Secret guide: Lombardy & the Italian Lakes

Medieval towns dot a landscape of vast, crystalline lakes. Lombardy and the surrounding lake region are framed by the dramatic fall of the Alps, creating stunning scenery that leaves any visitor breathless. Whether it’s the draw of Lake Como, which has attracted its share of celebrities and jetsetters, or exploring the medieval citadels of Bergamo or Mantua beset with lavish Renaissance architecture, the region is …

Secret guide: The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast – effortlessly photogenic, indelibly charming, and truly romantic. Precariously clinging to the rocks, technicolour houses form villages that scale the steep slopes, held together by vertical roads and plenty of stairs. They reveal small streets packed with quaint trattorias, boutiques, and impossibly good views. With a string of towns to explore, each with their own unique flair, the Amalfi Coast offers endless …

Verona to Venice: sea mists and deserted side streets

Whatever springs to mind when you think of Italy – hearty bowls of pasta, canals dotted with gondolas, mountains of creamy gelato or tumbling historic ruins, it’s a given that the country has left a powerful imprint on everyone’s imaginations. With the promise of beauty, romanticism and bohemian allure at every turn, a short getaway seemed like the perfect antidote to the bleakness of British …