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Secret beaches of the south-west: Nanjizal, Cornwall

The final extract from Secret Beaches: Southwest, which is published today, takes us to a lonely cove close to Land’s End, Cornwall, with no direct road access

Home to the Song of the Sea, a tall, narrow natural arch that winks at the golden sand, Nanjizal is thought by many to be the finest beach on the Penwith peninsula, in Cornwall’s far west. It’s truly secluded, though, and often deserted. This may be down to its distance from any road or car park. But it’s well worth making the effort to walk to, if only to check out its famous slit-like arch and some remarkable natural stone sculptures, including the Diamond Horse – an equine-shaped formation through which sunlight shines with a jewel-like glint. Caves and anenome-studded rockpools emerge when the sea retreats, and there’s even a freshwater waterfall, which is ideal for washing off all that post-swim salt. Our suggested walk is a straightforward stroll through fields and farmland, which takes in a short section of the Coastal Path before emerging onto the beach.

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10 of the best pizza places in Rome

Rome-based food blogger Katie Parla eats her way around the Italian capital’s tastiest pizzerias

• As featured in our Rome city guide

Hop off the Metro A near its southeastern end and walk a few blocks northeast for what many tout as Rome’s best pizza. At Sforno, the pizzas have a thick rim and elastic body (similar to the Neapolitan style), an anatomy that is essential for containing their dense toppings. But before jumping into the pizza, begin with fritti (fried starters), like suppli’ alla gricia, a fried rice ball with cured pork jowl, pecorino cheese, and black pepper, a combination inspired by a Roman pasta. The cacio e pepe pizza also takes its cue from a local pasta dish; it is topped with a thick layer of pecorino cheese and coarsely ground black pepper. Wash it down with one of the dozens of craft beers on Sforno’s menu.
Via Statilio Ottato 110-116; +39 06 715 46118, sforno.it. Closed Sun; dinner only

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