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Free-time itineraries and travelogues to discover a hidden Italy.
We journey through a mysterious land of disappearing Madonnas, self-appointed Kings and ancient languages.
Help! Your holiday plans have gone terribly wrong and you've only got an hour and a half to see Rome. Don't worry - just step on the 110 and set off on your very own magical mystery tour of the Eternal City.
As Parma's Parco Ducale opens its gates once more we wheel out our bicycles and go for a springtime cycle through Parma's magnificent parks.
A journey from Rome to Potenza takes us off the beaten track to discover enchanting towns and a spectacular Samnite theatre.
Visit Tuscany - from forests to fossils and castles to Chianti.
Three stately homes, less than half an hour from Milan, where you can take some time out in some of the country's most beautiful gardens
One of the hidden treasures of the Mediterranean, the Isle of Giglio is just an hour from Tuscany's Porto Santo Stefano yet in many respects it could be part of a very different time scale. Join us as we discover the delights of this island in the sun . . .
Go on the Orchid Trail in the Apennines near Reggio Emilia.
Two hours in Florence in the footsteps of two famous families . . . and a serial killer.
When does a copy become an original? Why are the Americans so interested in the small museum of Possagno? How did Antonio Canova safeguard his heritage? Read on to discover the answers to these questions and much, much more . . .
From Mount Mottarone to the shores of Lake Maggiore.
A journey to the centre of Italy, through archaeological remains and lakeside beauty.
San Remo is blooming brilliant
Visit a Messina steeped in tradition with echoes of its Arab past.
We discover Jesolo and Caorle through the eyes of the great American writer Ernest Hemingway.
Barren yet beautiful, harsh yet haunting, Mount Majella in Abruzzo is half invocation, half curse.
From the Quattro Canti to the Spasimo and from the Cathedral to the Capuchin crypt. We take you through a Palermo where east meets west and old mixes with new.
Peace and quiet is just a boat trip from Naples in the charming little island of Ischia
When in Rome do as the (Ancient) Romans did - spoil yourself in one of Italy's many thermal baths
Even when the chips were down during the war Italy's casinos kept their doors open to a public trying to escape from the harsh realities of everyday life. Italy's four casinos still draw crowds ready to risk their money in the hope that Lady Luck will look their way.
Do you come home from holiday more tired than when you left? Maybe you should follow in the illustrious footsteps of Verdi, Orson Welles and Princess Grace and take some time out in the delightful spa resort of Montecatini.
Wine-tasting in the hills of Franciacorta and fossil-finding in the Stirone river park.
From culture to culinary delights and ghosts to ghettos, here is a Venice you have never seen before...
Some people are born travellers, others, on the other hand, spend their best holidays at home . . .
There's lots to do in Castiglione della Pescaia - follow us and find out more . . .
We visit Rome for the Six Nations and discover the one essential ingredient in Italian rugby - passion.
We put on our show-shoes and take a leisurely stroll through the snow fields of Madonna di Campiglio. Join us . . ..
Coasts, castles and squalls - we travel through Friuli-Venezia Giulia towards the garrison towns of Gorizia and Gradisca
When we enter an art museum we take our sight for granted. Now thanks to two revolutionary museums in Ancona and Bologna the visually impaired and blind are no longer excluded from the world of art .
Get away from it all in one of Italy's best-kept secrets - the Marches. Hyped as 'the new Tuscany' discover this area before the secret gets out . . .
The brief history of a building full of Eastern promise and Russian aristocrats
A foot through the spokes, lions, rats and blasphemy. Memories blur and blend in Modena's most famous monument
We go to the Langhe for a feast of food, wine and literature
Natural beauty, history and mysticism come together in this important centre of spiritual tourism.
Fancied a holiday in the mountains but couldn't get a hotel? Head for Trento instead. Take a look around its monuments and you'll be charmed by the mediaeval atmosphere of one of Italy's most modern cities.
Who can resist the crystal-clear waters of Lipari? And who can resist a mouth-watering meal after their swim. Join us as we sample the seas and specialities of one of the jewels of the Mediterranean . . .
There's nowhere in the world quite like Matera. It's Sassi - the ancient cave dwellings which are now a UNESCO heritage site - were, up until just 50 years ago, hellish slums where the people lived in poverty and disease and, in the near future, could become holiday chalets for people like me and you . . .
There's more to the Po river than mist and mosquitoes. Join us as we follow the great river from Cremona to Mantua and discover a world of hidden delights
Join us as we take a stroll through Ferrara's Jewish ghetto and along the city walls
In the bustling city of Milan 75 minutes are a lifetime. We suggest you spend them on the Number 4 tram and discover a new laidback side to this busy metropolis.
Walking in the Alps today, it's hard to imagine that these beautiful mountains were once the backdrop to some of the bloodiest battles of World War One. Lest we forget . . .
We delve into the dark heart of Naples, weaving our way through a subterranean system of passageways and streets, where people lived, loved and died through its beleaguered history.
Disused factories and abandoned warehouses are opening their doors to an eclectic series of cultural initiatives. Let's take a look . . .
Today's journey takes us from the ancient forests of the Gargano promontory deep into the heart of Southern Italy.
Menacing and magnificent, a kaleidiscope of colours over 3000 metres high. The breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites will leave you speechless.
Dying for a coffee? The head for the Pantheon, Rome's temple to coffee...
Through twisting roads on an ancient pilgrimage - a savage beauty is born.
Discovering the town that discovered Copernicus - 2000 years before he was born . . .
From Sirmione, erstwhile haunt of the Roman poet Catullus, to Salo', home of D'Annunzio's sumptuous villa.
The round-Italy boat race starts in Cervia on the Adriatic coast
A holiday in Palermo is a trip through time and culture, where Arab-Norman churches rub shoulders with the Kabul of today . . .
We visit the Dolomites in the International Year of Mountains and remember those who laid down their lives on these peaks during the First World War.
Refresh both your body and soul with a trek in Trentino.
Half-finished houses, dormant trams and disappearing landscapes. A voice in anger against the everyday abandon and dereliction that is Messina.
We step back in time and take an unforgettable journey by steam train through Tuscany's Val d'Orcia.
As the evenings begin to stretch and we shed our winter layers what better way to herald the arrival of Spring than an afternoon in one of Italy's ornamental gardens. Here are three to whet your appetite . . .
If you think all skiing stops in the Alps then this is the article for you. We travel south along the Apennines and discover ski resorts a stone's throw from the sea . . .
Discover Pescara, home of D'Annunzio and cradle of the Abruzzo people. We will take you to the towns and cities on route discovering new places to visit and fun facts for each one.
Feel like staying in town this Spring? Then go and visit the Dolomites. No, we're not joking: if you don't believe us take a trip to Belluno. Seeing is believing
Spend a relaxing day with your family and friends at the Adda Prehistoric Park near Lodi.
Stroll along the seafront or climb the peaks of Gran Sasso. From culture, to history and natural beauty - there's something for everyone in Abruzzo.
Castles, lakes, deer and the finest wine you've ever drunk. Man and nature combine to perfection in Trentino-Alto Adige.
At some stage in every party worth remembering someone will strike the chords of "Funiculi' Funicula'". one of Naples' most famous - and most mispronounced - songs. .
A one-time Arab emirate and jewel in the Moorish crown Sicily is breathing a new wind of Islamic culture. We take a trip through modern Muslim Sicily and discover a land when past and present mix . . .
We go wine and truffle tasting in the Langhe in Southern Piedmont.
We go to Padua to see Giotto's restored frescoes and find time for a boat trip through the city's canals.
We visit the scenes of the Vajont disaster, in the heart of the Dolomites and discover a place where nothing is as it should be
Often neglected by the tour guides, botanical gardens offer a much needed refuge from the overload of sights and sounds of many Italian cities. Here are three to whet your appetite . . .
We travel to Potenza - one of Italy's most unlikely tourist destinations - and find a haven for fans of functional and post-nuclear architecture.
Discovering Trastevere, with its hidden mosaics, miniature bells and a little-known museum of Roman poetsDiscovering Trastevere, with its hidden mosaics, miniature bells and a little-known museum of Roman poets
We go to Gressoney for an eclectic mix of winter sport and culture for a holiday to suit all tastes
On the Tuscan coast, also known as the Versilian Riviera, Viareggio is well connected with direct train services to and from Pisa (Centrale), Firenze, Livorno and La Spezia.
Garden enthusiasts and budding botanists should head for Ventimiglia, just before the French Riviera for an amazingly overgrown garden teeming with tropical plants and handed down to us by a genuine English lord.
'We go to Fossacesia, a charming town overlooking the sea, and discover a beautiful Cistercian abbey plus an ancient method of fishing still in use today.
The festive season give skiers time to head for their belovedslopes. And what better way to celebrate a white Christmas than moonlight ski? Here are some of our suggestions for your very own midnight run.
Palermo is a cultural crossroads between east and west, north and south. Poignant, pungent and powerful, Palermo is a city of contrasts, vivid colours, strong smells and deep sounds. Let's visit the Kalsa and Vucciria market.