Category: Italy

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Italian pickpockets

I don’t want to jinx myself, but I’ve felt relatively safe in Venice these past few days. It’s the crowds that make you nervous though, and you can’t help clutching your bag closer when you’re in the push and shove of the human mill race. This morning as I walked...

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How to ruin the beach, Italian style

For a people obsessed – OBSESSED – with outward appearances and generous hospitality, Italians are oddly completely fine with turning their beaches and other public places into uninviting havens of filth. I had a beautiful swim yesterday, but the beach was – how shall we say this? – less than...

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The ‘other’ Gallipoli

I went for a swim today in the Ionian Sea. A first! We’re travelling around the bottom of Italy, in the ‘heel’ of the boot, and today the sun was shining, the wind was calm and the clear blue sea beckoned. It was a bloody beautiful swim. The water was...

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A Milanese shopping trip

Most visitors to Milan might find themselves 500 Euro out of pocket for a Louis Vuitton purse, Prada shoes or Gucci dress. But on a recent shopping trip to the fashion capital we splashed out on true luxury items – soy sauce, sesame oil, curry paste and capers. The difference...

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NIN in Italy

The number one reason you want to live in Europe is for the easy access to awesome gigs, AMIRIGHT? In the space of a few short months I’ve seen Steven Wilson, Depeche Mode, Bloc Party and Nine Inch Nails – and a few more planned shows for the rest of...