Places in Italy
History, human genius and the hot midday sun have conspired to make Rome one of the world’s most seductive and thrilling cities. Roman Feasting A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the lifestyle as it is gorging on art and historic sights. And there’s no better way of getting into the local spirit of things than by eating and drinking well.
Imagine the audacity of building a city of marble palaces on a lagoon – and that was only the start. Venetian Feasts Garden islands and lagoon aquaculture yield speciality produce and seafood you won’t find elsewhere – all highlighted in inventive Venetian cuisine, with tantalising traces of ancient spice routes.
Return time and again and you still won't see it all. Stand on a bridge over the Arno river several times in a day and the light, mood and view changes every time. Surprisingly small as it is, this riverside city is like no other. Cradle of the Renaissance and of tourist masses that flock here to feast on world-class art, Florence (Firenze) is magnetic, romantic and busy.
Tours and activities
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's
Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican...
Tips and articles
40 free things to do in Rome
Travelling to Rome on a budget? Never fear – sightseeing in Italy's magnificent capital city doesn't have to cost the earth...
Six reasons to visit Milan in 2015
For years travellers have dismissed Milan as too cold, too boring and too business-like, seeing it as the ugly sister of fair Florence, historic Rome and romantic Venice...
48 hours in Milan
News flash: Italy was not cryogenically frozen six centuries ago, and Milan is the pulse-quickening proof...
What to eat in Milan
Creamy risottos, tender veal shanks and hearty stews lovingly prepared in the home. Milan lies in western Lombardy, a region with rich culinary traditions, where meat features heavily on the menu...