Four Days in Florence

Vicki Lutas | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Lutas

If you go to the Uffizi gallery (which houses ACTUAL Da Vinci), book early, book before you leave the country, book before you even know if you're going to Florence! No, but really. Do book early.

A Taste of the Sweet Life

Lizzie Mulherin | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Mulherin

Between June and October each year, thousands of sun-seekers from across the globe make their way through the infamous windy roads of Italy's iconic Southern Coastline and it's certainly no mystery as to why.

Milan: the Culture and Events Hub That Mustn't Be Ignored

Richard Dodgson | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Dodgson

Last year, Milan was ranked among the top 25 world cities with the most powerful brands, according to the first Guardian Cities global survey. Its position in the list - above the likes of Tokyo, Berlin, and Beijing, owes much to a sturdy economy, its excellent shopping and fashion offerings and its range of cultural attractions.

Welling Up Outside the Room of Tears - The Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Whilst Michelangelo's frescos on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are divinely exceptional, it was also the manner in which I basked under their glory which magnified the spiritual response within me.

Padua - A City of Culture, Art and Architecture

Peter Morrell | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Morrell

The academic heritage of the city sets the scene for it's many cultural, artistic and architectural attractions. My exploration started at the Basilica dedicated to St Anthony of Padua.

5 Charts About Migration That You Shouldn't Forget

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK

The rising number of migrants who die on their journeys across the Mediterranean is laid bare in five charts, which reveal that deaths in the region m...

Igor Prokop: One of the Top Artists at the Chianciano Biennale in Tuscany

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Within such a cornucopia of talent, Igor Prokop, an artist born in Budapest, stands out with a presentation of highly-elaborate and colourful paintings strongly influenced by nature and corals.

Art Review: Marco Lusini and the Post-War Italian Artists

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Due to the overwhelming interest in Italian art from the 50s to the 80s, we are rediscovering less-known artists from such Golden Era that played a ...

Five Reasons to Visit Rome in 2015

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Rome will always be an enigmatic and culturally treasured European city, but there are a number of reasons why 2015 is the year you should visit for the first time, and if you've already been, why it's time to go back...

Holiday With The Italians: The Tuscan Riviera

Jo Carrigan | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Carrigan

There's something to be said for the Italians - they do it bloody well. And by "it", I mean everything; food, wine, football, and as I found out recently on a trip to Tuscany, incredible beach resorts.

A Short Walk Home

Edward Lloyd Owen | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK
Edward Lloyd Owen

It's been an extraordinary experience; difficult, hot, cold, lonely, funny, emotional and mentally and physically exhausting in a way I couldn't have imagined. But crucially also hugely rewarding, not just for myself, but also in the raising of the money for Walking With The Wounded, which I hope will only increase (£18k to date). And, thankfully, only truly scary once or twice...

Hunting the World's Most Wanted People Smuggler

Alex Crawford | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
Alex Crawford

There is no rule of law and much of the state infrastructure is crumbling with government employees complaining about not being paid. And it's here in Tripoli where the Italian investigators traced Ghermay to, where they believe he's living and from where he manages his multi-national human trafficking business. And it's here he will carry on operating, safe in the knowledge he can't and won't be caught - no matter the protestations and political pledges to crack down on the gangs and the networks. Because Libya is anarchic and that means the smugglers can operate with impunity.

If You Despise the BBC, You Will Really Enjoy Rai!

Paola Buonadonna | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK
Paola Buonadonna

But vandalising the very concept of a public service broadcasting - with its mission to be creative, inclusive, intellectually curious and journalistically challenging - doesn't get you a smaller, leaner BBC. It gets you Rai - a still expensive, monolithic structure that is very much less than the sum of its parts.

Europe: More Than Fraying at the Edges

Alistair Burnett | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

The EU is teetering on the brink of Grexit as the two sides continue to play a momentous game of chicken. On Sunday, Greeks will be voting in their referendum on whether or not to accept the conditions the EU and IMF have put on giving the country another bailout - and the polls are so finely balanced it's too close to call.

On Juliet's Balcony, With Three Children ~ Verona, Italy

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

I am a huge fan of the 'place around the corner'. We were lucky to find the beautifully designed Ristorante L'Orologio around the corner from our hotel. Outstanding food and superb service, the children loved everything they tried, as did I.

Swastika Appears On Football Pitch In The Middle Of A Match

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Sport

Football fans were horrified when what appeared to be a swastika appeared on the pitch during a match between Croatia and Italy. Officials frantica...

Planet Appetite: Bioculture - Art Walks and Organic Wine in Le Marche, Italy

Rupert Parker | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Combining nature, organic wine and culture, the Bioculture App guides you on a 19 day series of linked walks in Le Marche, Italy, providing information about the attractions along the way with specially created artworks.

Planet Appetite: Sicily - A Continent of Great Wines

Rupert Parker | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

For its 12th edition, Sicilia en Primeur, in Taormina, Sicily, previews the latest vintages of Sicilian wine, with nearly 300 different tastings offered, and proves that it's the Italian region with the largest number of hectares of vineyards farmed organically.

Real Food In Florence

Danny McCubbin | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

My work takes me to Italy often and recently I was fortunate enough to meet and befriend a local Tuscan Food Blogger by the name of Claudia Guarducci. Claudia writes a food blog called Pandiramerino that showcases ordinary people cooking extraordinary food.

Seven Great Places for a Road Trip

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

The classic road trip vacation; it's an all-American, wholesome, and cultural pastime, one that dates back to the Second World War. But not all road trips have to begin in America. If you're after a thrilling driving holiday with views to make you feel alive, here are seven great places for a classic, old-fashioned road trip.

Death on the Mediterranean: One Teenage Migrant's Story

Secunder Kermani | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Secunder Kermani

I spent the last week on the Italian islands of Lampedusa and Sicily - both on the frontlines of migration to Europe from Libya. There I met migrants from countries as diverse as Syria, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Sudan. All risked their lives travelling across the Mediterranean.

Russell Brand Has A Surprising Reaction To Katie Hopkins' Migrant Boat Column

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK

Russell Brand says we must "be really loving" towards Katie Hopkins, despite also claiming that her controversial column on 400 migrants who drowned i...

400 Drowned Fleeing Libya As Migrant Boat Capsizes

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK

Survivors of a capsized boat off Libya have told Save the Children that 400 people are believed to have drowned in one of the worst tragedies of Europ...

Tales From the Middle of Nowhere: The Good, the Bad and the Bubbly Pt 5

Noel Gallagher | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Gallagher

After about six months we left the TV studio and were taken out to some swanky restaurant, which was indeed a night club, which was indeed the preferred hang out for yer Milanese footballer. All the women (and there was a LOT of women) looked like Mick Jagger when Mick Jagger looked like an Italian woman (1965-1969!).

Five Reasons to Visit Rome in Spring

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

Summer in Rome is baking hot and very crowded, and autumn and winter can be chilly and wet. Come March, however, the city is bathed in sunshine and trees start to bud with new life. Spring is a great time to visit Rome, and we've listed five reasons below.