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Holy nights: camping in a church

The Churches Conservation Trust is opening places of worship to overnight guests … and, yes, they can even ‘get up to what their consciences allow’

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It was dark and chilly, and I was lying in a sleeping bag on a narrow camp bed. But I wasn’t in a tent, tipi or yurt – I was in a church. That’s because I wasn’t camping, nor even glamping; I was “champing”.

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The coastline of Italy: readers’ travel tips

Along the coast of Italy our readers sidestep the tourist traps to find expansive beaches, pristine marine reserves, the freshest seafood and stretches the locals have been trying to keep to themselves

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  • Perched above the sea in north-west Sicily is the village of Scopello, little more than a few pretty lanes with abundant charm and a sparkling cove below, complete with rock stacks and invitingly clear water. The atmospheric old Tonnara (tuna fishery) adds character, and Scopello is a perfect base for spirit-lifting hikes through the nearby Zingaro coastal reserve: paths rise through untouched hills with wildflowers before dipping to pristine beaches otherwise only reachable by boat.
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