Italy

  • 21 The snow show comes to Europe
    The heavy snow across Europe may have provided the kids with outdoor fun and a few unscheduled days off school but the severity of the polar cold snap is especially...

  • 22 Ten top ski resorts around the world
    Baqueira Beret, Spain
The finest ski station in Spain boasts state-of-the-art ski lifts, more kilometres of piste than any other, and its strategic orientation pretty much guarantees good snow. This year...

  • 23 A room with a view of Tuscany
    “Every city, let me teach you, has its own smell." So Miss Lavish, one of the eccentric guests at the Pensione Bartolini explains enthusiastically to the inexperienced Lucy on her...

  • 24 Stromboli: volcanic fire and passion
    Some say that without the scandal surrounding the extramarital affair between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman during the filming of Stromboli, the film would have sunk into insignificance. There are...

  • 25 Leonardo in London
    Under the title 'Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan', the exhibition draws together paintings from collections around the world in an unprecedented display of the rare surviving...

  • 26 Autumn relaxation in the Italian Alps
    Bordered by Switzerland in the north and France to the west, the Italian region of Valle d'Aosta is surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery. With its 25 ski stations and 1,200...

  • 27 Mamma Mia! Monica Bellucci is bellisima at 47
    You can understand just by looking at Monica Bellucci – with her bombshell curves and smouldering good looks – why she says: "I've never felt more comfortable in my skin."...

  • 28 Europe's spectacular natural heritage
    Dramatic mountains – the vast Durmitor massif in the eponymous national park in northwestern Montenegro, the volcanic mass of Mount Teide, and the dramatic Dolomites in the Italian Alps where...

  • 29 The natural wonders of the world
    The idea of listing the wonders of the world is hardly a new thing. The historian Herodotus compiled his own list way back in the fifth century BC, and from...

  • 30 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...

  • 31 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...

  • 32 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...

  • 33 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...

  • 34 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 Italy...

  • 35 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...

  • 36 Sardines ‘Beccafico ’, with a Sweet and Sour Stuffing from Sicily
    Ingredients (Serves 4 as a starter, 2 as a main) 800g fresh sardines 250g breadcrumbs (made from real bread) 60ml extra virgin olive oil 50g pine nuts (preferably long ones)...

  • 37 The world's best sunsets
    Serengeti, TanzaniaPeople 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...

  • 38 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...

  • 39 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...

  • 40 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...



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