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They will guide you through lesser-known attractions, off-the-beaten-path adventures, and authentic cultural experiences that will leave you awe-inspired. Stretch your legs outside the city by picking a hike that works for you, from a few hours to a full day, from easy to hard. Tucked away in a particularly mountainous kink at the eastern end of the Italian Riviera, the villages of the Cinque Terre (pronounced chin-kwe ter-re, with a rolled "r" sound) were shaped by their profound isolation. I grew up in this territory at Biomasseria Lama di Luna, my family's organic masseria, one of the typical farmhouses open to guests that delineate the landscape. Hotels can book out for the entire April to October season (as the locals laughingly say, there is no shoulder season) and are almost all closed outside of that.

A travel journalist for over 20 years, Paula contributes regularly to Lonely Planet and newspapers like the Financial Times , The Telegraph and The Guardian . Take in the spectacle that is Venice’s Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) 3, a seafront masterpiece of 14 th-century Venetian Gothic.A botanical garden and bird watching center sits on a rocky promontory up the hill from the pebbly Fossola Beach. Admiring Italy’s architectural icons often involves little more than keeping your eyes open as you roam around its historic towns and cities. Revel in the exotic drama of Palermo’s Arab-Norman architecture as showcased in the Cappella Palatina and Palazzo dei Normanni 2 . Shoes and hats A hat can be a summer lifesaver, especially at the big archaeological sites where there’s often little shade. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, videos, 14 languages, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day.

Julia swapped life as an editor for UK newspapers for freelance life from the floating city and weekends exploring Italy’s rail network. Then there’s the old town of Parasio, overlooking Imperia – every corner a composition of twisting alleys, cascades of greenery and the blue sea. The result is a country awash with extraordinary buildings, from Gothic cathedrals and Renaissance palaces to baroque basilicas and contemporary eco-skyscrapers.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. She will take you for a slow late afternoon horseback ride immersed in the Alta Murgia National Park. The Three Tenors in Concert (Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo; 1990) The first collaborations between the three opera maestros.

A conversation held without driving home each idea with the help of a well-practised hand movement – and a swear word or two – is only half a conversation. Eurochocolate Perugia’s medieval centre sets the stage for the city’s October homage to all things chocolate. Head to Turin’s northern hinterland to visit the Reggia di Venaria Reale 3, a sumptuous Savoy residence that inspired French rival Versailles. It’s no secret Tàccaru, for example, is processing the beautiful century-old dead olive wood to replant young resistant olive trees.

I live in Bologna, where locals are conditioned to scoff at Modena, but my crush runs deep (many bolognesi have never even been! Between glasses of wine, if you get hungry, check out La Taverna del Porto in Tricase and Farmacia dei Sani in Ruffano.

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