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Giant lemons in Sorrento

Sirens and sunsets: What to do and see in Sorrento

In Greek mythology, Sorrento was home to the sirens, who lured passing sailors onto the rocks with their beautiful songs. And it still pulls in the visitors today – though today it’s the panoramic views across the Bay of…

Herculaneum ruins near Naples, Italy
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The ghost city of Herculaneum

Below an unassuming town south of Naples lies a buried Roman city – but not the one you’re probably thinking of. Herculaneum was covered by the same eruption that destroyed its more famous neighbour Pompeii in 79 AD. But where…

Praiano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
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Peaceful in Praiano: Off-season on the Amalfi Coast

In a country packed with beautiful landscapes, it says something that the Amalfi Coast is ranked as one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of coastline. This string of pastel-coloured villages are cut into a steep hillside, with jagged mountains…

Sailing out of Venice, Italy
In pictures

Cruising out of Venice // In pictures

When I found out our cruise was departing out of Venice, I knew I’d have to try and fit in a glass of prosecco in Piazza San Marco on the way. But my plans were thwarted by a rainstorm…

Aci Castello on the Catania coastline, Sicily
In pictures

Catania’s volcanic coast // In pictures

For a coastal city, it’s strangely easy to spend time in Catania and forget the sea is even there. Most of the city’s seafront is filled with its busy harbour, but you don’t need to go far to get…

Fruit and vegetable stalls in Catania market, Sicily
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Culture and cookery in Catania, Sicily

As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip each month – which can be anything from a local day out to an international trip. So far this year my trips…

Pompeii: The Roman city frozen in time
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Pompeii: The Roman city frozen in time

“Caecilius est in horto. Cerberus est canis.” This might bring back memories if you were made to learn Latin at school, with the Cambridge Latin Course textbooks about Caecilius, Metella and Cerberus the dog who lived in Pompeii. I…

Climbing Vesuvius’ crater
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Inside the volcano: Climbing Vesuvius’ crater

‘We’re going where?’ After trudging up a kilometre-long stony, dusty track as it looped its way up the side of the volcano, we had reached the top of Vesuvius. Or so I thought. To our right a neatly fenced-off…