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Como without Clooney

Andrea Montgomery travels to Como in search of George Clooney and finds murder, espionage and money along the way. “I have a request,” says our guide. “Please can some people move to the right hand side of the boat so that the captain can move us forward?” I turn my eyes inward and realise we…

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Milan: Gothic splendour and urban chic

Kathryn Tomasetti reveals the often overlooked charms of Italy’s second city Tourists tend to skip over Italy’s northern capital.  Milan isn’t famous for great art, though it has much more than its star turn, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Nor is it known for canals, though it has those, too. But unlike Italy’s more powerful sightseeing magnets…

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At Rigoletto’s place

Mantua’s Gonzaga dynasty casts a long shadow – in fiction as much as fact. There’s a sequence in Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot when Spats Colombo, played by George Raft, is questioned about his whereabouts on the night of the St Valentine’s Day massacre. “ I was at Rigoletto”, he protests. After some verbal…