Under the volcano: a tour of Etna and north-east Sicily

In the shadow … the town of Castiglione di Sicilia, with Etna in the background. Photograph: Alamy Sicily holidays Under the volcano: a tour of Etna and north-east Sicily The famous mountain dominates the region but its small towns, food and festivals are just as captivating for a family trip   The little girl, dressed […]

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Great Exhibition of the North: best days out in the north-east

Paul Smith, lead singer, Maximo Park I came up the A19 from Teesside to Tyneside as a student and never left. Newcastle is a compact city, and very manageable on foot. If you breach the city limits you can walk across the Town Moor to clear your head, a huge open space that brackets the […]

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Guernsey goes gastro: a food adventure in the Channel Islands

‘The best things in life are usually closer than you think,” says Luke Wheadon as he pours a healthy measure of his artisan gin over ice. I’m in Guernsey with my husband to discover some of the island’s new food and drink offerings, and we’re sampling Luke’s “gin experience” in the cellar lounge of the […]

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