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Top 10 wild swimming locations in Italy

Come on in... from emerald lakes to river beaches and crashing waterfalls, we pick 10 of the most beautiful and secluded inland locations from the new book Wild Swimming Italy<p>More wild swimming: in France and the UK<p>1 Torrente Fer, Piedmont<p>Torrente Fer, near the forest of Cignas, is a beautiful …

Giorgio Locatelli's Sicily

Ancient Roman bikinis, Arabic couscous and the world’s best ice-cream … The Italian chef tells of his soft spot for Sicily<p><b>Sicily is the most exotic place in Europe.</b> It was the most important piece of land in the Mediterranean for thousands of years and lots of Greek and Arabic influences remain.<p><b>I'm</b> …

Touring Venice's wetlands: a very different kettle of fish

An hour from Venice lies a land of canals and deltas, dotted with fishing villages and trattorias, offering our writer an authentic taste of the lagoon. Plus five hidden trattorias along the Adriatic<p>As the plane begins its descent to Venice's Marco Polo airport, like most of the passengers, I'm …

Morocco: MasterChef comes to Marrakesh

Marrakesh and I have history. I spent a few days there, half a decade ago, and returned home half enchanted, half bruised. I loved the verve and bustle, the brightly coloured pottery, the vividly flavoured food and the exquisite architecture, but I was frustrated by the sense that I was missing too …

The Big Picture photography competition: round 303

Cinque Terre: on the trail of Italy's famous five

After storms devastated Italy's Cinque Terre three years ago the paths joining the area's picturesque towns are open again. Our writer swoons over these amazing coastal hikes<p>In the late afternoon, the small, medieval town of Vernazza, on the Italian Riviera, is as perfect as Italy gets. With the …

Rome city guide: a day in Monti

One of Rome's old residential neighbourhoods, Monti retains a bohemian edge and is a great spot for an alfresco coffee, to savour the local street food, and shop for alternative fashion<p>Monti is central Rome's secret urban village. Tourists dutifully tick off the Colosseum, the Quirinal hill, the …

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