Come on in… from emerald lakes to river beaches and crashing waterfalls, we pick 10 of the most beautiful and secluded inland locations from the new book Wild Swimming Italy
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Torrente Fer, near the forest of Cignas, is a beautiful place. It is easy to see why Camillo Benso, the Count of Cavour, was devoted to this area: natural pools running between large, smooth rocks, where emerald waters flow from one waterfall to another. It is also a great place to go canyoning. A picnic area is not far from the first set of pools, but it does get crowded here on summer days. Walk for a few minutes to reach the upper pools where it is secluded and quiet. The large boulders that surround the pools allow you to dive or lie in the sun. A truly spectacular place.
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Coverage of London’s craft beer scene tends to focus on pubs in the east and north of the capital, neglecting the area where most visitors end up: central London. So here’s our guide to the best boozers in Soho, Euston, Covent Garden and Clerkenwell
At first glance, this Beak Street boozer is indistinguishable from its Soho competitors. Its 18th-century interior is decorated with tourist-titillating vintage tat. Almost inaudibly, pop and R&B music nag on in the background while, on one wall, a muted TV relays the Sky Sport News headlines. However, it has one crucial thing going in its favour: it is run by Brodie’s. The Leyton microbrewery is one of the capital’s most innovative breweries and the Coffee House showcases a large range of its fine beers. For Brodie’s boldest brews look to the keg fonts where, among coffee and bacon flavoured beers, I opted for the Hoxton Special IPA (half £2.90). It was immense: a great big gob-stopper of pineapple, tropical fruits and assertive bitterness. Brodie’s have a second pub in Covent Garden, the Cross Keys.