Italy holidays: Foodies will adore Bologna – and its exquisite architecture is a tasty treat, too

Bologna is not as imperious and debauched by power and history as Rome, not as aristocratically elegant as Florence, nor as ludicrously picturesque as Venice. However, it has a unique character, kept lively by students attending the oldest university in Europe. And to distinguish itself from Pisa, Bologna has two crazily leaning medieval towers. Italians … Read more

A Sicilian sizzler: Pretty Palermo is perfect in autumn, with fewer crowds and plenty of sunshine.

The Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez said: ‘Going to Sicily is better than going to the moon.’ That might be overdoing it, but the largest island in the Mediterranean has an enigmatic element to it, with its baking hot interior, religious fervour and associations with organized crime. Now pedestrianised, the historic core of its magnificent … Read more

A Sicilian sizzler: Pretty Palermo is perfect in autumn, with fewer crowds and plenty of sunshine.

The Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez said: ‘Going to Sicily is better than going to the moon.’ That might be overdoing it, but the largest island in the Mediterranean has an enigmatic element to it, with its baking hot interior, religious fervour and associations with organized crime. Now pedestrianised, the historic core of its magnificent … Read more