Italy

Urban travellers are spoilt for choice when exploring the country that has left a cultural and culinary legacy to the world, arguably greater than any other. From revelling in La Dolce Vita in Rome, to visiting venerable Venice and Verona, frolicking in Florence, mooching around Milan and boozing it up in Bologna, Italy’s cities are both stunning and stimulating.

bologna weekend break

Europe’s oldest university city has plenty of distinctive features, from Ferrari factories and epic arcades to great food, lively nightlife and even its own leaning towers. Marissa Tejada reveals the best things to do on a city break. Bologna is hardly high profile, keeping under the radar in northern Italy.…

cannaregio venice

The second largest of Venice’s six historic districts, Cannaregio is arguably the best place to search for the ancient soul of La Serenissima. Alice Mulhearn reveals the finest sights, cicchetti bars and things to do in the zone… Most visitors to Venice never get to see Cannaregio’s better side. For…

Testaccio rome italy

A hill of broken jugs, a misplaced pyramid and the bones of Shelley and Keats are just some of the reasons to drop by Rome's quirkiest district says Marta Nightingale-Styczen. Why not join her for an aperitivo?

trieste short breaks

A city of castles and cliffs (and coffee!), forged by a mix of Roman, Venetian and central European powers, Trieste is Italy’s cosmopolitan outpost in the east. Gaia Zol is our insider guide. Trieste’s charm is in the city’s countless guises. It stands as the last Italian rampart in the…

rome-horse-riding

There’s no need to gallop off into the countryside, because here in Rome horse-riding is going urban. We sent our local correspondent Giulia Riva to saddle an Italian stallion and find out more… Like every little girl growing up, I used to love unicorns and horses. While it proved impossible…