“An island up a hill” – that’s how Roberto, a hotel-owner in Sabina, described the Italian region to me. It’s a neat, pretty way of summarising why the area is so little-known, even to Italian tourists. Sabina’s in Lazio, the large province that encapsulates Rome. It’s north of Rome, but not as far north as
I have always been interested in the why of travel: why people want to visit a particular destination, and how that desire comes about. Often it comes from the media, of course, and that is where Travel PR and our rivals come in, working with the press. But equally often, I think, there are other
Although April Fool’s Day is traditionally a day of trickery and pranks for friends and family, since the 1950s the media has become increasingly involved – running bogus news stories and promoting false products. These days it’s likely you’ll be surrounded by dubious news stories on line, on TV and in the papers. So watch
Barga, a beguiling 10th century hilltop town, sits on the edge of Tuscany’s Garfagnana region, nestled beneath the towering peaks of the Apuan Alps and the Apennines. It’s a champion of ‘slow food’ – think locally grown porcini mushrooms, pecorino cheeses, sublime chestnut-inspired desserts, indulgent black truffles and leisurely lunches – but it sticks in my mind for an entirely different reason.