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.

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Fine art, opera and aperitivos are still par for the course, but this is Italy minus the cliches. Margherita Ragg and Nick Burns guide us through the world’s fashion capital, and its many surprises. Fashion capital of the world or not, Milan has the kind of understated charm that takes…

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The Eternal City still shines with life, and Susana Cristalli reveals the secrets of scutums, squats and square-shaped pizza, along with ancient shopping centres and Christian catacombs. Imagine you’ve been around for over two thousand years and people still come from all over the world to see you and take…

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Slither me timbers, if isn’t Italy’s creepiest festival! Margherita Ragg & Nick Burns took these venomously-good photos at Cocullo’s hisssstoric “Processione dei Serpari” last year. Cocullo is a small village in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, hidden deep in the Apennines. For most of the year it is a…

Travellers who find themselves continually bemoaning the loss of traditional customs and cultures to the all-devouring monster of Capitalist commerce might find a trip to Castellammare del Golfo, near Trapani in Sicily, refreshing. This ancient port, with its medieval fortress, has retained its fishermens’ heritage and many a stocky Sicilian…