Anne Hanley

When in Rome... eat with the Romans

The Italian capital has Michelin shrines aplenty – but for a taste of how locals eat, head for Prati (near the Vatican), the Ghetto and Testaccio, for pizza, Jewish specialities and hearty, meaty fare Read the guide

Shopping in Venice: fabrics and lace

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 the guide

Shopping in Venice: Venetian glass

From the moment you get off your plane or train in Venice, chances are there’ll be someone wanting to sell you glass Read the guide

New Venice hotels: five places making waves in the lagoon

Venice's accommodation scene is changing fast: check out these stylish new hotels Read the guide

The other side of Florence

Cross the Arno, leave the Uffizi and other famous landmarks of Florence behind, and enter a world of real shops, bars full of locals, traditional food and artisan workshops. This is the Oltrarno Read the guide