Grand design: The Duomo

48 Hours: Milan

With new flights and a spring in its step, this elegant city is all the more appealing, says Simon Calder.

Steam bath: swimming in the Blue Lagoon

48 Hours: Reykjavik

With new flights, longer days and a busy cultural calendar, the Icelandic capital is an appealing prospect, says Nick Boulos.

48 Hours: Dublin

St Patrick's Day is a chance for the Irish capital to celebrate, but there are plenty more reasons to visit this welcoming city, says Susan Griffith.

Sea here: The view from the Fairmont Hamilton Princess

48 Hours: Bermuda

This fascinating Atlantic outpost combines colonial history with great beaches, as Simon Calder reveals.

Sunset strip: The promenade des Anglais

48 Hours: Nice

Warm days lured Queen Victoria to this Mediterranean city, but there's lots more to enjoy in early spring, says Susan Griffith.

Roll out the red carpet: The Kodak Theatre

48 Hours: Hollywood

Make this iconic district your base for a weekend of celebrity-spotting in glamorous LA, says Guy Adams.

Pillar talk: The Ben Youssef Medersa

48 Hours: Marrakech

From the ancient medina to the Palmeraie, Morocco's Rose City offers a warm escape from the cold of winter.

Row your boat: A gondolier

48 Hours: Venice

Italy's most romantic city is the perfect place to take your Valentine – or get into the carnival spirit, says William Cook.

Get set to party: The Rosenmontag parade

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This German city where the Rhine and Main meet is gearing up for carnival season, says Susan Griffith.

Big smoke: Mount Etna rumbles in the distance

48 Hours: Catania

Even in winter, this Sicilian city charms with colourful festivities, delicious food and dramatic scenery, says Duncan Garwood.

Stellar views: The legendary Star Ferry

48 Hours: Hong Kong

The night skies are lighting up all over the Chinese city-state as residents welcome the dawn of the Year of the Dragon. Matthew Bell reports.

Shore leave: Las Canteras beach

48 Hours: Las Palmas

Winter sun and an impressive urban beach: the capital of Gran Canaria is an alluring prospect for Matthew Hirtes

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48 Hours: San Diego

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48 Hours In: Nairobi

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Viewpoint: The Old City and Dome of the Rock

48 Hours: Jerusalem

Every step you take in this holy city reveals an aspect of its tangled history.

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