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  • Exploring Matera’s cavernous dwellings in Italy

    Exploring Matera’s cavernous dwellings in Italy

    September 24th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    Italy’s southern region of Basilicata is home to one of the country’s most distinctive towns: Matera. It’s a fascinating place, not least for its unique topography and intriguing history as a Mediterranean troglodyte settlement. Thanks to its biblical, otherworldly feel, it’s been used as the setting for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ too. Rough Guides... Read more »

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  • Solving the mysteries of Pompeii, Italy

    Solving the mysteries of Pompeii, Italy

    September 24th, 2013Site Editor
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    Pity the poor folk picking through the rubble of the Forum in Rome. To make the most of the ruins there you have to use your imagination. In the ancient Roman resort town of Pompeii, however, it’s a little easier. Pompeii was famously buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD, and the result is perhaps the... Read more »

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  • Heading into deepest mafia country, Italy

    Heading into deepest mafia country, Italy

    September 23rd, 2013Site Editor
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    The deep south, toe-end region of Aspromonte is still considered by many Italians to be out of bounds. For it is here, among the thick forests, crenellated mountain peaks and tumbledown villages, that the n’drangheta, or Calabrian mafia, based their empire until the 1990s. The organisation had its origins in landless nineteenth-century peasant workers who... Read more »

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  • Doing penance in the Sistine Chapel, Italy

    Doing penance in the Sistine Chapel, Italy

    September 20th, 2013Martin Dunford
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    You’ve seen them a thousand times before you even get there. Michelangelo’s ceiling and wall frescoes of the Sistine Chapel are perhaps the most recognizable pieces of art in the world, reproduced so much that they’ve become part of the visual furniture of our lives. Getting to this enormous work isn’t easy; indeed, it’s almost an act of... Read more »

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  • 17 weird foods of the world

    17 weird foods of the world

    September 6th, 2013James Rice
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  • Interactive Map: The world’s best street food

    Interactive Map: The world’s best street food

    August 19th, 2013Site Editor
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    One of our most popular galleries recently was our round-up of street food across the globe. From bunny chow to poutine, it had a variety of suggestions for hungry travellers. Here we’ve pinned those photos to one of our world maps so you can see where to go for your next foodie fix. Where would... Read more »

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  • Creepiest places around the world

    Creepiest places around the world

    August 15th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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    There is something alluring about the eerie, macabre side of life (or death, for that matter), so it’s not surprising that plenty of sinister, chilling places in history have become popular tourist attractions. From Western Europe to Asia, there are some truly creepy places to visit around the world – here are a few that... Read more »

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  • 40 film locations around the world

    40 film locations around the world

    July 30th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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  • A phallic journey: Italy’s penis café

    A phallic journey: Italy’s penis café

    July 30th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    Outside the progressive town of Taormina, Sicily, Rough Guides writer Kiki Deere finds phallic fun at a penis-themed café. My long hair brushes against an erect penis as my hand firmly grips onto a dark phallus that protrudes from the bannister. Rows of excited male members line the windowsill, while others seemingly pop out of... Read more »

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  • The top 20 best beaches in Italy

    The top 20 best beaches in Italy

    July 11th, 2013Site Editor
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    Once you’ve finished shopping in busy Milan or scaling volcanoes at Mt Vesuvius, Italian beaches are often a glorious escape, but with an increasing number of hotels charging for access to the sands, it’s hard to know where to spend your money. Here’s our breakdown of some of the best beaches in Italy that are... Read more »

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  • 20 amazing volcanoes

    20 amazing volcanoes

    July 8th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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  • The best street food around the world

    The best street food around the world

    July 4th, 2013Eleanor Aldridge
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