A 9000-year trip back in time

A general view of Matera's Sassi limestone cave dwellings in southern Italy.

Matera has remained so primitive until recent decades that it makes the perfect stand-in for ancient Jerusalem.

The Rome you'd never experience solo

Twenty reasons to visit Rome

The ultimate Catholic gilt trip

Lonely Planet's best of Switzerland

The Aletsch Glacier, a 23 kilometre-long, five-lane highway of ice.

Look past the cuckoo clocks and yodelling – this cosmopolitan city is all about epic train rides and alpine highs.

Getting lost within the Grand Bazaar video

Tourists stroll at the Grand Bazaar.

Take a stroll through the colourful and chaotic Grand Bazaar, the heart of Istanbul.

The other place Gallipoli pilgrims must see

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul.

I'll jump at any chance to visit this intoxicating city. And you should too, if you haven't already.

My year in France

A team competes in the salt fete at Salies-de-Bearn which celebrates the town's saline-infused history.

After moving her family to a remote village in the Hautes-Pyrenees, Allyson Gofton embarked on a culinary and cultural adventure.

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My year in France

A team competes in the salt fete at Salies-de-Bearn which celebrates the town's saline-infused history.

After moving her family to a remote village in the Hautes-Pyrenees, Allyson Gofton embarked on a culinary and cultural adventure.

Eiffel Tower: 13 things you didn't know

126 years ago, the Eiffel Tower was officially completed in Paris after 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days of construction.

The 'tide of a century' gallery

No saucy 50 Shades of Grey act

italy

A 9000-year trip back in time

A general view of Matera's Sassi limestone cave dwellings in southern Italy.

Matera has remained so primitive until recent decades that it makes the perfect stand-in for ancient Jerusalem.

Twenty reasons to visit Rome

The eternal city dazzles with history, food and fashion. Here are its 20 highlights.

The Colosseum in Rome.

The Rome you'd never experience solo

Is it best to take a group tour or to be an independent traveller?

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Off-season Berlin offers pleasures

The rotunda of Berlin's Museum of Communication in January 2015.

Travelling to Europe in early January has its advantages.

'Dr Death' opens a corpse museum

A permanent museum showing preserved corpses stripped of skin to reveal the complexity of the human body opens in Berlin.

In Germany, if you pee on a wall, it pees back on you.

Hamburg takes revenge on revellers

Tourists beware, in Germany if you pee on a wall, it pees back on you.

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