Italy

  • 21 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...

  • 22 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...

  • 23 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...

  • 24 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...

  • 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 Italy...

  • 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...

  • 27 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)...

  • 28 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...

  • 29 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...

  • 30 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...

  • 31 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...

  • 32 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...

  • 33 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...

  • 34 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...

  • 35 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...

  • 36 Naples, the birthplace of pizza
    Even officials in Brussels are fans of the Neapolitan speciality: it's just over a year since the European Union awarded the dish the status of 'Traditional Speciality Guaranteed'. But, despite...

  • 37 Scooting around Rome
    You'll probably be slightly stunned at first by the sheer volume of traffic, but once you've got the hang of it, there you'll be, like Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck...

  • 38 The landscapes, dreams and desires of Dali, at the Royal Palace, Milan
    Dali is back in Milan and he's there in his rightful place as the grand master of Surrealism. Over 50 of his works have been collected in the Palace of...

  • 39 Nhow, Milan, where modern design meets professional hospitality
    Carefully spanning the distance between tradition and modernity, the latest trends and counter-trends, high fashion and underground style, minimalism and state-of-the-art technology, the Nhow hotel in Milan achieves a balance...

  • 40 Sunsets over the Med: views to remember
    There may be no better spot on all the Mediterranean coast to watch the sun set than Cabo Sunion, a vantage point which, from the dawn of history, has offered...



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