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.

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…

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…

If you come here to see Juliet’s balcony, you’ll be going home talking about everything else, says Alice Mulhearn, as she guides us through one of the world’s most romantic cities… In Verona there is a golden hour. It starts at around 6 o’clock – later during the languorous days…

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do!” Giulia Riva is our Rome-based, born-and-bred, blogger and she’s here to show us how best to spend €500 in the Eternal City… come rain or shine. My first day back to work after a wonderful summer trip to Portugal and I was…

Already thrown your two cents in the Trevi Fountain? Well what next? Here is our Rome-based expert Giulia Riva with her seven favourite "alternative" hotspots in the Italian capital...