Style high: Milan's ancient and modern skyline

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Italy's fashion capital is also home to a network of canals perfected by Leonardo da Vinci, says Aoife O'Riordain

Square route: the busy Piata Universitatii

48 Hours In: Bucharest

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This magnificent southern Indian city won't stay off the tourist map for long, writes Sarah Khan

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48 Hours In: Madrid

Things are hotting up in the Spanish capital, with a packed cultural calendar for spring

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Chile's capital is gaining new flights from Europe, making this is a great time to go, says Simon Calder

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The medieval arcades of this northern Italian city make it a good bet in winter – and a blockbuster exhibition bolsters the appeal, says Julia Buckley

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This city, rich in history from its Roman foundations to the Industrial Revolution, is gearing up for a new role as host to the Tour de France, says Simon Calder

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William Cook explores the Latvian capital's rich medieval and Art Nouveau architecture as the city gears up to become European Capital of Culture

Green belt: one of the city's extensive parks

48 Hours In: Melbourne

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This medieval Moroccan city offers the charm of Marrakech without the fuss, says Sarah Khan

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