A local’s guide to Trieste: 10 top tips

The Italian port city has blossomed from being a frontier post at the edge of the Balkans into vibrant cultural hub – with excellent seafood Trieste’s Barcolana regatta – in pictures Discovering Trieste also means discovering The Carso, a steep limestone plateau that follows the Gulf of Trieste and the Slovenia border, is perfect for […]

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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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Holiday guide to Basilicata, Italy: what to see plus the best restaurants and hotels

Imagine a region that has miles of white sand beaches on one coast, picturesque rocky bays on the other, two mountainous national parks, and one of the world’s oldest cities. Add lots of warm sunshine plus fine food and wine and you might expect the area to be a tourist mecca, busy with hotels and […]

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A local’s guide to Rome: 10 top tips

‘How do you cope with the tourists?” is a question that you get used to when living in Rome. But the truth is, for most of my time there, I hardly saw them. My first apartment was a stone’s throw from the Vatican, which meant that the local shops all sold rosary beads and holy […]

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