Italy

  • 21 Portofino, the height of Italian chic
    The earth tones of rusty browns, oranges and terracotta of the simple facades curving round the fishing port could almost be mistaken for a medieval painting were it not for the mega-yachts that bring...

  • 22 Magical Mediterranean islands
    Brac (Croatia) 
 Zlatni Rat – the 'golden cape' – near Bol is probably Croatia's finest beach. The beautiful horn of pale sand juts into the sea, extending for nearly half a mile, and is...

  • 23 The Amalfi Coast – leave your map behind
    Cliffs, vineyards and lemon groves, mansions that look out to the sparkling sea across the hilltops, and heart-stopping views at each twist in the road that weaves its way along the Amalfi Coast: La Strada...

  • 24 Luxury on the high seas
    When you hear the word 'cruise' perhaps you picture a kind of floating package tour aboard a vast and impersonal ship where thousands of passengers occupy identikit cabins in a kind of multi-storey floating...

  • 25 Curvaceous Kelly makes a splash on the beach in Naples
    First Helena Christensen strutted her stuff in a teeny tiny bikini. Then Gwyneth Paltrow and Karolina Kurkova showed off their enviable figures on the beach too. But holidaying in...

  • 26 Which summer festival will you choose?
    Veranos de la Villa – Madrid's Summer in the city One of the year's top diary dates in the Spanish capital. Dance, theatre, zarzuela (Spanish operetta) and concerts are all performed on stages...

  • 27 Angela Hartnett's recipe for mussels with tomato sauce
    Ingredients (Serves 4) 2kg mussels 2 tbsp olive oil 1 thyme sprig 3 garlic cloves, crushed bunch of flatleaf parsley, stalks removed and leaves chopped 150ml white wine...

  • 28 The world's best sunsets
    Serengeti, Tanzania People who have had the good fortune to visit the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania say that until you've seen the sun set over the great orange plains you haven't lived. The image...

  • 29 Cinque Terre: inaccessible and unspoiled
    Around a hundred kilometres south along the coast from Genoa, the Riviera di Levante is home to five medieval villages known as the Cinque Terre. Their colourful houses perch high on the cliffs in a landscape...

  • 30 The (very stylish) art of travel
    Starting in London with a private viewing at the National Gallery, Venice, Paris and Bath are the destinations for these unique journeys in classic trains, each in the company of an expert guide. With...

  • 31 Capri: a luxury resort since Roman times
    Back in classical times, the Emperor Augustus described it as the island of dolce far niente – the expression that captures so well the Italian understanding of 'the sweetness of doing nothing';...

  • 32 Eat like an Italian
    Antonio Caluccio and Gennaro Contaldo are two of our most celebrated Italian cooks. They both left their homeland over 30 years ago and have since gone on to become very successful in the UK, as restaurateurs,...

  • 33 Sardinian chic on the Costa Smeralda
    The transformation of this wild, practically uninhabited, stretch of Sardinia's northeastern littoral began back in the Sixties, when it was 'discovered' by the Aga Khan. Together with a group of wealthy...

  • 34 An invitation to the Palazzo Farnese
    In the exhibition The Palazzo Farnese: From the Renaissance collections to the French Embassy, a total of 150 works – including paintings, sculptures, drawings, coins and ceramics – tell the...

  • 35 The masked magic of Venice Carnival
    The European city that we all associate with carnival has to be Venice, where the festival is brought to life with a spirit unique to this romantic city with its watery filigree of canals. And it's not...

  • 36 Carnival around the world
    There's no doubt the Venice carnival is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Whether you're actually lucky enough to wear one of the vintage costumes and enigmatic masks of what is one of the most traditional of...

  • 37 Venice by moonlight
    The mixture and justaposition of medieval and renaissance, religion and trade, dandyism and populism that make Venice what it is must be seen to be believed. And there's no better way to experience the...

  • 38 The most romantic destinations for lovers

    It's that time of year again, when Valentine's Day looms and love is on everyone's lips. Maybe you think February 14th is just another date on the calendar, but there are plenty who will be using it as...

  • 39 Ski resorts with star quality
    Not all adventure films have a ski chase, but if there's going to be one, who would do it better than James Bond? In 1999, director Michael Apted chose Chamonix in the French Alps as the location for...

  • 40 Tuscany: countryside and culture
    A couple of weeks just doesn't do justice to the ten provinces that make up this region half way between central and northern Italy. But it doesn't really matter. In places like Tuscany, it's best to accept...



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