Visiting Italy


To Portofino the St Tropez of Italy. While touring northern Italy by car recently I decided to drop into this handsome harbour on the Riviera. We had read that actor Tom Cruise regularly sails into the place so while supping a £5 cup of espresso in the early autumn sunshine I asked my waiter if he’d ever seen him.
To my amazement I got a very English response: ‘I wouldn’t know him if I trod on him,’ he said which, as the American idol is reportedly anything from 4ft 9ins to 5ft 2ins tall depending on which bitchy celebrity magazine you read, suggested that the poor fellow was indeed a regular visitor.