Italy

  • 1 Lake Como: the celebrities' Italian paradise
    George Clooney, Madonna, Donatella Versace and Sir Richard Branson all own or have owned villas on northern Italy's idyllic Lake Como. Surrounded by roaming mountains that are dotted with tiny pretty...

  • 2 When in Rome: Paul Hollywood teases fans that the Colisseum will be new GBBO venue
    Paul Hollywood has jetted off to the famous capital of Rome for a city break – and he has been keeping his fans au fait with his Italian adventure. The Great British Bake Off judge has shared a...

  • 3 Ten of the most beautiful places on the planet
    Looking for holiday inspiration? Click on the photo below to see a gallery of ten amazing places that will make you want to book your next holiday straight away. The glorious selection of photographs,...

  • 4 Italy's most romantic villas fit for a honeymoon
    Millie Mackintosh jetted off to the Island of Anacapri, Italy, last week following her romantic wedding in Babington House in early September – accompanied by none other than her new hubby Professor...

  • 5 Wake up a princess in one of the world's most beautiful palaces
    Want to feel like a princess for a day? Stay in one of the world's palaces that have been transformed into lavish hotels. With the finest of furnishings, the most beautiful of interiors and breathtaking...

  • 6 HELLO! Editor takes an Umbrian road trip
    Suave Homeland actor Damian Lewis's starring role in a cool promotional film for the new F-Type Jaguar – the first sports car created by the British manufacturer in a staggering 52 years –...

  • 7 Tuscany: the homely haven that seduces the stars
    The famed Italian hospitality is prevalent in Tuscany, which is one of the best places to catch the good vibes of La Dolce Vita. The area, with its sprawling countryside full of Cypress trees, can only...

  • 8 When in Rome: What to do in the Eternal City
    Rome is one of the most romantic and oldest cities in the whole of Europe. In 2012 alone, it was the setting for two fairytale celebrity weddings, those of Cat Deeley to comedian Patrick Kielty and Nick...

  • 9 Pope's paradise: the historic villas where the pontiff will retire to during the conclave
    Scroll down for video When the 117 cardinals enter Vatican City to elect the next pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI will have left the havoc inside the city's walls far behind, opting instead for the shaded...

  • 10 Wind down the romantic canals of Venice
    The film world has descended once more on the magical city of Venice for the 69th Venice Film Festival. But away from the glitz and glam of the red carpet exists the fantastic art and culture of one of...

  • 11 Sicily, where the Corleone family has its roots
    The mere mention of Sicily triggers inevitable associations with the Mafia, at least in part because of the acclaimed Godfather trilogy. It's now 40 years since the first of the three films was released,...

  • 12 Lux in Arcana: the Vatican secret archives
    From the court records of the trial of Galileo Galilei, to the request for annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon, the Vatican archives house innumerable documentary treasures....

  • 13 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 severe in Poland, Romania and the Ukraine,...

  • 14 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...

  • 15 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 first visit...

  • 16 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...

  • 17 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 works of...

  • 18 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 kilometres of pistes,...

  • 19 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 green...

  • 20 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 then on many have been unable to resist the...



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