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Pompeii: extraordinary and unforgettable

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When visiting the ruins of Pompeii, our advice is to watch your step. Pomeii’s excavated streets are narrow, with massive cobblestones waiting to trip the unwary. But then, [...]

Ravenna: an Italian jewell

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“If you think these are good, make sure you visit Ravenna.” That advice – from a fellow traveller – came as we marvelled at the stunning mosaic floors [...]

The medieval beating heart of Siena

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Although often in the shadow of nearby Florence, the charming provincial city of Siena is a favourite destinations in Italy. For a start, the heart of Siena retains much of [...]

The Duomo di Milano: huge yet lacy

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Mark Twain sure knew what he was talking about when he described Milan’s Duomo as “grand and vast –  yet delicate”. The American author went on to add: “What a [...]

Amazing Rome tugs at the heart

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“What did the Romans ever do  for us’ is surely the silliest question ever. One of the world’s most beautiful destinations and the capital of a wonderful [...]

Limoncello: nectar of a wonderful land

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Italy’s magnificent Sorrentine peninsula, Amalfi Coast and Isle of Capri are some of the most beautiful places on earth. With astonishing scenery; picture-postcard towns [...]

Oh, take us back to Baveno

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Baveno, in northern Italy, is one of our favourite destinations. Sitting on the shore of Lake Maggiore, the town is literally a slice of heaven: a world away from the [...]

Proving that size doesn’t count

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It may be the world’s smallest state, but Vatican City is still one of the most remarkable attractions on the planet. With a population of about 1,000, Citta del Vatican [...]