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Italy: Santa Caterina, Amalfi Coast

Perched on a hilltop amongst orange and lemon groves, this family-run five-star - with its warm hospitality, exquisite food and views out to sea – is charm personified, says Olivia McLearon

Italy, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

Over 100 years since it opened as the first purpose-built hotel on the shores of Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo continues to innovate. Hardeep Singh Kohli is dazzled

Italy: Hotel Pitrizza, Sardinia

This Italian number continues to attract a well-heeled crowd thanks to its glamorous heritage, impeccable service and tantalising cuisine. Kate Chambers is seduced

Recovering Florence’s relics

When the Arno river burst its banks, it was one of the greatest cultural disasters of modern times, destroying countless famous masterpieces. James Hanning reports on how, 50 years later, the clean-up continues, with modern technology helping to restore long-forgotten treasures

Extend your summer: 12 hot winter sun destinations

If the impending darker evenings have you desperate for a vitamin D fix, why not escape to warmer climes? From Marrakech to Mauritius, we’ve rounded up the world’s sunniest destinations that will banish the autumn and winter blues

Five of the world’s best city running routes

Whether you’re an athlete or an amateur, it can be hard to know where to exercise when you arrive in a new city. Luckily, the Strava app has that covered. It lets you compete with other runners, share times and photos and tracks your run. We asked its creators to share the app’s most popular runs

Is Milan the real capital of Italy?

Not beautiful like Venice, not as international as London, not hedonistic like Amsterdam... Italy’s business capital has always been talked down. But the Lombardy city has suddenly become a hub of new design with some arguing it’s now streets ahead of Rome. Luke Leitch investigates a change in fortune

What does summer look like?

World-beating beaches, sunburnt Brits or the still waters of a fictional lake in Minnesota? From Las Vegas to Willesden Junction, photographers Martin Parr, Mert & Marcus, Nick Knight and more tell us what the season means to them

Quiz: Can you match the Olympic stadium to its host city?

With a sporting summer well under way, High Life looks at the stadiums that have played (and still will play) their part in Olympic Games around the world. Do you know your Bird’s Nest from your Maracanã?

The ten best European cities to discover by bike

Want to know what’s wheely cool? Discovering a new city by bicycle. To mark National Bike Week (11-19 June) travel writer Tamara Hinson recommends Europe’s best cities to see on two wheels

Italy: Castello Del Nero, Tuscany

Whether it’s relaxing at the only ESPA spa in Tuscany, truffle-hunting with a local guide or learning to cook Italian, this boutique retreat in the Chianti countryside has something for even the most discerning guest, says Olivia McLearon

The world’s best beaches 2016: best beaches for wildlife

For those who would rather swap crowds for crocodiles, explore these untouched beaches with flourishing wildlife away from the masses

Around the world in Shakespeare’s plays

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this April, Sarah Drumm rounds up the best destinations to honour the Bard’s works and bring his plays to life

Restaurant review: I Carracci, Bologna, Italy

With both rustic and innovative menus that sample the best produce from the Emilia-Romagna region – not to mention an impressive Baroque fresco – this grand restaurant will impress foodies and art lovers alike, says Anisha Patel

A Room with a View revisited

Merchant Ivory’s costume drama is not only the most enjoyable cinematic adaptation of EM Forster’s work – it also inspired a generation of travellers to ditch their guidebooks and attempt to experience authentic Italy. To see what has happened in the three decades since the 1986 film A Room with a View, Gavin Plumley follows in the footsteps of Lucy Honeychurch to Florence

Italy: Pine Lodge Dolomites, Selva Gardena

Outdoor hot tub, resident butler, bespoke decor... You’ll want for nothing at this five-star chalet in the Dolomites (there’s even an adventure concierge). Philip Wilson heads for the mountains

Six of the world’s best villas by the sea

Crashing waves and cocktails in a cabana... Issy D'Arcy Clark reveals the six villas with winning ocean views

Six of the world’s best city villas

From a bastion of modern design to a 12th century palazzo, Issy D'Arcy Clark uncovers six villas in cities across the globe

Six of the world’s best mountain villas

Hike through the hills or just enjoy the views. Issy D'Arcy Clark seeks out six villas sitting high up in the mountains

Quiz: Can you guess where these Oscar-nominated movies were really filmed?

New Zealand famously filled in for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But which other Oscar-winning movies have used a doppelgänger destination while filming? Take our quiz below

Sardinia: La Licciola, Gallura

Looking for a fun, sun-drenched destination for all the family? Olivia McLearon visits a boutique hotel that's both child-friendly, and ticks all the boxes for adults, too

60 second interview: George Clooney

From Kentucky to Darfur via Lake Como, George Clooney talks travel

Ten hair-raising hikes

Want a walk with a side order of thrills? Adventurous travel writer and keen hiker, Andrew Bain, shares his pick of the world’s most rousing routes

Sicily: La Moresca

The manager of La Moresca is on a mission to remind the world of the beauty of Sicily. If his hotel – with its pared-down style and rustic charm – is anything to go by, he shouldn’t have a problem, says Matthew Hutson

Eight cities to see in the New Year in style

Love it or hate it, you can’t escape the fact that New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. From San Jose to Sydney, the experts at BarChick pick the best destinations to ring in 2016

Place your bids: High Life’s charity auction 2015

The second High Life annual charity auction is packed with luxe and money-can’t-buy experiences, from meeting Jonathan Ross at his chat show to hanging out with Team Sky in Italy. All lots start from just £50 — so what are you waiting for?

Ski: a gourmet guide to the slopes

We’re firm believers that the best way to a skier’s heart is through their tummy, so here’s our guide to ski towns where food will take centre stage this winter

What I pack: the guidebook guru

Lonely Planet co-founder and author, Tony Wheeler, has visited more than 150 countries — so 
he should have packing down to a fine art. In our regular series, he shares his bare essentials for any trip

Six spas with killer views

You could choose to zone out during your next massage — but why would you want to, when there are views as good as these on offer? From rooftop relaxation in Ibiza to an open-fronted lodge in the heart of Kenya, choose one of these spas to treat all of your senses, says Hannah Hudson

Six of the world’s best coffee capitals

A city may have awesome architecture, drool-worthy dinners and lovely locals, but what does that matter if you can’t get a good cup of joe? Executive director of Workshop Coffee Co., James Dickson, has travelled the world in pursuit of the perfect cup. Here he shares the places that really know their beans

Jenson Button: my life in travel

The British Formula One driver on his favourite European road trips, tips for beating jet lag, and what he gets up to in Singapore (when he’s not on the track)

Time travel: flights of fancy

We rummage through the British Airways archive to find out what was taking off in the world of aviation way back when. This month, a look back at the flying boats of the 1930s

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Turin for Egyptian art

This northern Italian city might be in a different continent from the original home of the Pharaohs, but it is home to the largest collection of Egyptian artefacts outside of Cairo

Raymond Blanc: my life in travel

Our favourite French chef Raymond Blanc reveals how he travels when he’s away from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford

Bruno DiFabio: the art (and science) of pizza making

The six-time World Pizza Championship winner is a legend in the USA, with ten artisan pizzerias across the pond. Now he’s bringing his craft to London with NY Fold. Anisha Patel meets the master pizzaiolo and self-confessed pizza geek to find out what makes a great slice

Global tribes: The Vatican’s footballing priests

The global groups, trends and subcultures you may not know about. This month, the priests of Vatican City who like to lace up their football boots

The battle of two titans: Italy vs Spain

When it comes to the arts, Spain has often been overshadowed by Italy’s rich heritage and innate elegance. It’s about time, says Mark Jones, to take a fresh look at the cultural highpoints and natural splendour of these two nations and reconsider what they can offer

Beyond the boundary: eight curious cricket grounds

It’s not always about gleaming whites and village greens. From Ethiopia to a frozen lake in Estonia, Matt Hutson rounds up eight unexpected venues that have hosted an innings

The world’s best villas

An abode in Death Valley, a converted kiln and a palatial property costing £18,000 a night... Issy D’Arcy Clark scours the globe for one-off wonders

Italy: Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan

Italy’s fashion capital isn’t short of haute couture hotels. But with glamorous interiors, a bar that’s a magnate for the fash pack, and cars to whisk you to and from Milan’s boutiques, this Belle Époque hotel is a top choice, as Issy D’Arcy Clark discovers

A stylish guide to Milan

Fashion writer Kati Chitrakorn shares her insider’s guide to the Italian fashion capital’s coolest shops, restaurants, bars and hotels

Franca Sozzani: Milan’s style maven

Once the undisputed agenda setter, Italian fashion has been accused of becoming safe, predictable and bland. Not so, says legendary ‘Vogue Italia’ editor, Franca Sozzani. 
Emine Saner meets the woman masterminding an Italian renaissance

Five hotels for fashion lovers

Bed down in style at these haute hotels around the world

On the edge: Europe’s best border towns

Looking for a new way to travel around Europe? Head to its borders, where you’ll find towns that are vibrant melting pots of cultures with distinct identities of their own. Best of all? All you need is one flight to tick two or more countries off your list

Europe’s best spring-sun breaks

From Split to Sardinia, spring is the perfect time to start sun seeking in Europe — plus you’ll miss the mass-tourist summer crowds. Suzanne King gives us the lowdown on seven of the best

Sardinia: five beaches to escape the crowds

Italians believe that Sardinia has their best beaches — and with good reason. But if you want to avoid the ever-popular Emerald Coast, which attracts celebrities and billionaires by the yacht load, there are still some off-the-beaten track stretches of sand with plenty of towel space

Florence: shop like a local

As their book on shopping in the Tuscan capital is released, Louise Fili and Lise Apatoff share their little black book of where Florentines flock to for a spot of retail therapy, from foodie markets to fragrance boutiques

Italy: Eremito, Umbria

Kate Chambers leaves her gadgets at home for a Wi-Fi-free escape at this aesthetic Italian sanctuary with a distinctly ascetic vibe

Nine alternatives to the Rio Carnival

Because we can’t all be in Rio de Janeiro for the world’s largest street party, here are nine other places that will be getting into the carnival spirit this month

Hot list 2015: where to catch your breath

It’s not all about head-spinning adventures and rush hour cities next year — here’s where to do nothing

Six ways to see the real Bologna

With an authentic food scene you can get involved in and relaxing out of town retreats, Bologna is a feast for the senses, says Caroline Egan

The ultimate ski guide: the Alps

Felice Hardy picks seven of the best ski resorts in the Alps, for every type of snow holiday

Dan Snow in the Dolomites

The extreme conditions that made the Dolomites one of the worst places in history to do battle are also what makes it one of the best places to see relics from the Great War today. To mark the centenary of the start of the conflict, Dan Snow tells the tale of the friends and neighbours forced to fight at 10,000ft

Open-jaw travel

Why fly into and out of the same airport? Simon Calder breaks down nine open-jaw itineraries that open up a world of possibilities for the imaginative traveller

Open-jaw travel: Venice to Verona

Simon Calder works out an Italian itinerary with a hint of Shakespeare, flying into Venice and taking in Padua and Verona

Designer travel inspirations: Dolce & Gabbana

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were born in Sicily and Milan respectively, and met in 1980. Here they talk about how Dolce's Sicilian heritage has inspired their iconic designs

The world's best new hotels for 2014

There will be an avalanche of new hotel openings in 2014. Whether it’s boutique, hipster or family-friendly, here are the places you’ll 
be desperate to stay in. 
If you can get a room...

Seven of the world's best beaches

The best beaches from around the world, as voted for by High Life editor Kerry Smith and Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler

A pound of Englishmen: collective nouns for nationalities

Did you know that it's not just animals that are collectively named — there are collective nouns for nationalities too?

Walking the world

A new report by The Ramblers walking charity and Macmillan Cancer Support says that walking for 20 minutes a day could save 37,000 people a year in the UK from dying prematurely of cancer, heart disease and strokes. But how to keep those walks interesting? Here are a few ideas from around the world:

Milan shopping guide

As Milan's fashion week collections hit the catwalks, style blogger Gary Kingsnorth gives a guide to the Italian fashion capital's shops

Insider's guide to Milan

Photographer Robyn Lea moved to Milan at 18 to immerse herself in the world of creatives like Franca Sozzani and Gianfranco Ferré. She shares her favourite discoveries in Italy's fashion capital

Venice: Aman Canal Grande

Paradise does not come cheap, but the Aman Canal Grande, with its stunning interiors and secluded gardens, is Venice at its finest and worth every penny, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

Six affordable retreats with soul

Hip Hotels founder Herbert Ypma chooses six hotels that embody the soul of their location

Family travel: off the beaten track

For travelling families, eschewing the ease of getting to popular destinations can be daunting. Cue our cut-out-and-keep guide by Emily Payne on where to lose the crowds with children, and how to do it

British Airways' Perfect Day in Rome: behind the scenes

12 hours, 1,599 tweets, 13 locations. Find out how one blogger created a Perfect Day in Rome using only Twitter. Joanna Hunter takes a trip with the bald hiker (and his 400,000 followers)

Cycling with Bradley Wiggins in the Dolomites

The first Briton to win the Tour de France, Olympic gold medallist and all-round national treasure. Bradley Wiggins was all set to defend that yellow jersey. But after months of gruelling preparation, he was forced to quit. Gavin Green joined him in the Italian Dolomites for the training before the crisis

Preview: Mike Kelley exhibition Eternity is a Long Time at HangarBicocca, Milan

Curator Emi Fontana talks us through five of the late artist Mike Kelley's works on show at Milan's industrial HangarBicocca space

The summer ritual of Italy's beaches

What is it with Italians and their beaches? Peter Popham explores the ritual of seaside lounging in Italy

Video: blogger Paul Steele's Perfect Day in Rome with British Airways

British Airways sent top travel blogger Paul Steele, aka the Bald Hiker, to Rome for the day to be guided by its Twitter followers. Watch this video to see where he ended up

Twitter's guide to Rome: restaurants

From ample pizzerias, old trattorias and trendy new joints with famous chefs, our Twitter followers were bursting with hot tips for dinner

Twitter's guide to Rome: churches

You can't walk far in Rome without bumping into a beautiful place of worship, and many Twitter followers suggested popping into these lovely buildings on our Perfect Day Live

Twitter's guide to Rome: gelaterias

Gelato seems to be a big part of people's love for Rome. These were the top recommendations for an icy treat

Twitter's guide to Rome: best views

Rome is known as the city of seven hills, and Twitter's suggestions included several stunning views of this antique city

British Airways' Perfect Day in Rome: Twitter guide

When British Airways sent blogger Paul Steele (aka the Bald Hiker) to Rome for the day, he arrived with no itinerary. Luckily, Twitter was on hand to guide him

Twitter's guide to Rome: sightseeing

Blogger Paul Steele saw sights including an optical illusion painted inside and a historic cat sanctuary in Rome, but BA's Twitter followers provided plenty of other suggestions along the way

Twitter's guide to Rome: coffee and dessert

Good coffee is an essential part of the Rome experience — and Twitter thought so too. Here are some of the cafés and dessert shops that followers recommended

Twitter's guide to Rome: bars and nightlife

Everyone needs refreshment after a long day's sightseeing. But which bars were Twitter's top tips for our Perfect Day Live in Rome?

Twitter's guide to Rome: squares and gardens

Rome's piazzas and gardens are the ideal place to pause and people watch. These were some of the most popular Twitter suggestions on our recent Perfect Day

Tuscany: Borgo Santo Pietro, Chiusdino

With its picture-perfect setting, wonderful restaurant and gorgeous gardens, the Borgo Santo Pietro is a Tuscan dream of a hotel, says Aoife O'Riordain

Five of Europe's most stylish shops (and shopkeepers)

Meet the fashionable faces behind five of the best shops in Milan, London, Paris and Naples. By Ianthe Butt

What's your skiing stereotype?

Skiers: are you a Backcountry Clubber, Lycra Lad or Creche-test Dummy? Find out which and where should you go to enjoy the snow

The Cage a Oiseaux: pet pampering that rocks

Could this rocking chair-effect budgie cage be the ultimate in decadent avian accessories?

Four great family adventures

Whether you're travelling with a toddler or dragging 'grown-up' teenagers along, the family holiday has potential to be the mother of all battles — but it doesn't have to be. Our writers come up with the perfect solution

Venice’s restaurant scene with Russell Norman

Seek out Venice’s hidden foodie haunts and you'll find its authentic culinary heart. And who better to guide you than Russell Norman, whose Italian restaurants have taken London by storm? High Life joins him for small plates and big flavours

Village hotels: the new breed of accommodation in Tuscany

Ever wanted a Tuscan village all to yourself? Your wish is granted...

Tuscany's secret gardens

Ancient oaks, secret frondy passageways and as many shades of green as you 
can shake a stick at... Tuscany has some of the world's most beguiling outdoor spaces. 
Stephanie Theobald joins a private tour and gets a glimpse of the 
Florentine gardens of the Renaissance

5 of the best romantic hotels

Five of the best romantic hotels, from Venice to Agra. Chosen by Amanda Morison, Jane Dunford and Ianthe Butt

Adele Parks: why I love Rome

Author Adele Parks on why she loves Rome

Milan style

As the catwalk shows kick off, fashion insiders will be jetting off to survive on a diet of canapés and Champagne. And when they’re not in the front row, they’re out shopping. Jo Marshall reveals the most sought-after stores

Sicily for bambini: a family holiday with actors Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis

Actors Helen McCrory and husband Damian Lewis plus their two children head to Sicily for playtime, pampering and pasta

A skippers guide to Venice

After travelling round Venice by boat Nick Curtis has put together some tips for aspiring sailors.

Canal knowledge: Venice by boat

In the past, the only way to discover Venice’s waterways and treasures was by boat. Virgin sailor Nick Curtis skippers his own craft and enters a magical city where every sunrise repaints the haunting visions of Canaletto

Fashionable Florence

From luxury designer labels to modest flea markets, Florence has it all. Claudia Warden hunts down the city's best buys