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Editor’s pick: Italy’s hidden gems

Here are our top five gems in Italy:

1. Tuscany: 

Explore the traditional Italian countryside, it is well renowned for its wine and food! Hiring a car is the best way to get to the vineyards, isolated villages and historic sites- such as San Gimignano for the many towers unchanged since the middle ages; Monteriggioni to spot the odd film star; and Bagno Vignoni to visit traditional Roman baths.

Sienna is a major spot and easily accessible.» >

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Italy: A trip to the Venetian Carnival

Courtesy of Emma Reeves

The City of artisan showrooms, bohemian-chic fashion, serpentine architecture, murano glass jewellery, masquerade balls, renaissance masterpieces and historic waterways. Venice is a city once visited and never forgotten. In February 2008 I embarked on a city break to Venice with my family, where we stayed four nights in the height of the worlds most renowned masked extravaganza the Venice Carnival; and ever since then I have been more than desperate to return.» >

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Editor’s pick: Thailand’s hidden gems

Here are our five other hidden gems of Thailand:

1. Pai, North Thailand – here’s where you can ride an Elephant at many of the Elephant camps they have; take a two/ three day jungle trek up into the mountains and stay with a hill-tribe for a night or two (drinking whiskey and trying their local cuisine). Another bonus is immersing yourself in the hot springs for a thorough exfoliation!
Also, have you ever fancied tubing in Vientiane, Laos?» >

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