A culinary guide to Osaka, Japan's party city

A culinary guide to Osaka, Japan's party city

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Sept/Oct 2020
Off the beaten track in Italy
by National Geographic Traveller
Whether it’s an urban, coastal or countryside adventure you seek, there are plenty of alternative ways to discover this timeless destination.
Photograph by Francesco Lastrucci

The Sept/Oct 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK) pulls back the curtain on some of Italy’s unsung experiences, including meeting village artisans in Le Marche, heading out on a road trip through historic Puglia and spending a perfect day in Trieste. Whether it’s an urban, coastal or countryside adventure you seek, there are plenty of alternative ways to discover this timeless destination.

Elsewhere in the issue, we trail Kenya’s Maasai Mara conservancies on foot, explore the dramatic, storied Coastal Way in Wales, spend a long weekend in Cappadocia, Turkey, and celebrate the colours of India’s Holi festival. Our urban stories shine a light on Osaka, Palma, Kuala Lumpur, Mexico City, Buffalo and Lausanne. Plus, we discover Australia’s new Museum of Underwater Art, new UK outdoor exhibitions and installations, take a walking tour of Coimbra’s cobbled streets, and pull together a quick guide to exploring Nidderdale.
 

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