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Britain’s top family hotel

The Sands Resort in Cornwall has been voted no. 1 UK family hotel in the recent TripAdvisor 2012 Travellers’ Choice Hotels for Families.   It also scooped top prize in Europe, beating off competition from hotels in the Mediterranean, and was ranked fourth in the Top 25 small family hotels worldwide.

See the Sunday Mirror’s feature on Top 10 Family Hotels and also an article in the Irish Times.

Sicily blooms …

While we struggle to save our gardens from drowning, Sicily starts to prepare for this weekend’s Infiorata di Noto which transforms Noto’s main street, the Corrado Nicolaci, into a flowered carpet of petal filled mosaic-style pictures.

The final effect, which is similar to a stained glass window, is created by artists who outline scenes with a special organic soil then fill them in with specially prepared flower petals and seeds.   Let’s hope it doesn’t rain ….

Visit soloSicily for holiday ideas around Noto and other baroque towns in SE Sicily.

Romancing the Bard

Could Shakespeare really have been Sicilian?  And when we’re listening to da Mosto’s dulcet tones, do we even care?

OK, so some of the details in the first of Francesco da Mosto’s two-part BBC2 series, Shakespeare in Italy (Thursday 3 and 10 May, 9.00 pm), were slightly far-fetched but the credibility factor was completely overshadowed by views and scenes from some of northern Italy’s most glorious towns and cities and da Mosto’s unnerving ability to bring out everything that’s good about his native country.  This was just one stop short of actually being there.

See it all for yourself on an ExpertoItaly two-centre trip to Verona and Venice, with a stop in Padua.

Read more in the The Times and Sunday Times .