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Getting fizzy with it: the Italian wine route that sparkles

An Italian region and a sparkling wine, Franciacorta may not be well-known but it is great for vineyard visits and fine places to eat and stay Put sparkling wine and Italy together and the usual answer is prosecco, but 200km west Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status, making it one of the most strictly regulated wines in the country. Capitolium, and the Unesco-listed Walking tours are available at Infopoint Centro (via Trieste 1/Piazza Paolo VI). And between this weekend and 8 September is the Ricci Curbastros family has…

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A cold-water cure? My weekend with the Ice Man

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. Its yelling at us, Helloooo! says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds. Soon hes catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excitedly like a child. Here I…

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One step ahead: how walking opens new horizons

Whether its to the North Pole or across LA, walking is the fastest way to make more time for life As a child growing up in 1970s Norway, with parents who didnt own a car and loved to hike, Erling Kagge believes one of his first full sentences was: How much further is it? By his late teens, though, hed begun to embrace his parents ethos. By then, for me, walking wasnt just getting from A to B, he says. It had a value in itself. So much so that…

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How the puffer jacket took over the world

Some trends can feel alienating, but the padded coat can be worn by anyone from new fathers to students and Theresa May to Alan Partridge It has become a truism that, if you wait long enough, something unfashionable will end up being in fashion. It has happened to tracksuits, socialism and Celine Dion. And, for better or worse, it has happened to puffer coats – you know, the catch-all term for those working water-resistant, ultrapractical “technical” coats you might tackle Everest in. Or at the least Storm Erik. Winter has…

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Autumn trends decoded: how to work the cowboy, explorer or lumberjack look

The autumn catwalk taken due note from Silicon Valley and Scott of the Antarctic Tech employee Anyone who has watched Mr Robot will have a head start this season, because the corporate drones who work at the drama’s fictional E Corp got an unlikely outing on the catwalk, namely for Off-White and Prada. There were lanyards and “unfashion” cagoules familiar to any office worker on a rainy commute. To take it beyond the 9-5, add pops of colouring and hope no one asked to reset their password. If you buy…

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