The Grotto Church of San Michele at Cagnano Varano

We came across it by chance. Driving alongside Lake Varano, a few kilometres from the town of Cagnano, we spotted an inconspicuous road sign pointing to the Grotta di San Michele. We hadn’t heard of it, and didn’t expect to find anything more than one of the many...

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A Visit to Monte Sant’Angelo

High on a hill in Puglia’s Gargano National Park, 800m above sea level, the Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo has been a pilgrimage site for centuries. Today it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a recognition of its artistic and historic importance. In a way, it is...

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Exploring the Hill Towns of the Gargano Peninsula

Drive around the Gargano Peninsula and you will see towns and villages of white-walled buildings perched on the hilltops. Many of these towns look as if time has passed them by, providing a glimpse of a way of life that seems to have disappeared from other parts of...

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Things to do on Puglia’s Gargano Peninsula

There is far more to Italy than the tourist hotspots, and Puglia's Gargano Peninsula is comparatively neglected by overseas visitors. But, as I discovered, this is a beautiful region with plenty to see and do… Walking and Cycling As long as you don’t mind hills, this...

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Valley of the Temples: Sicily’s Greek Heritage

Nestling among the wilds of the Sicilian landscape, the Valley of the Temples comes as a surprise. Sicily is unmistakeably Italian: we had explored hilltowns and Roman remains, and spent long evenings with Italian food and wine. But here we were, in a pocket of...

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Walking on the Roof of the Cathedral of Milan

Never mind that it is a very fine Gothic cathedral, the fifth largest cathedral in the world. What makes the Cathedral of Milan really special is that you can walk on its roof. And not just a short walk, either: you can walk all around the roof, admiring the 3000 plus...

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