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...
Places in Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre's easternmost village, Riomaggiore is the largest of the five and acts as its unofficial HQ (the main park office is based here). Its peeling pastel buildings tumble like faded chocolate boxes down a steep ravine to a tiny harbour – the region's favourite postcard view – and glow romantically at sunset. The famous Sentiero Azzurro coastal path starts here.
Guarding the only secure landing point on the Cinque Terre coast, Vernazza's small, quintessential Mediterranean harbour guards what is perhaps the quaintest of the five villages. Lined with little cafes, Vernazza's main cobbled street, Via Roma, links seaside Piazza Marconi with the train station.
Bequeathed with more grapevines than any other Cinque Terre village, Manarola is famous for its sweet Sciacchetrà wine. It's also awash with priceless medieval relics, supporting claims that it is the oldest of the five. Due to its proximity to Riomaggiore (852m away), the village is heavily trafficked, especially by Italian school parties.
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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...
Ten ways to spend summer in Italy
It’s the season to enjoy la dolce vita, whether driving the Amalfi Coast, watching the sunrise in Venice or tracking down the best gelato in Sicily...
Italy's lesser-known regions
Perhaps you have already seen the art and archaeology in Rome, the lemons on the Amalfi Coast and the winking mosaics of Venice’s San Marco...