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Rebecca Hughes

Rebecca is a freelance travel writer currently living near Venice, and the author behind the travel website 'La Brutta Figura: Unlocking Italy'. She loves to seek out more unusual destinations in Italy, such as borghi (villages), churches in the countryside or unconventional restaurants. During her latest trip to Tuscany, she was rewarded with a borgo teetering on the edge of a gorge, a Romanesque church with cryptic carvings (including a siren, the symbol from which Starbucks' logo was derived), and dinner in an underground grotto. Her latest infatuation is for her light blue Vespa which she uses to potter around the serene Colli Euganei or to zip to the sea for a sunset aperitivo. Rebecca was born and grew up in bonnie Scotland's capital, Edinburgh. Prior to moving to Italy, she completed a degree in History of Art at Cambridge University, focusing on Italian art from the Medieval to the Baroque period, followed by a Masters at Edinburgh University, during which she wrote for the university’s travel and culture magazine.

7 epic food festivals in Italy you need to go to

7 stunning underwater hotels you can actually stay in

How to smash the Edinburgh Festival, according to a local

How to drink like a local in Italy

The 7 European rooftop bars with best views of iconic sites

5 new trends in wellness travel you should try this summer

7 of the most scenic biking routes in Europe

The 9 desserts you need to try in Italy that aren’t gelato

The ultimate guide to hiking Italy’s most breathtaking trails

How to road trip around Italy for under $500

The most underrated coastal towns in Europe to go to before they become touristy

14 common mistakes expats make (and how to avoid them)

Things that inevitably happen to you when you move overseas for love

9 life lessons I learned moving to another country for love

Things the world should be thanking Italy for

14 signs your boyfriend is Italian

13 side effects of moving to Italy

A quick neighbourhood guide to Edinburgh

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