Rachael Martin, originally from the UK, is a freelance writer and journalist based just north of Milan, and has lived in Italy for twenty years. She writes about travel and food in Italy for a wide range of publications and is currently writing a guidebook about Milan. You can find her on Instagram @rachinitaly and at www.rachaelmartinwrites.com. She also writes a blog at www.northernitaliandiaries.com.
The Italian Lakes: Como, Garda and Maggiore and the smaller of islands of Orta and Iseo that may be lesser known but are just as beautiful. They’ve provided inspiration for writers, artists and composers. (Photos Rachael Martin)
According to the Wall Street Journal, it's official. Milan is Italy's hottest new destination. Tourism figures show 2017 as a record year with over nine million tourists choosing to visit the city of fashion and design. Rachael Martin looks at what Milan has to offer this autumn.