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Seven bodies recovered, two people still missing, and four injured

Trail of the Unexpected: La dolce vita lives and lunches at the Hotel Splendido

The best travel tip I ever had came from my late father. If you don't have the money to stay in a smart hotel, he said, then stay somewhere cheap but try to muster enough for lunch in the posh place. Then you can legitimately arrive early, linger all afternoon, and feel as though you're part of the beau monde. After all, who needs a cavernous bedroom with swags on the tails and tails on the swags? All you need is a bed. But every holiday should have a long, lazy lunch in fabulous surroundings, then an hour or two by a sparkling pool, ideally with waiters providing small chilled aerosols of mist to stop you overheating. If you can afford to stay the night, so much the better. If you can't, you've still had a five-star experience.

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There's an awful lot of bereavement in cinema this week. In Michael Winterbottom's latest, Colin Firth plays a US-based academic who loses his wife in a car accident and takes his two daughters to Genoa, where he hopes to heal their grieving spirits.

48 hours in: Genoa

Pesto, piazzas and palaces are among the highlights of Italy's principal port. And spring is the best time to enjoy them in splendid isolation, says Harriet O'Brien

City slicker: A guide to Genoa

A new film is about to put this Italian port in the spotlight. Sarah Barrell offers a guide to the essential sights for new, and returning, visitors

Plate With A View: Le Bocche Portovenere, Italy

Whether you enter the Ligurian village of Portovenere via land or sea, it’s a captivating sight. Tall, narrow houses painted in pastel shades line the waterfront, restaurants and bars at their feet; brightly coloured fishing boats bob in the busy harbour; and in a commanding position on the hillside, high above the village, is the imposing 12th-century Andrea Doria castle.

Match fixing sinks Genoa

England seek cool heads in the event of penalty drama

Eriksson and McClaren anxious to ensure no repeat of past shoot-out heartaches as tournament enters nerve-jangling knock-out phase

Genoa plane crash kills four

FOUR PEOPLE were killed when a plane carrying 27 passengers and four crew overshot a runway at Genoa, and plunged into the sea. An official at Cristoforo Colombo airport said the victims were a hostess, two male passengers and an elderly woman who died in hospital.

Man held by Genoa police in hunt for serial killer

POLICE in Genoa have detained a 47-year-old man "seriously implicated" in the murders of four prostitutes and two security guards in the north- western Italian region of Liguria over the past two months.

FOOD & DRINK; RUGGED CHARM

The Mediterranean Diet: Part Two

Fear stalks the feast day of St Francis as tremors continue

Nine days after being struck by earthquakes, central Italy is still counting the cost, reports Andrew Gumbel in Assisi

A bit of a Doge's dinner

OPERA: Simon Boccanegra; WNO, New Theatre Cardiff

A sound buy

Aston Martin has revealed that the star of last year's Genoa Motor Show, the DB7, will cost pounds 78,500 when it goes on sale during September. The only option available to lucky owners will be a CD player, which adds pounds 823 to the cost.
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