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Is Venice still romantic?

A gondola going down the Grand Canal

Last May, I was setting out to spend a quiet weekend at home, when I received a text message from my good friend Elisabetta, who lives in Dublin. Hey bella, come va? We are in Venice this weekend. If you fancy a lunch and a hug, drive down. We would love […]

A postcard from… Boccadasse

Sunset in Boccadasse (Genoa)

At weekends the small fishing village of Boccadasse in Liguria comes alive. The colourful narrow buildings, which seem to be holding on to each other to avoid sliding into the sea, surely attract a few tourists. Yet, it is mostly people from Genoa. Those who live in Boccadasse and meet near […]

Wandering around Perugia

Piazza IV Novembre, Perugia

After only four days in the region, I was already enraptured with Umbria. I had meandered through the quiet alleys in Assisi, explored Isola Maggiore on Lake Trasimeno, strolled in the green and peaceful countryside and – all along – enjoyed delicious traditional food.