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The LAGO display in Venice's Rialto Market.

Italian furniture company LAGO has chosen an unusual place to display its wares - a lived-in apartment near Venice's Rialto Market. Think of it as a cross between an episode of Big Brother and a romp through IKEA. Three resident designers have outfitted their entire home with LAGO furniture to create an inspirational living space/showroom that is open around the clock. Simply ring the doorbell and you'll be invited in for a tour and maybe even an espresso. Browsers beware: This isn't simply a fun open house. The designers are tasked to meet certain sales targets, so you may face a hard-core pitch. This is the second Appartamento LAGO in Europe; the project made its debut in Milan and more locations are slated for London, Bologna and Turin. 205 Sestiere San Polo, Venice. venezia.appartamentolago.com

A FORTRESS OF LUXURY

Cap Rocat is the type of military compound you'd want to be holed up in for a while. This newly opened opulent hotel was once a 19th-century fortress on a secluded peninsula in Majorca, Spain, and pampers its guests with privacy and amenities that are fit for royalty. Its 24 guest rooms are strategically positioned along the ramparts where guns were once stationed, resulting in unobstructed sea views. Each room has a terrace with an outdoor canopied bed, where breakfast is served upon request. A guests-only beach means that you don't have to share sand, sea and snorkels with the rowdy crowds of Palma. And the old gunpowder depot has been transformed into a dimly lit, private event space called the Bunker. Take note of the atmospheric design elements: bullets are used as door handles and gun carriages double for coffee tables. www.caprocat.com



WAY OF THE ROSES: FROM PUB TO PUB

Pedal across northern England on the Way of the Roses, a new 270-kilometre coast-to-coast cycling track that runs from Morecambe Bay in Lancashire to Bridlington Bay in Yorkshire. With scenery that has been plucked from a Jane Austen novel, the route passes through quaint country villages, past historic cathedrals and the rolling landscape of Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are plenty of rustic pubs and charming tea shops along the way for refreshment. The route will be unveiled on Sept. 11 to mark the 15th-anniversary celebrations of the National Cycle Network. To buy a Way of the Roses route map (available at the end of August for £6.99) and for more information go online. www.sustrans.org.uk

AN OFFER AL PACINO COULDN'T REFUSE

Al Pacino is Broadway-bound. After an eight-week run in The Merchant of Venice at Central Park's Delacorte Theater, the Academy- and Tony-award-winning actor is taking his portrayal of Shylock to 44th Street. This is a momentous occasion for New York theatre. It has been 20 years since The Merchant of Venice has played on Broadway (Dustin Hoffman was Shylock at the 46th Street Theatre back in 1990) and Pacino himself hasn't graced a Broadway stage since 2003. The play runs for 78 performances only, from Oct. 19 to Jan. 9 at the Broadhurst Theater (235 W. 44th St.) www.broadhursttheater.net



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