Ac­cess all hol­i­day ar­eas

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - BY ANTHEA GERRIE

AST-MINUTE HOL­I­DAYS need not pose a peak-sea­son prob­lem — if you think out­side the box. If you are fix­ated on Italy, Spain, Greece or the south of France, don’t worry — they all have hid­den gems which are likely to have Au­gust avail­abil­ity when the hotspots are full to burst­ing.

Italy boasts at least two re­gions few peo­ple have even heard of, de­spite their beauty.

Cio­cia­ria, half-way be­tween Rome and Naples, strad­dles the bound­aries of Lazio and Abruzzo and has a cou­ple of en­chant­ing places to stay. Sotto le Stelle — “un­der the stars” — is a me­di­ae­val-to-mod­ern apart­ment con­ver­sion in Picinisco, a tiny hill­top vil­lage whose im­pov­er­ished in­hab­i­tants walked to Scot­land to find work a cen-

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Spain on the wild side: the Is­las Cies, close to Vigo

Val Comino: French vibe, Ital­ian set­ting

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