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Italy

Gangi, Sicily

Voted the most beautiful village in Italy in 2014, Gangi doesn’t have a village feel. From the minute you start the long, convoluted climb to

A town too often overlooked: Scicli, Sicily

We went to visit Scicli because of its fame as the location of Montalabano’s Vigata. But even if you’re not a Montalbano fan, it’s a

Chasing Montalbano: Scicli, Sicily

It took me forever to remember to pronounce Scicli as Sheekly and it’s not like I was short of teachers or correctors. Vigata was much

Chasing Montalbano: Donnalucata, Sicily

Montalbano likes the water. He likes to swim. And he likes to walk the beach. But looking at his place in Punta Secca and the

Chasing Montalbano: Punta Secca, Sicily

In July 2019, one of my favourite men in the whole wide world died. Italian Andrea Camilleri created the character Salvo Montalbano and when Camilleri

Desktop travel

I read this morning that on this day, back in 1386 , St John of Capistrano, leader of the 1456 Battle of Belgrade, was born.

Monkfish in Venice

If you only have one day in Venice…

If you only had one day in X, what would you do? I put this question to people who have been places I’ve not been

Lido

How many Venetian islands are there? I asked myself that question and managed to name 6. Just 94 or so short of the actual total.

Biennale Venice

Biennale (2): Arsenale

People travel to Venice every other year specifically to see the Biennale. Me? I just happened to be there when it was on. If it’s

Biennele

Biennale (1)

People travel to Venice every other year specifically to see the Biennale. Me? I just happened to be there when it was on. If it’s

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