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#1/28
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Destination: Positano
Whenever I go on holiday I gain inspiration for my designs. Positano in Italy not only provides me with this, but offers the perfect setting to relax, swim and explore ... read more »
#2/28
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5
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Destination: Capri
With its designer shops and fashionable bars, beautiful Capri is a favourite with the rich and famous – but a holiday there need not cost the earth. Here’s how to plan a day while saving your euros... read more »
#3/28
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5
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Destination: Venice
Experience food shopping at its most Venetian while putting together a picnic. Read my guide and find out where to buy the finest cakes in Venice, excellent cheese and some perfectly quaffable wine... read more »
#4/28
Rating:
5
(1 comment)
Destination: Venice
Trip type: Cultural, Shopping
From the moment you get off your plane or train in Venice, chances are there’ll be someone wanting to sell you glass... read more »
#5/28
Rating:
5
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Destination: Rome
Trip type: Shopping
The delightful cobbled lanes around these two Roman landmarks are great places to browse for antiques, design, books, jewellery, and offbeat fashion items in Rome... read more »
#6/28
Rating:
5
(1 comment)
Destination: Rome
Trip type: Shopping
South of Corso Vittorio you'll find Rome's most picturesque produce market, a whole street of cut-price fashion stores, and a scattering of quirky design and homeware emporiums... read more »
#7/28
Rating:
5
(1 comment)
Destination: Rome
Trip type: Shopping, Short Break
In a world dominated by global brands, Rome still abounds with small, characterful boutiques and delis. From Italian cheeses to shoes, oil paints and ecclesiastical cloth, the Eternal City has it all... read more »
#8/28
Rating:
5
(1 comment)
Destination: Rome
Rome isn't known for its cheap hotels, but internet bookers are driving down prices while a new crop of boutique b&bs is offering style on a budget. Here are my tips on where, and when, to stay... read more »
#9/28
Rating:
5
(1 comment)
Destination: Rome
Trip type: Cultural, Shopping
Within a two-hundred metre radius of the Spanish Steps, you can hoover up the latest trends just as easily as you can in Milan – and at the same prices... read more »
#10/28
Rating:
4
(1 comment)
Destination: Milan
Dress to impress, dine with finesse, relax in top hotels and indulge in some high end retail therapy. Your bank manager won't like it but you will love it - and everything else that Milan has to offer... read more »
#11/28
Rating:
4
(1 comment)
Destination: Venice
Trip type: Cultural, Shopping
At the height of Venice’s glory, the city's textile shops were so much in demand that they were open 24/7. These days, they keep more regular hours, but they are still hugely popular... read more »
#12/28
Rating:
4
(1 comment)
Destination: Milan
Trip type: Shopping, Short Break
In a city where bus drivers wear Prada and policemen wear Armani, it's no wonder they take their clothes shopping seriously. Welcome to the fashion-conscious streets of Milan... read more »
#13/28
Rating:
4
(1 comment)
Destination: Rimini, Riccione
Once derided as the Blackpool of Italy, Rimini is making waves as the buzzy party resort of the Adriatic. Yet, with its miles of golden sands and historic centre, it has more to offer than clubbing... read more »
#14/28
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4
(1 comment)
Once you've relaxed as much as you possibly can in Sorrento, it makes a great base for further exploration, with Capri, Vesuvius, Pompeii and Naples all just a day trip away... read more »
#15/28
Rating:
4
(2 comments)
Market stalls piled high with lovely food, trattoria waiters with time to chat and no queues (except at Tiffany's on Christmas Eve, but that's another story); Florence and Pisa are a delight in winter... read more »
#16/28
Rating:
4
(2 comments)
Destination: Bolzano
At Bolzano's Christmas market Italian and mitteleuropean cultures combine in a cosmopolitan mix... read more »
#17/28
Rating:
4
(7 comments)
Destination: Naples
The Italian city of Naples: colourful disorganised chaos or sleek luxury and style? Discover where to stay to enjoy the very best of Naples... read more »
#18/28
Rating:
4
(8 comments)
Destination: Florence
We made our first visit to Florence with great anticipation. We hoped that we would find fabulous art treasures, a historic centre and great food in a stylish city. We were not disappointed... read more »
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Rating:
3
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Destination: Lucca
Lucca may not have the famous sights (or infamous crowds) of nearby Florence and Pisa, but it has its own gentle charms and quiet pleasures - making it the perfect place to relax and unwind... read more »
#20/28
Rating:
3
(2 comments)
Destination: Milan
Whether it's fine wine, fine food, fine art or fine clothes, the northern Italian style capital that is Milan is a must see destination - preferably through massive sunglasses... read more »
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