It has stunning resorts, mountain villages and delightful piazzas but is also famous for something much darker.
Steve McKenna is based in the UK, but is usually drawn to sunnier climes. He has a special affection for Mediterranean Europe, south-east Asia and Latin America.
Villa Massari could be the most atmospheric cycling pit stop ever.
From an eagle's eye perspective it looks a bit like a James Bond villain's lair masquerading as a top-secret science lab.
Despite its exotic appeal, with the exception of Cuba – which many of us see as a region in itself – few Australians visit the Caribbean. And we are missing out – big-time.
Its impressive restoration, and enviable location, makes the Admiral a smart base from which to explore the engaging Danish capital.
It's friendly and walkable, with world-class architecture, design and cuisine. What's not to love?
Imagine being at a Swiss health spa mocked up like an African safari lodge and enjoying a soothing "better-ageing" massage.
As fascinating as the countess' anecdotes are, what we really want to know is: how did she meet her husband?
From the moment you're welcomed through that lipstick-red entrance, you're in for something memorable.
Italy's south-east, known as the "heel of Italy's boot", is a region of delicious food, good wines and breath-taking landscapes.
Few London neighbourhoods are as walkable, intriguing or inspiring as Bloomsbury.
London now boasts the "world's most exclusive form of theatrical escapism."
There's no better way to see Puglia than on two wheels.
The Bauernhausmuseum Schneiderhof is a beautifully preserved, 400-year-old slice of rustic German history.
There are traces of Dracula, Captain Cook and Harry Potter on a steam train ride to the sea.