From world-famous to top secret: the 5 best sights in the Alps

Fresh air, green valleys, snow-capped peaks and breathtaking panoramas: the Alps have so much to offer and not only to the avid hikers. The dramatic mountain range offers incredible diversity across eight countries. But, there are by no means only mountains to be seen – you will find several exciting attractions in the Alps; here are our top 5 picks of the most exciting.

Prosecco Road: discovering liquid gold

A perfect example of how humans and nature can work together to create something close to perfection, the ‘Strada del Prosecco’ is not just a journey for an excellent glass of bubbles, but a pilgrimage to discover the centuries of passion and determination that go into every golden drop. A newly appointed UNESCO heritage site, the Prosecco hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene is an appropriate place to uncork a bottle of the region’s finest.

Nature’s hidden secrets of the Aeolian Islands

Introducing the Aeolian Islands, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, Alicudi and Filicudi; seven natural paradises embraced by the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The ultimate destination for beach-lovers, the Aeolian Islands are also climbing the list of the best places to partake in sustainable tourism – helping to protect nature, while you admire and immerse yourself in the beauty of it.

Secret guide: Venice

A seemingly impossible, wholly mystifying destination, Venice sits resplendent in a moody lagoon. The audacious Venetians built palaces of marble, hiding labyrinthine streets and creating a unique culture that still permeates everyday life. From the rich offerings of the lagoon providing a feast of seafood, to the secrecy and opulence of the Baroque Carnivale and the pioneering Renaissance publications of the Ghetto, Venice has always …

Secret guide: Florence

Immerse yourself in this magically romantic city. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, lose yourself in medieval streets and discover artworks and landmarks belonging to some of the greatest thinkers in history. Intricate, magnificent churches and cathedrals like the Duomo and Basilica di Santa Croce illuminate the city in splendour, whilst Florentines sip espressos and sink into delicious aperitivo on the city’s grand piazzas. Explore …

Secret guide: Tuscany

Tuscany is quintessential Italy, a distilled version of the charms and passions that make the country so unique. Rolling valleys offer up vineyards of international renown, interspersed by a network of startlingly original medieval towns. Straddling the hills, they sit resplendent in the glowing Tuscan light, inviting any traveller to explore their labyrinthine streets to find hidden enotecas, trattorias, and artisan workshops. Renaissance splendour resides …

Secret guide: Rome

No city is quite as captivating as Rome. From the buzz of mopeds to the tempting coffee aromas that sift heavily from a host of classic espresso bars, to the startling sprawl of ancient Roman ruins that pierce the city and halt its modernity, Rome is a treasured hotbed of fervent passion and restless culture. Narrow streets uncover hidden, buzzing enotecas, whilst cosy trattorias and …