Italy

Skiing in Val Gardena

05/02/2019 by .

“These are our rock stars” shouts Isabel, the local guide, her voice almost lost in the wind while we swoosh over a snowy downhill run, framed by craggy rocky summits that look like giant dragon teeth about to gobble up us tiny (fly sized) humans.

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Liguria beyond the Cinque Terre

09/10/2018 by .

Riding an e-bike pedalling through the forest of the Cinque Terre national park, the sense of freedom and solitude I feel is liberating. There are the occasional tantalising glimpses of the Med and a vine terrace or two between gaps in the trees but otherwise, the silence is golden.

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Travelling the Bernina Express

12/08/2018 by .

Insider guide to north west Sardinia

05/04/2018 by .

North-west Sardinia is a popular summer destination with tourists attracted by its coastline and glorious sandy beaches. Out of season, however, it offers other rewards, not least its glorious food and drink, interesting archaeology, hillside castles and deserted seashores.  Now direct flights between London Luton and Alghero make it accessible all year round.

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Ferrara. Emilia’s hidden gem.

06/02/2018 by .

Ferrara is one of the pearls of the Emilia-Romagna region. A region famously productive for so much of Italy’s attraction.

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Touring Campania Wineries

24/04/2017 by .

There’s an old saying “See Naples and die” based on the high incidence of cholera in the 19th century, but on my visit the challenge is to taste over 200 different wines and live to tell the tale. I’m here for the annual Campania Stories event, where producers showcase their different wines, and it’s held inside the hallowed walls of the Santa Donna Regina church.

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