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In pictures: Cruising out of Venice

When I found out our cruise was departing out of Venice, I knew I’d have to try and fit in a glass of prosecco in Piazza San Marco on the way. But my plans were thwarted by a rainstorm and a flight delay, and instead we had to head straight on board our ship. Read more

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Tastes of Sicily: Learning to cook like a Catanian

After exploring Catania’s fabulous fresh produce in its markets, it was time to learn how to put it to use. We headed up into the foothills of Mount Etna to meet Monica Consoli, our guide through the delicious world of Sicilian cookery. Monica is the daughter of cookbook author Eleanora Consoli and our class took place in Eleanora’s lovely 18th century villa. Read more

In pictures: Catania’s volcanic coast

For a coastal city, it’s strangely easy to spend time in Catania and forget the sea is even there. Most of the city’s seafront is filled with its busy harbour, but you don’t need to go far to get a taste of sea air. Just north of the city are a string of former fishing villages, where dark volcanic rocks formed by Mount Etna’s eruptions meet the clear turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea. Read more

Tastes of Sicily: Touring Catania’s markets

Like a lot of people, before going to Sicily I’d assumed that as part of Italy it would have a similar cuisine to other areas of the country. But the food of this island is a lot more complex than that. Years of occupation have left it with a mix of influences, so you’ll find ingredients and dishes you’d expect to see in Greece, Spain or even North Africa. Read more

Take 12 Trips May: Culture and cookery in Catania, Sicily

As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip each month – which can be anything from a local day out to an international trip. So far this year my trips have taken me from the North of England to the souks of Morocco and then back to my old hometown of London. Read more

Weekending: Sorrento in Italy

At the top of steep cliffs which drop down into a bright blue sea on the Italian coast south of Naples is the town of Sorrento. In Greek mythology Sorrento was home to the sirens, who lured passing sailors onto the rocks with their songs. Read more

Pompeii: The Roman city frozen in time

“Caecilius est in horto. Cerberus est canis.” This might bring back memories if you were made to learn Latin at school, with the Cambridge Latin Course textbooks about Caecilius, Metella and Cerberus the dog who lived in Pompeii. Read more

In pictures: The colourful harbour of Marina Grande

Tucked away around a headland which separates it from Sorrento is the pretty fishing port of Marina Grande. Pastel-coloured buildings line the harbour and the hillside above it, painted in summery shades of blue, pink, yellow and green. Read more

Inside the volcano: Climbing Vesuvius’ crater

‘We’re going where?’ After trudging up a kilometre of stony, dusty track that looped its way up the side of the volcano, we had reached the top of Vesuvius. Or so I thought. Read more

Capri from above: The summit of Monte Solaro

Towering over the village of Anacapri is the peak of Monte Solaro. At 589 meters above sea level, the mountain is the highest point on Capri and the best place for views across the island and far beyond – weather permitting. Read more

In pictures: Rome’s Colosseum

I might have only had one evening in Rome on my most recent trip to Italy, but there was still time to visit one of the city’s most iconic buildings – the Colosseum. Built around 80AD, it once held over 50,000 spectators who came to watch the best in Roman entertainment. Read more