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The art of slowing down in southern Italy

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In Puglia, a region of graciously warm residents and low lying hills, days are spent restoring ancient frescoes, hand-rolling pasta and shepherding sheep – all on Italia time.
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Florence’s best-kept secret

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Known by few and accessed by even fewer, the Vasari Corridor echoes with the footsteps of dukes and tyrants, and lays claim to one of Europe’s most exclusive art collections.
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A new perch with views of Rome

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Rome’s latest monument, the Big Bambu – a 33m-high structure that resembles a bird’s nest – is both an art exhibition and a place to recline and hide away.
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Florence’s fading artisan culture

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The working-class Oltrarno district is home to artisans who have been crafting elaborate leather, silver, gold and paper products for nobles and other elites for more than 500 years.
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The Oltrarno artisans

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Peek inside the studios and shop windows that line Florence’s Via de Michelozzi to discover one of the city’s best-kept secrets.


Five of the world’s newest wonders

From a fuming Italian volcano to India’s land of kings, these natural and manmade marvels are the latest treasures to be honoured on Unesco’s World Heritage list.


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