Top 5 des­ti­na­tions: Europe Put these cap­ti­vat­ing and sen­sa­tional ci­ties on your must-visit list

Put these sen­sa­tional ci­ties and cap­ti­vat­ing cor­ners of the con­ti­nent on your must-visit list

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1 PIEDMONT, ITALY

Why go there? This area in the north­west­ern cor­ner of Italy has been picked as the top re­gion to visit in the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2019 list. Not only scenic, the area is known for slow food and fine wine.

Must do? Head to the Bi­b­lioteca Reale di Torino (Royal Li­brary of Turin) on the ground floor of the Royal Palace to view a self-por­trait of Leonardo da Vinci. mu­seire­ali.beni­cul­tur­ali. it/bi­b­lioteca-reale/

Dish to try? Piedmont is not only fa­mous for its wines and cheeses (and Nutella) – white truf­fles are also in abun­dance. Head to Alba in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber for the White Truf­fle Fair. fier­adeltartuf­o.org/en/ Where to stay? Bed down at the NH Col­lec­tion Torino Pi­azza Car­lina in Turin. It’s cen­tral, mod­ern and has a restau­rant serv­ing de­li­cious Pied­mon­tese cui­sine. nh-col­lec­tion.com/ho­tel/nhcol­lec­tion-torino-pi­azza-car­lina

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2 STOCK­HOLM, SWE­DEN

Why go there? The Scan­di­na­vian cap­i­tal of style oozes chic, from bou­tiques to de­part­ment stores and cool cafes. Plus it’s the home of ABBA The Mu­seum, which is a must-see for an Aussie mu­sic fan! Must do? Go di­rectly to ABBA The Mu­seum where you can dance with holo­gram ver­sions of the Swedish Fab Four, as well as record your own ver­sion of one of their hits and see all the as­so­ci­ated mem­o­ra­bilia. ab­bath­e­mu­seum.com

Dish to try? Make your way to the rooftop of NK (Nordiska Kom­paniet) de­part­ment store for lunch with a view. Choose from spe­cial­ties such as meat­balls and her­ring, as well as a great choice of sal­ads.

Where to stay? The cen­trally lo­cated Hay­mar­ket by Scan­dic is housed in an iconic 1920s for­mer de­part­ment store (where Greta Garbo once worked) and the ho­tel has re­cently gone through a re­fur­bish­ment in the style of the Roar­ing Twen­ties. scan­di­cho­tels.com

Tell me more vis­it­stock­holm.com

3 SEVILLE, SPAIN

Why go there? Fla­menco danc­ing, his­toric cathe­drals, tempt­ing ta­pas at ev­ery turn: this city in the south of Spain is burst­ing with en­ergy.

Must do? Be sure to visit the Real Al­cázar. Not only is the ar­chi­tec­ture in­cred­i­ble, it was a back­drop in the TV show Game of Thrones. It’s pop­u­lar, so best to book in ad­vance. al­cazar­se­villa.org/english-ver­sion/ Dish to try? Take a guided tour to sam­ple the cui­sine at Seville’s ta­pas bars (you can never get enough jamón!) with Not Just a Tourist. notjus­ta­tourist.com Where to stay? Book into the new bou­tique ho­tel Tri­ana House. Its three rooms are su­per stylish with lux­u­ri­ous tex­tures. Think black and white mar­ble floors, boldly pat­terned fab­rics and vel­vet touches. tri­ana­house.com Tell me more vis­i­ta­sevilla.es/en

4 ED­IN­BURGH, SCOT­LAND

Why go there? A city of his­tory and her­itage, Scot­land’s cap­i­tal is also home to in­cred­i­ble fes­ti­vals and cul­ture (and Hog­manay and hag­gis).

Must do? See his­tory up close through Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mam­mal in his­tory, as well as a gi­ant T. Rex at Ed­in­burgh’s Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land. nms.ac.uk/na­tional-mu­se­u­mof-scot­land/

Dish to try? Set at the foot of Cal­ton Hill on Ed­in­burgh’s Royal Ter­race Gar­dens, the Gar­dener’s Cot­tage is

Soak up the scenery and en­joy the en­ergy of Seville — and eat all of the ta­pas!

not only a spec­tac­u­lar set­ting, its fresh, sea­sonal menu is a rev­e­la­tion. Try Poached Partridge Breast with pancetta and bread sauce. the­gar­den­er­scot­tage.co Where to stay? The Inn on the Mile (that’s the Royal Mile) is as cen­tral as you can get, yet also of­fers a bou­tique feel. The newly re­fur­bished rooms are light and airy, and bath­rooms have deep tubs and rain­fall-style show­ers. Plus, there’s a pub be­low for a pre-ex­plor­ing pint. thein­non­themile.co.uk

Tell me more ed­in­burgh.org; vis­itbri­tain.com

5 TALLINN, ES­TO­NIA

Why go there? The cob­ble­stoned streets of the Unesco-listed Old Town are not only a de­light to walk around, the cap­i­tal of Es­to­nia also has a re­newed en­ergy from an upand-com­ing cre­ative com­mu­nity.

Must do? Be­ing on the bor­der with Russia and Scan­di­navia, Tallinn has been through a che­quered past. Visit the Great Guild Hall where the Es­to­nian His­tory Mu­seum is housed and see the per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion Spirit of Sur­vival, which fea­tures 11,000 years of Es­to­nian his­tory. vis­ite­sto­nia.com

Dish to try? Try a sprat sand­wich: rye bread, sprat (a fish found in the Baltic Sea), a boiled egg and some sauce. It’s de­li­cious.

Where to stay? Stay at the Ho­tel Tele­graaf. Its Restau­rant Tchaikovsk­y has in­cred­i­ble bli­nis and pavlova. tele­graafho­tel.com Tell me more visit­tallinn.ee ■

Stock­holm’s Old Town

Tortellini with white truf­fle sauce Pi­azza San Carlo in Turin

ABBA

The Real Al­cázar Palace of Seville

Fla­menco dancers in Spain

Ed­in­burgh’s Royal Mile

Old Town, Tallinn

Russian nest­ing dolls

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