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La Dolce Vita in the Italian Lakes: Visiting Como, Italy

Lake Como epitomises La Dolce Vita – conjuring up images of 1950s film stars speeding across its sparkling waters on motorboats or zipping through narrow streets on a Vespa. This famous lake lies to the north of Milan, where…

Day trips from Sorrento, Italy

8 of the best day trips from Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento is one of my favourite places in Italy. It has stunning sunsets, clear blue seas, delicious food and views for miles. But as well as being a fantastic place to visit in its own right, it’s also surrounded…

Churches and canoli: What to see and do in Catania, Sicily

Churches and cannoli: Things to do in Catania, Sicily

Built into the foothills of Mount Etna, Catania is Sicily’s second-largest city. But when it comes to tourism, it’s often overshadowed by more famous spots like Taormina or Syracuse. Catania has a reputation for being a bit chaotic and…

Sirens and sunsets: What to do and see in Sorrento, Italy

Sirens and sunsets: Things to do in Sorrento, Italy

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 now it’s the panoramic views, sunshine, fantastic food and…

Herculaneum ruins near Naples, Italy
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The ghost city of Herculaneum, Italy

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…

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

Today it’s one the most famous Roman sites in the world, but Pompeii was just another Roman seaside resort until Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Just a day later, thousands of people has been killed and the whole…

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…

View across Capri from the top of Monte Solaro, Italy
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Capri from above: The summit of Monte Solaro

Towering over the village of Anacapri is the peak of Monte Solaro. At 589 meters above sea level, the mountain is the highest point on Capri and the best place for views across the island and far beyond –…