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A typically lavish performance of Turandot at the lakeside Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago

Hit a high note on Tuscany’s Puccini trail

Destination: Tuscany

For opera buffs, following in Puccini's footsteps around Tuscany and watching his works performed under the stars in Torre del Lago makes for a blissful break

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The amazing Roman bridge that still carries traffic today, two thousand years after it was built

Rimini: much more than a beach holiday

Destination: Rimini

Rimini may be well known as Italy’s major ‘sun, sea and fun’ destination, but there is another side to this popular and historic city that is too often missed by visitors

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Amelienbad Swimming pool

Time for a new view on Vienna

Destination: Vienna

“You must go to Vienna – it’s like Paris, but without the French!” So says the David Frost character in the film Frost/Nixon. But is he right?

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The colourful façades of the iconic ‘Cases de l’Onyar’ in Girona’s old town are reflected in the river

Girona: a year-round delight

Destination: Girona

Often overlooked in the Barcelona rush, Girona, the medieval second city of Catalonia, is a bustling cultural centre with a lively and creative attitude

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Fiesta, old city, Cartagena

Cartagena: a colonial gem

Destination: Cartagena

Cartagena is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world – go to see it now, before the secret gets out that Colombia is not that dangerous

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Gate and camellia at Tregothnan

A garden tour of Cornwall

Destination: Cornwall

A tea plantation, swaying palms, giant banana trees… who knew Cornwall was so exotic? Welcome to a magical tour of the southwest's horticultural highlights

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The Field of Miracles, with the Duomo next to the famous Leaning Tower

There's more to Pisa than a tower that tilts

Destination: Pisa

The famous Leaning Tower may bring the tourists in their thousands, but many miss the wealth of other interesting sights that Pisa has to offer

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The ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius lurking menacingly in the background

Pompeii: a city risen from the ashes

Destination: Pompeii

Nowhere else on earth gives as vivid an insight as Pompeii into how ordinary people lived 2,000 years ago - or shows so graphically how they died

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Toledo's cathedral dominates the old city

Toledo: city of steel with a soft centre

Destination: Toledo

It's well worth going on a quest to unearth the ‘real’ Toledo hidden behind a breathtaking collection of tourist-trap monuments

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Buy your own onion dome at Pechory Lavra

Kiev's a knock-out

Destination: Kiev

From boxing champs to bowls of borsch, Kiev's quirky attractions make it one of the highlights of the former Soviet bloc

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