By 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

Four idyllic Umbrian hideaways

Wedged between fashionable Tuscany and Le Marche, Umbria is often overlooked. However, it has panoramas to rival Chianti’s and hotels that are stylish and relatively cheap. Here are four of the best

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

Shopping in Venice: food and wine

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

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