A regional guide to Italy’s Islands

Capri Campania, one of Italy's Islands

Italy’s Islands are very distinctive places where traditions, languages, and wildlife have evolved in their own way. Pick your next destination with this regional guide to Sardinia, Sicily and the rest… Featured photo © Feng Wei Photography Words by Fleur Kinson Italy, as a nation-state, has existed in its current form for about a century […]

Living on the Islands of Italy

Isola Bella, Taormina

Italy has some of Europe’s most beautiful islands. From sizeable landmasses to tiny gems, you’ll find every kind of Mediterranean idyll here. Island homes make an excellent investment, says Fleur Kinson. Featured photo © VanSky Words by Fleur Kinson Ah, the lure of islands! Naturally romantic places, these spots of sea-encircled land offer a natural […]

Sicily? A holiday you can’t refuse

Are you tempted to visit Sicily? Michelle Jackson, The Novel Traveller and friend of Travel Department, shares her highlights of this wonderful part of Italy. Travel with confidence: Your holiday is a very special time, and Travel Department craft the itineraries to make sure that you get the most enjoyment. The world is continuously changing, and […]

Temples, goats and almond blossom

The Temple of Concordia, sicily

On a hilltop in Sicily stand the ruins of what was once part of a great city – Joe Gartman explores the Valley of the Temples… Photos by Patricia Gartman   It’s called the Valley of the Temples, though it isn’t really a valley at all. It’s a flat ridge on the outskirts of Agrigento, […]

A Sicilian escape

Swimming pool at the Verdura Resort

Sarah Rodrigues discovers a world of relaxation and hospitality at the Verdura Resort near Agrigento in Sicily… Photos by Verdura Resort and Sarah Rodrigues   Standing atop a look-out point surveying the Verdura Resort, it’s striking how insignificant the construction seems in the context of its expansive, 230-acre grounds; the roofs are a mere smudge […]

Exploring Italy’s Past

Piazza Duomo, Syracuse

Paul Beston, an experienced guide from Peter Sommer Travels, explains how an appreciation of the layers of Italy’s history adds an extra dimension to any Italian holiday Photos by iStock     There’s no such thing as an Italian tour. You can’t do justice to this magnificent country by reducing it to that homogenised prospect. […]

Past Italia: Santa Maria del Monte

Santa Maria del Monte, Italy

La Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte climbs to the church of St Mary of the Mount in Caltagirone, Sicily   The Church of Saint Mary of the Mount in Caltagirone dates back to the 12th-century; its staircase is early 17th-century; but the majolica tiles that have made the staircase famous today were only placed […]

Sicily regional property guide

Castiglione di Sicilia village

Fleur Kinson explores the best property prospects around Sicily, where excellent property prospects abound, along with terrific scenery, friendly towns and a temptingly laid-back pace of life Photos by iStock Summers in Sicily are hot and the weather stays pleasantly warm throughout the winter. This favourable climate attracts not only peak-season holiday-makers but also those […]

Homes in Sicily

Catania, Sicily, Italy, volcano Etna

Long summers, spectacular landscapes and super-friendly people are just three things to entice you to Sicily. A vast range of property options – including some of Italy’s most affordable homes – should be another, says Fleur Kinson Photos by iStock   Sitting like a big, bold triangle perched at the toe-tip of the Italian boot, […]

A taste of Catania

catania fish sicily

Sicily has countless charms to tempt visitors, and here Francesca Unsworth visits the island’s second largest city to discover why it is a food-lover’s paradise                         Catania and I didn’t get off to the greatest start. “Take a hike,” was the censored version of […]