Portoferraio Travel Guide

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Your guide to travelling in Portoferraio, Elba… Portoferraio Elba Map © Google What to see and do ACQUA DELL’ELBA Acqua dell’Elba, the island’s perfumer, creates fragrances based on Elba’s scents and colours, from deep blue to turquoise. The business does a lot to sponsor the arts and the environment in Elba. ELBA WINE ROAD The Costa More...

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Portoferraio Harbour
By Helen Greaves On Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

48 hours in Portoferraio

Spending a weekend in Elba’s capital Portoferraio is the best introduction to the island, says Jane Gifford Mythology has it that Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love, was visiting one of her many More...

Rialto Bridge Venice San Polo
By Helen Greaves On Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

Over the bridge to San Polo

Adrian Mourby takes us on another of his guided walks around Venice with a visit to San Polo, the cradle of the city Rialto Bridge, where our walk begins (Credit: Getty Images)   San Polo can claim to be where More...

Florence in Winter
By Helen Greaves On Friday, January 20th, 2023

An at-a-glance guide to Florence in Winter

Winter is a great time to visit Florence, and you will see the city in a new light – though if it does happen to snow while you’re there, you’ve been very lucky! You might not find an excuse to stop for a More...

Varese Estense Palace and gardens
By Helen Greaves On Friday, January 20th, 2023

48 Hours in Varese

Val Nicastro visits the “Garden City” north of Milan that is, among other things, home to a palace that one Italian poet described as “Little Versailles” With an enchanting old town, unmatched natural beauty More...

tuscan beekeeping, colourful beehives
By Helen Greaves On Thursday, January 12th, 2023

Beekeeping in a Tuscan retreat

Amy McPherson takes a tour of the apiary of Borgo Pignano and finds a heaven not only for the guests enjoying the luxury surrounds of this Tuscan retreat, but also a sustainable paradise for the estate’s bees More...

Bagolino winter carnival costumed people
By Helen Greaves On Thursday, December 15th, 2022

Discover The Bagolino Winter Carnival

We follow Marina Spironetti in her discovery of one of Italy’s most beautiful and lesser-known winter carnivals in the Alpine town of Bagolino… Images by Marina Spironetti Getting to the small town of Bagolino More...

ancient arch porta napoli in lecce puglia
By Helen Greaves On Thursday, December 1st, 2022

Lecce: Puglia’s Baroque Lady

Amy McPherson takes a tour around the baroque city of Lecce in Puglia and discovers that there is a lot more to the ‘Florence of the South’ than meets the eye. It seems that I am eating all the time in Lecce, More...

By Sarah Williamson On Monday, November 7th, 2022

An Italian Christmas with Mario Matassa

We go behind the scenes of an Italian Christmas with Mario Matassa as he explores the rich and austere festive food and traditions of Italy… Emilia-Romagna©GettyImages To describe a celebration of food as More...

By Sarah Williamson On Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

A tour of the Porticoes of Bologna with Tom Benjamin

Bologna’s historic porticoes, a pervading symbol of the city’s hospitality, have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. We join novelist and Bologna resident Tom Benjamin for a guided tour of his highlights. (1) More...