IL PI­COT

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With jas­mine climb­ing up the ochre-tinted façades and a gar­den crammed with rare pe­onies and old roses, and chick­ens scratch­ing around the feet of Jersey cows, this bu­colic Pied­mont idyll, owned by the New York-based pho­tog­ra­pher Oberto Gili, is a sanc­tu­ary from the out­side world. “Work­ing farms when they are thriv­ing and well tended are my idea of hap­pi­ness,” he says in his and Marella Carac­ci­olo Chia’s book For the Love of Italy. Visi­tors can en­joy this farm, with rooms to rent in an at­mo­spheric out­build­ing, not just for the com­forts it of­fers – won­der­ful food and lo­cal wines – but also as an ex­pe­ri­ence of gen­uine ru­ral life. Tel: +39 057 826 8146.

Best For Sight­see­ing PAES­TUM

One of the Mediter­ranean’s most im­por­tant but least vis­ited Clas­si­cal sites, this an­cient Graeco-Ro­man city south of Naples is most beau­ti­ful in May when the plains are car­peted in yel­low broom and wild flow­ers. The pil­lars and ped­i­ments are wreathed with but­ter­flies and flu­o­res­cent lizards do­ing press-ups on the sun-baked stone. In Ro­man times it was the heart of a buoy­ant per­fume in­dus­try cen­tred on its scented red roses, but its civil­i­sa­tion foundered and the roses be­came ex­tinct. Lunch un­der a shady ar­bour in the gar­dens of Ris­torante Net­tuno ( www.ris­toran­tenet­tuno.com), over­look­ing the ru­ins, is heavenly af­ter a morn­ing spent sight­see­ing.

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