I've buzzed past the Colosseum on a Vespa, witnessed the Palio in Siena, swum in crystal-clear water off Sardinia. But it was the passeggiata in Siracusa that really brought it home, that made the word 'Italy' one of the few that can instantly erase lines from my forehead. It ain't perfect, of course. Driving in Italy is hairy; the difference between romance and real life in places like Naples and Sicily can be jarring, and tourist crowds are pushing Venice towards crisis. But who wants perfection? That would be boring - one thing Italy could never be. From David to the Dolomites, the Aeolian Islands to the Amalfi Coast, we've tried to capture its essence in our travel pages. Impossible? Absolutely. But it's the perfect excuse to go back... Buon viaggio! - Pól Ó Conghaile 1. Take a Fiat 500 tour in Rome Want to experience the iconic craziness of Italian driving while feeling like you’re starring a 1950s Cinecittà Studios movie? Make those dreams come true with a … [Read more...] about The Italian Bucket List: 25 things to do in Italy before you die!
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Hull's an intriguing city, tucked away at the end of the M62 on the way to nowhere but the North Sea. We all know it's full of surprises with its own distinct character and style. But what are the rites of passage that every proud Hullensian should experience before they pass on to that great cream phone box in the sky? We're not talking big, scary things like skydiving or clambering right to the top of the Humber Bridge. We're talking about everyday, ordinary things that will make you smile and give you the best insight into everyday Hull life. In no particular order, here are the 101 most Hull things you should try at least once. 1) Have a Hull Tequila Slammer at Hull Cheese It uses chip spice instead of salt. Only in Hull could you get a tequila slammer garnished with something most people put on their chips. 2) Get a wolf-whistle from someone very unexpected in Pearson Park He's a cheeky but well-known bird that parrot. 3) Talk into the tidal barrier The major art project, City … [Read more...] about The ultimate bucket list: 101 things to do in Hull before you die
From adult-only inflatable obstacle courses to epic eating challenges there's plenty to keep you, your friends and family busy this summer in Nottingham... even if the weather isn't behaving itself. Grown-ups can wet their whistle down at Nottingham's new craft beer festival while footy fans can cheer on England at the city's very own fanzone - both which are down at Sneinton Market in June. Inside there's plenty of fun to be had too, with multi-award winning musical Titanic docking at the Theatre Royal in July and Walking with Dinosaurs hitting the Motorpoint Arena in August. Take a look a below at more don't miss events. Nottingham Craft Beer Week, various locations, June 9-16 This year more than 30 of the city’s best venues and breweries are involved in the event from June 9 to 16. The Abdication micro pub at Daybrook, Barrel Drop in Hurts Yard, Bunkers Hill, Hockley, Jamcafe in Heathcoat Street, Head of Steam, High Pavement, Southbank City, Friar Lane, and Yarn, at the … [Read more...] about The ULTIMATE Nottingham summer bucket list
It seems staying close to home is, well, here to stay. VisitBritain reported a four per cent increase in trips taken by Brits in England in 2017, and bookings suggest 2018 will be another boom year, as travellers remain cautious with their cash, anxious about the post-Brexit future and perhaps even nostalgic for the family holidays of the past. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean denying yourself world class experiences. You can admire rare artefacts, go on safari, watch a World Cup, tour award-winning vineyards and marvel at ancient Rome without leaving home thanks to an array of excellent homegrown attractions – many new for 2018. 1. Soak up Chinese culture in Liverpool No need to head to China. In February, more than 180 artefacts from the country arrived in Liverpool – appropriately enough, as the Merseyside city is home to one of Europe’s oldest Chinese communities. The World Museum is showcasing an array of objects spanning almost 1,000 years of Chinese … [Read more...] about The great British bucket list: 25 world wonders on your doorstep
Kevin Bacon, the Hollywood actor, recalls being stranded in Mexico, the intense energy of Bangkok and reveals his idea of holiday hell. I only take one family holiday a year ...at Christmas with my wife Kyra [Sedgwick, the American actress] and our children Travis [the actor and musician], 28, and Sosie [the actress], 26. But when they were younger, it was important for us to have regular family holidays, so we did many trips throughout the year, in spring, summer and winter. Thirty years is a long time ...to be married in Hollywood and we both travel for work constantly, so we’re adamant about not going too long without seeing each other. When we’re not working, Kyra and I love “staycations” at our homes in New York and Los Angeles. A hurricane was brewing ...as we flew to Cabo, Mexico to celebrate our 10th anniversary. The airport was flooded, with water coming through the ceiling. When we got to our hotel room, I remembered thinking: “At least we … [Read more...] about Kevin Bacon on his best (and worst) holiday spots – and why he hasn’t checked a bag in 20 years