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Murano’s merchants of Venice

Venice has a history of glassmaking that dates back to the 13th century, but its future now looks shaky. However, efforts are being made to preserve the tradition

Grand Hotel Villa Cora

In verdant hills on the outskirts of Florence, this mansion is perfect for a relaxing stopover

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In the heart of the action

For the last 40 years the Costa Smeralda has been renowned as one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations; Eccelsa Aviation’s new terminal lies at its very heart, and is our Best Fixed Based Operator for Western Europe

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Milan, the art of the city

Milan’s reputation as a fashion hub is universally known but its dedication to modern art receives less attention. Julianna Barnaby discovers the weird, wacky and wonderful side of the avant-garde

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Unraveling Genoa

Since being crowned European City of Culture 2004, the tangled capillaries of old town Genoa have flowed to a nascent business centre at the heart of a city poised to lock horns with the likes of Milan and Rome. Lucia Cockcroft gives us a taste of the contrasting dynamics at work in this growing business location

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Floating above Venice

Want a new take on Venice? Take the canal’s eye view – just hire a boat for the week in the lagoon and cast off says Stephen Bleach

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Rome’s eternal foundations

Rome, one of the greatest sightseeing cities in the world, offers a bewildering array of attractions cloaked in a rich tapestry of history and culture

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Rome

Few cities are as immortalised in international folklore as the Italian capital; even fewer are able to live up to hype. Yet standing beside the Coliseum in Rome, or gazing up at the roof of the Sistine Chapel, or simply taking in the stunning panorama from one of the seven hills, you might start to […]

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Milan

The fashion-conscious will know it as the design capital of the West, the launching pad for the visionary talents of Gucci, Armani, Prada and many more. The sports-mad will know it for its football teams, AC and Internazionale, who have produced more European Champions and World Cup winners than any other city in Europe. Art […]

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Venice

A busy, bustling, booming San Marco Piazza welcomes you off the boat and throws you in the deep end of this liquid land. The stunning Saint Mark’s Basilica looms across Andrea Tirali’s pavement as you stroll across the plaza, before losing yourself in the narrow, steep-sided maze of Venice’s ancient streets and bridges. Gondolas flow […]

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Florence

For the sheer romance of the Renaissance, it is hard to look beyond this sumptuously stylish city; if this were a beauty pageant, meet the new Miss World. Florence’ wealth was built on the fortune and stewardship of the Medici dynasty, who commissioned the likes of Michaelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo to sculpt a landscape of […]

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Naples

If you stop to look a while, you can almost see the ghosts of this once-beautiful city still trapped in the crumbling facades of its cobbled terraces. While Milan, Florence and Venice strut their stuff with wild abandon, Naples sighs at the margins, before embracing life with far more gusto than glamour. There’s much to […]

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