Cinque Terra authorities plan to fine you for flimsy footwear

Authorities at an Italian tourist hotspot plan to fine any tourists who wear thongs or sandals when visiting the area.


Volunteer in this Italian village

Four lucky people will be given the opportunity to volunteer in this magnificent ancient Italian village for three months to help breath new life into the community.


Is the Leaning Tower of Pisa losing its lean?

One of the world’s most popular and most photographed landmarks – the Leaning Tower of Pisa – is losing its lean and, possibly, its appeal.


Preparing food for paying guests in a Tuscan restaurant

This Tuscan cooking class came as quite a surprise when it turned out we were cooking a meal for paying guests of a boutique hotel.


Opera in Tuscany for only 20 euros, a night to remember

A night at the opera in Siena, Tuscany is a wonderful experience whether you love opera or not, and it won't break the bank at only 20 euro a ticket.


Two days and 200 Euro in Florence

Famed as a centre of wealth for centuries, Florence need not cost a fortune. Here’s how to make the most of the Tuscan capital for less than 200 Euros and in just 24 hours.


Italy is doing whatever it can to attract new residents

Italy is in the midst of a 10-year recession and will do anything to inject some life into its economy – even offer cash and free historic properties as incentive for people to move there.


Why the Amalfi Coast’s Pathway of the Gods is paradise on earth

Italy has long been considered a land of myth and legend and, as Kay O’Sullivan will tell you, the Amalfi Coast’s Pathway of the Gods certainly warrants being called paradise on earth.


Did somebody say free wine?

Never mind the Trevi Fountain, the Italians have gone and shown off again, this time by installing a free wine fountain. This is not a joke – FREE WINE for all.


Searching for George Clooney in Como

Turns out all those Where’s Wally? books were a great warm up for finding George Clooney in Lake Como. So which villas should you prioritise when seeking out the silverfox?


Why Italian women always look stylish

Many women lust after the idea of looking like the French, but for me it’s always been about the Italian women – no matter their age they always look impeccable. But why?


Travel SOS: should I reconsider my Italian travel plans?

Euan has been planning his trip to Italy for several months but the recent earthquake has left him uncertain. In this week’s Travel SOS, we outline what he should consider before he leaves.

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