Travel

Estense Castle, Ferrara

Ferrara

21st April 2013
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The exquisite UNESCO World Heritage site, once home to the d’Este family, is rich with Renaissance art and architecture. And it’s also very easy to walk/cycle around, and there’s plenty more to capture the imagination: ‘In Italy in the 16th century, food was considered as much an art form as music or theatre’. So writes…

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Krakow Schindler Factory

Krakow

13th March 2013
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The German army marched into Kraków on 6 September 1939. By November, all Jews over the age of 12 were commanded to wear armbands. This was the beginning of the occupier’s segregation of the population.

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The 10 best things to do on the island of Capri

13th November 2012
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Capri is a mere half-hour’s ferry or hydrofoil ride away from Naples. This beautiful island is synonymous with stars, style and impossible glamour but, away from the central Piazzetta, it’s also a place of stunning natural beauty and calm. Charles Dickens once wrote ‘In no place on earth are there so many opportunities for delicious…

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Venice – Lights, camera, action…

23rd October 2012
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Playing host to the oldest film festival in the world, La Biennale, Venice is used to seeing stars, but the city itself has played a starring role in some of the world’s most famous films. The magnificent palazzi and churches rising up out of  watery ‘streets’, the narrow alleyways that echo with the city’s long…

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Doorways Porto

Ten things to do in Porto

24th September 2012
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Portugal’s second city offers endless possibilities. Here for a weekend break? Check out my top ten things to do in Porto. 1. Hostel or hotel? Budget usually dictates whether you choose a hotel or a hostel, but if you’d never considered ‘roughing it’, you might think about it in Porto. Some of the hostels here…

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Rimini

10th September 2012
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  On 31 October 2013, Rimini celebrated the anniversary of the death of one of its most famous sons, Federico Fellini. Film director Fellini created such masterpieces as La Dolce Vita (winner of the Palme d’Or in 1960), and 8½ (listed by Sight & Sound as the 10th-greatest film of all time). In 2012 I visited Rimini…

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La Rondinaia, Ravello

Gore Vidal’s Ravello

2nd August 2012
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August 2012 Gore Vidal died on Tuesday at the grand old age of 86. And what a life he lived. Author, screenwriter and sometime actor, Vidal never shied away from a hot topic – homosexuality, mental illness, transgender politics, all made it into his books and plays – and he wasn’t short of a good…

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Mille Miglia, Bologna

Mille Miglia

29th July 2012
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In 2012 I visited Bologna as part of the Blogville Project. The idea, developed by the Tourist Board, was to give bloggers a base from which to explore Emilia Romagna. I visited the Ducati Museum, made pasta with the Casa Artusi mariette in Forlimpopoli. I even took part in the world-famous Mille Miglia vintage car race. My…

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Ferrari Museum, Modena

Modena

29th July 2012
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Balsamic, Bottura and beautiful cars…

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Federico Fellini, Rimini

La Dolce Vita

21st July 2012
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Cool hotels, stylish bars and endless beaches, Rimini just got its mojo back. Film director, Federico Fellini, and his iconic films, such as Amarcord, La Strada, 8 ½ and La Dolce Vita, are shorthand for cool and sexy, but his birthplace of Rimini was once considered a little down-at-heel; harsher critics described it as the ‘Southend…

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