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Italy

Home is where the bark is

Most houses could be spruced up with a bit of greenery but some architects have begun to embed living trees within the structure of their buildings. Jonathan Glancey branches out

Italy’s Scott Turow

Less sentimental than “Inspector Montalbano”, but just as flavoursome, the legal thrillers of Gianrico Carofiglio – a former gang-busting lawyer – have sold more than five million copies

Rome

Do as the Romans do. John Hooper on gelati, football and how to get the best from your Roman Holiday

Venice

Do as the Venetians do. Jane da Mosto, scientific adviser to the Venice in Peril Fund, gives her tips