Italy’s famous five – the Cinque Terre

Although well known as a holiday destination, the Cinque Terre remains surprisingly mellow.

The Father of the Risorgimento

Revolutionary and intellectual, Rosie Whitehouse tells the story of Giuseppe Mazzini.

Something fishy

Author Rosie Whitehouse takes us fishing off the coast of Noli.

A bitter paradise

Mary Shelley’s summer on the Golfo dei Poeti was not as idyllic as you might think.

The silk road

Author Rosie Whitehouse takes a tour of Genoa’s silk merchants.

The demon of the Mediterranean

The Barbary pirates ramsacked towns along the north African coast in the 16th century.

Buzz off!

The story of Rinaldo Piaggio, creator of one of Italy’s icons – the Vespa.

The Cricket

Beppe Grillo — comedian, political activist, a founder of MoVimento 5 Stelle.

Where to go in May

From fireworks to frying pans, here’s where to travel in May.

Christmas bakes

Tired of the traditional mince pies and Christmas pudding? Why not tempt your friends and family this Christmas with one of these festive bakes?