAMSquare’) will be home to many events and seminars on the new trends, the most innovative materials and the colors in vogue for the next season.
In addition, the Hall 2 has been since 1994 the meeting point for the best international brands and designers, who will have the opportunity to display their latest creations.


Florence - TASTE: quality food on display

From Saturday 7th to Monday 9th, March 2015, Florence hosts the tenth edition of TASTE, part of the cultural programme organized by Pitti Immagine.

The exhibition aims at promoting world-class Italian food products, and it is designed for both national and foreign professionals of the food sector.
TASTE was developed together by Pitti Immagine and Davide Paolini, a famous journalist and radio host also known as 'The Gastronaut' (an expert in fine food). The last edition has realized 15 thousand visitors, 300 exhibitors from all over Italy and about 600 accredited journalists.

Headquartered at the Leopolda Station in Florence, the event displays the best food products and the latest developments of small but innovative companies, carefully selected from the best ones in Italy.

TASTE also comprises the FuoriDiTaste: over 150 events (dinners, shows, tastings and debates) will be organized around the city to entertain the guests attending the exhibition.


Verona: Vinitaly displays wine and excellence

From March 22nd to 25th 2015, Verona hosts Vinitaly, the most important Italian exhibition in the wine sector, which displays the best national and, since 2014, foreign wines.

Vinitaly has over 4,000 exhibitors and more than 155 thousand visitors, a third of them coming from abroad.
The event is organized into several pavillions showcasing the best wines of the different Italian regions, as well as some areas exclusively dedicated to organic wine and local production.

For four days Vinitaly is home to events, festivals, tastings and workshops. There is also a space reserved to each Italian region and a corner specially designed for the ‘Vinitaly Haute Cuisine’.
During the event several important international competitions take place, such as the International Wine Competition, one of the most prestigious in the world, and the International Packaging Competition, which rewards wines and spirits with the most creative packaging.


Charming Christmas in Paris: the Grande Roue

Paris never comes out of fashion, but at Christmas it is even more magic and fun: everyone and of any age will surely enjoy a trip to the French capital to say goodbye to the year 2014 and celebrate the beginning of the new year with a smile.

One of the most fascinating points of interest in Paris is definitely the Grande Roue of Place de la Concorde (Ferris Wheel): it is 60 meters high and offers its visitors a unique view of Paris city centre.
Built back in 1900, the wheel was unfortunately dismantled in 1937 to obtain the much-needed iron. Neverthless, at the threshold of the new millennium, in 2000, the Wheel came back to its original place and, from that on, it has been set up every year, at Christmas, on Place de la Concorde, where it adds a touch of magic to Paris’ festive atmosphere.

If you would like to sit in one of the 42 capsules or admire the over 50,000 light bulbs, hurry up! The wheel is not permanent , but it stays in Paris three months only (from 14 November 2014 to 15 February 2015). Afterwards, it is dismantled and moved to other European cities.
Don’t miss the amazing view of the Champs-Elysées, the Sacred Heart, the Church of the Madeleine, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the elegant silhouette of the Seine.

Full price: 10,00 €
Reducd 5,00 € (children up to 10 years)
Open every day until midnight


Christmas lights! Plaisirs d’Hiver in Brussels

Brussels turns on the lights and shows all its colours for Christmas: this year, from November 28 to January 4, the Old Town - from Place de la Monnaie and La Bourse, to Place Sainte-Catherine and the Grande Place - will be the backdrop for a large array of events celebrating Christmas.

Here the main attractions:
-Christmas tree, 22-meters high and the largest ever used so far; light and colour show (over 1,600 light bulbs) created by Koert Vermeulen at the Grand Place (Mon-Fri: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, every hour, Fri-Sun: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, every 30 minutes; show duration: about 15 minutes)
-Ice Cathedral, the colour and light show illuminating the recently restored façade of Sainte-Catherine Cathedral with a fantastic mixture of 3D special effects (daily, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, every 30 minutes )
-Christmas parade, promoted by RTL, starring a colourful sleigh with six reindeers; during the parade, presents will be distributed to both children and adults (on December 14)
-Giants of the Earth, a special exhibition featuring around 30 huge models of animals, comprising dinosaurs, all perfectly working (at La Bourse, every day, from 10.00am to 6.00pm; Fri-Sat and on public holidays: from 10.00am to 8.00pm)
-Ice skate rink at Place de la Monnaie, the Ferris wheel (55-meter high), the carousel and, of course, the Christmas markets, which are considered the third best Christmas markets in Europe
So, Brussels is really worth a visit at Christmas!


Rome - when Christmas becomes music

Christmas means enjoying happy moments with family and children: is there anything better than a funny show at the local theatre? Rome offers plenty of shows for young people, couple, parents and children: at Brancaccio theatre don’t miss the musical Rapunzel, based on the fairy tale by the Grimm brothers, with the Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini performing the role of Mother Gothel, the evil step-mother that locks the beautiful Rapunzel up in the tower.

For an older audience, we recommend the show The Sound of Music at the Sistina Theatre: it is based on the 1963 film starring Julie Andrews and is perfect for the entertainment of the whole family. The main characters are two famous Italian actors: Luca Ward, who plays the tough colonel Von Trapp, a widower with 7 children, and Vittoria Belvedere, performing the role that used to be Julie Andrews’.
The musical will be staged from December 9 until March, when it will move to other Italian cities.

If you like classical music, try The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet based on a short story by E.T.A. Hoffmann with music by Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij (from December 18 to January 4, at Rome’s Opera House).


Christmas in Milan: Chagall’s exhibition

Until 1 February 2015, Milan Palazzo Reale will be home to the largest exhibition ever dedicated in Italy to Marc Chagall.
The life and the artistic development of the Russian-French painter of Jewish origin are explored through a collection of over 220 works, some of which never shown to the pubblic or coming either from the most important museums in the world, including the National Gallery in Washington, the MoMA in New York, the Centre Pompidou, or prestigious private collections.

The exhibition focuses on the whole career of the artist: the beginnings in Russia, the relocation to France, the return to Russia in 1921, the second exile in France, the period spent in the United States during World War II and the final choice to settle in the French Riviera.
Chagall's works belong to the genre of French contemporary art: the painter was involved in the avant-gardes (Cubism and Fauvism) and was also connected to the School of Paris.
The main themes he focuses on were popular scenes, fantasies from childhood, villages of rural Russia and fantasy moments related to the world of dreams, dance and theater (for example, the cycle of paintings celebrating the Jewish theater is one of the most important ones of Chagall’s career).

Opening hours:
Monday: 2:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Thursday and Saturday: 9:30am - 22:30pm

Full price: € 12.00
Reduced price: € 10.00


Amadeus and Halldis: the partnership to satisfy the short-term rental demand

After a trial period with pilot agencies starting in the early months of 2015, Amadeus shall extend to all its customers the opportunity to book on Amadeus Selling Platform more than 1,300 properties in the portfolio of Halldis, which are distinguished by the variety of solutions and destinations. The offer covers 20 Italian and European destinations, ranging from the ultra-modern loft in the heart of Milan to the quaint cottage with swimming pool in the Tuscan countryside, and is available for short-term rentals as well as medium- to long-term rentals.

"The idea of a partnership with Halldis,” explains Tommaso Vincenzetti, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Amadeus Italy, “was born from the needs expressed by the customers of our travel agencies, who intercepted the needs of some of their travelers looking for solutions that would ensure greater comfort, privacy, flexibility, and a degree of autonomy compared to hotel accommodation in the pursuit of our strategy of continuous enrichment of tourist facilities within our innovative distribution platform. "We chose Halldis,” continued Vincenzetti, “because their philosophy of customer focus and high standards in services is matched by that of Amadeus, not to mention the wide range of offerings and the geographic distribution of strategic solutions."


Halldis: the first operators’ platform for short-term rentals

Halldis, who have managed 1,300 apartments for short rentals in the main Italian destinations for 30 years, has developed an online platform designed specifically for operators within the travel & tourism industry, the first of its kind to allow agencies, tour operators and TMC to offer holiday homes, apartments and villas to their clients.

“The development of a dedicated platform is the result of a process undertaken years ago: on one hand the collaboration with travel agencies for leisure offers based on established relationships but thus far without any technological tools to support their needs; on the other hand an offer for apartments for corporate needs, where accommodation is mostly catered for by TMC and Relocation, for which Halldis has always been a privileged partner”, adds Melgrati.

The free platform allows access to the vast Halldis portfolio of apartments and villas in Italy, verification of availability and tariffs, sending of personalised offers to clients or direct booking in the Erp system on their behalf with paid commission.
“This is not solely a new product of our company but an innovation towards the market: travel agencies are accustomed to similar tools linking them directly to hotels and the airline companies but, until now, nothing similar existed for apartments”, concludes the CEO of Halldis. Apart from the platform, the company also provides other forms of collaboration, such as the API/XML integrated system which allows users to issue the portfolio of apartments directly onto the agency’s website, as a white label. Both the platform and the integrat


Discover Maggiore and Como lake

Lake Maggiore is getting ready for the EXPO, that will take place from May 1st to October 31st 2015 in Milan. So as to connect to the central theme of the Universal Exposition -food and nutrition- the area hosts several events celebrating local traditions, such as Gusta il Lago d’Orta (‘Taste the Orta lake’), a combination of food and art from September 12th to October 25th: it comprises several expositions and tasting menus with both local dishes and samples of African cuisine.

For those who only want to relax in one of the best Italian environments, just head to Como lake and enjoy your holiday: you can visit the botanical garden of Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, have a trip to Bellagio where to indulge in a bit of shopping (precious clothing, silk and jewels), or take part to a concert or an outdoor performance in Como city centre. Here you cannot miss the Researchers’ night, an European initiative taking place in more than 300 cities from September 22nd to September 26th with many laboratories, workshops, experiments, guided tours and exhibitions.

For more information about our apartments on Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, feel free to call us at +1 917 30.00.299!


Visit the Tour de St-Jacques (St Jacques tower)

Visit the Tour de St-Jacques (St Jacques tower)

Until September 28th on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the Tour de St-Jacques (St Jacques tower), a building of important historic value in Paris rarely open to the public.

The tower was built in the XVI century and is dedicated to the famous Paris saint “Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie”, the protector of butchers, and it is located next to Les Halles market.
Unfortunately, the church was destroyed during the French Revolution, but the tower remains -a marvellous example of Gothic art- and has become one of the symbols of the Paris.

The tower is accessed climbing a steep spiral staircase with 300 steps (54 meters, approx. 16 floors); consequently, the visit is not recommended to people suffering from vertigo and claustrophobia.
One of the most famous guests of the tower was the scientist Pascal, who back in the XVII century spent there some time to complete his studies about climate and meteorology.

Ticket 8€, reduced price 6€
Opening hours: 10:00am - 17:00pm

Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques
39 rue de rivoli
75004 PARIS