Italy is recovering from the financial crisis

Domestic solidity is of great importance for Italy; so are political stability and predictability. In times of economic and political uncertainty following Brexit, the latter would come in handy to Great Britain too

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Ride the rails all the way to Cinque Terre

First prize for unpublished writers in last year’s Independent on Sunday/Bradt travel writing competition was a trip to Liguria – and the chance to write about it for The Independent online. Here, winner Debbie Parrott recalls her overland adventure to Italy

Where's hot in June?

Spain has seen a sharp rise in bookings for this summer, but there's still capacity elsewhere in Europe