48 Hours

City Breaks: All destinations

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...


Verona Europe, Italy

Travel Time

2hrs 10mins

Try ‘fair Verona’, the Italian city that captured Shakespeare’s imagination and is sure to have a similar effect on yours. It’s a feast of Renaissance architecture and the food scene is spectacular. Expect risotto with Monte Veronese cheese, washed down with lashings of full-bodied Amarone.

‘In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…’ Shakespeare couldn’t have been more accurate. Summers involve eating gelato on cobbled streets, walks along the Adige riverbank and concerts in a Roman amphitheatre. The Unesco-listed old town is parts medieval, Renaissance and classical – not…

  • Hanoi

    Hanoi Asia, Vietnam

    Travel Time

    11hrs 30mins

    Hanoi, the northern Vietnamese city exploding with energy after years of restrictive regimes. Expect a buzzing café culture, glamorous champagne bars on West Lake and some of the most tantalising street food in Asia. The old quarter is a colourful tumble of alleys that lure you in with tailoring and trinkets, and keep you coming back for encounters with local characters and cool spots where you can sip pomegranate juice and watch this metropolis’s many stories unfold.
  • Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires South America, Argentina

    Travel Time

    13hrs 30mins

    Get the party started in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s fiery capital, where the weather’s hot, the tango’s steamy and the steak so tender it can be sliced with a spoon. Tree-lined boulevards and neo-classical architecture may look surprisingly European but the sensual undercurrent is Latin American all the way. Be swept away by the city’s beat in a dance class or rub shoulders with passionate Porteños (locals) at a polo match.
  • Gothenburg

    Gothenburg Europe, Sweden

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Sweden’s second city is like the cooler, laid-back kid sister of more established Stockholm. Small wonder it’s known as Little London, says Imogen Lepere
  • Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    12hrs 10mins

    Cities rarely get more lively and colourful than this distinctive metropolis where musical heritage and nightlife collide with beaches and tropical climes, says James Williams
  • St Ives

    St Ives Europe, United Kingdom

    Travel Time

    5hrs 10mins

    This bustling Cornish village is home to a thriving artistic community, idyllic beaches and superior produce that’s guaranteed to sate the appetite, says Imogen Lepere
  • Salcombe

    Salcombe Europe, United Kingdom

    Travel Time

    1hrs 10mins

    Seaside traditions meet elegant coastal style in this upmarket Devon town, where the seafood draws diners as much as the cream teas, says Imogen Lepere
  • Osaka

    Osaka Asia, Japan

    Travel Time

    13hrs 30mins

    Blending bustling modern streets with traditional culture, the food and finance capital of Japan more than lives up to its name as the ‘nation’s kitchen’, says James Williams
  • Hamburg

    Hamburg Europe, Germany

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    Germany’s second-largest city is embracing its long-awaited and edgy new look with a swathe of über-cool bars, restaurants and boutique hotels, says Stefanie Will
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