Inside Melanie Sykes’ loved-up trip to Lake Garda with Italian gondolier toyboy Riccardo

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Melanie Sykes, 50, and her Italian lover Riccardo Simionato, 23, reunited in Venice with, this week.

And now the smitten pair have ditched the floating city – where Riccardo works as a gondolier – in favour of a romantic trip to picturesque Lake Garda before visiting Verona.

TV star Melanie revealed that she and her beau are travelling around Italy by sharing a number of sun-drenched snaps to her Instagram Stories on Friday.

One offering she posted showed the Lake Garda listening as with mountains stood in the backdrop as Mel snapped a photo next to a tree covered in lemons.

Melanie Sykes, 50, is in Italy with her 23-year-old Italian beau
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Explaining her location she typed: "#lakegarda" atop of the gorgeous picture.

Melanie also shared that she is indulging in rich Italian cuisine during her getaway as she posted a photo of her yummy lunch that consisted of lobster tails and pasta.

The loved-up pair have been sharing snaps from their break
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Mel posed for Riccardo in one snap
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And another image showed Riccardo beaming as he posed sat on a bench by the lake.

The age-defying star – who is 27-years-older than her Italian boyfriend – also added two images to her Instagram Grid of her in the stunning location.

Mel shared a snap of her delicious lunch
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One of the images was of the sun reflecting on the water, which she captioned: " #lakegarda#bellisim o #view#tranquillo."

Another showed the brunette posing at the idyllic setting dressed in a mini-skirt and jumper.

She wrote next to the image: " #lakegarda#stroll#bluesky shot by @ricky_simionato."

Revealing that the lovebirds were taking a tour of Riccardo's native land, Mel later re-posted photos taken by her man of Verona Arena – a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra.

She also shared snaps of the beautiful setting
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Mel and Riccardo's romance was made public when they were snapped last month piling on the PDA in his gondola in Venice.

It's thought Riccardo first caught her eye when she was taking in the sites with one of her girlfriends.

The beauty also posted sun-drenched images to her grid
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And Melanie's shrugged off the critics of their age gap, insisting she found it "difficult to care" what people thought because she was "experiencing so much joy."

The new romance comes after her split from comedian and actor Steve Coogan.

Melanie and Steve were thought to have dated for just under a year after meeting at a party for his film Stan and Ollie.

The bombshell has been married twice – to Jack Caltagirone between 2001 and 2009, and to Jack Cockings between 2013 and 2016.

She shares sons Roman, 18, and Valentino, 16, with Tudors actor and first husband Jack.

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