San Pellegrino sparkling water has an air of Italian opulence, with its emerald bottle and bright blue label boasting a distinctive flair. But the drink's birthplace appears to have lost its fizz. Once a playground for the rich and famous, San Pellegrino Terme in the mountainous province of Bergamo is now a ghost town, with its cluster of art nouveau buildings slowly decaying. Photos shared to Flickr show how the town has suffered a gradual decline after a period of great wealth triggered by the formation of the San Pellegrino company in 1899. Pictured: An old kiosk, a dormant funicular, a retro San Pellegrino sign, a closed ticket booth and the crumbling Grand Hotel.
Is this the most beautiful sunset ever captured on camera? Timelapse footage shows an ultra-rare cloud formation bathed in a rainbow of colour
Firing up the day's sky with a blaze of golds, pinks and purples, this sunset is set to mesmerise you with its rippling rainbow of colour. Stormchaser Mike Olbinski stopped to capture the otherworldly scene on June 2 while he was driving through North Dakota. He created a timelapse video that shows the sunset's magnificent movement in all its glory. The cameraman highlights that no colour editing took place and the pigments in the sped-up footage are exactly what he saw.
One does love a cuppa! Tetley releases never-before-seen images from its archives as it celebrates turning 180… including King George popping into the factory for a brew
A previously unseen image of King George VI stepping foot inside the Tetley tea factory has surfaced, harking back to the days when the humble cuppa was at the height of fashion (top right). The black-and-white shot is one of several images revealed exclusively to MailOnline Travel to mark the tea giant's 180th birthday. The image shows the late monarch in a warehouse setting at Tetley's London depot, wearing a bowler hat and smart overcoat as he's greeted by a team of staff. Other photographs, unearthed from the company archives, show how the early tea factories operated (bottom right), how the tasting process worked (bottom left) and how tea was marketed as a health remedy (top left).
Alex Kempton became a professional pilot with airline Norwegian when he was just 18 and now, at 19, has just co-piloted a flight from Tenerife to Birmingham with his captain father, David. Norwegian arranged for David and Alex to fly together as part of Alex's flight training as David is a training captain, giving him the chance to train his son at his first airline job.
The ultimate hotel for trainspotters: Inside the luxury lodgings in Tokyo that are right next to the bullet train tracks at the main railway station
Even if you're not a trainspotter, the sight of a Japanese bullet train gliding along is quite a sight. And if you get a window seat at restaurant 'Blanc Rouge' at the Tokyo Station Hotel, you get to watch them slipping into the capital's main railway station from a distance of mere yards. The hotel, as the name suggests, is built right next to the station – though it's only from the restaurant, and two of the 150 bedrooms, that guests inside have a view of the trains. Most guests probably won't be fussed by that limitation. They've checked in, in all probability, not because of bullet-train-witnessing-opportunities, but because it's somewhere that's steeped in luxury – and has no equal in Tokyo for convenience. Ted Thornhill has the inside track.
The daredevils of yesteryear revealed: Photos capture wing-walkers playing tennis, workers dangling from scaffolding and wall-of-death drivers performing with LIONS in sidecars
Before the days of health and safety, thrill-seeking had no limits, as these fascinating vintage photographs show. Aerobatics (top left and right) proved to be a popular pastime back in the day, with intrepid stuntmen - and women - precariously strapped to the wings of a plane or dangling from a rope ladder. Meanwhile, the construction industry during the early part of the 20th century saw workers traverse steel beams unsecured with no harnesses (bottom right and centre). Another high-adrenaline activity popular with thrill-seekers involved car racing around motordromes with lions in sidecars (bottom left).
Cyclist who pedalled 11,000 miles from Norway to Africa reveals how he fought thieves in Egypt, got chased by bikers in Iran and entered a region in Russia locals said he wouldn't survive
On his epic bike ride from the Arctic Circle to South Africa, being saddlesore was the least of Reza Pakravan’s troubles. The 42-year-old in August 2013 attempted to set the world record for the fastest bicycle journey between Nordkapp in Norway and Cape Town with friend Steven Pawley – an 11,000-mile odyssey across 13 countries and three continents – and has revealed to MailOnline Travel how at times he genuinely feared for his life. As he prepared to enter the troubled region of Dagestan in the south of Russia, for instance, locals in neighbouring regions told him he wouldn’t make it out alive – and in Egypt he found himself caught up in a stand-off between armed militiamen and a tank. Here he reveals all to MailOnline Travel.
An axe in the cockpit, black triangles on cabin walls and anti-hijacking latches: The little-noticed aircraft fittings that can save your life
You may not have noticed some of these discreet aircraft fittings, until now. So what function do they serve? From the tiny black triangle marking found on cabin walls to the yellow hooks located on a plane's wings, MailOnline Travel reveals the workings behind eight minor but potentially life-saving fixtures.
The village that drowned: Haunting images capture a town buried under 300ft of industrial waste... with its church spire one of the few parts still showing
These are the dismal last days of Geamana, a Romanian ghost town drowning in industrial sludge. It was evacuated 40 years ago to make way for the Rosia Poieni copper mine. It is pictured (right) a few years before communist authorities cleared the village of some 300 families and (left) as it is today, with the church spire one of the few parts still visible. New Zealander photographer Amos Chapple captured Geamana and its near-total demise.
If you're an avid traveller looking to boost your Instagram followers, then these poses might just help your numbers fly. Tried and tested by some of the biggest influencers around, it appears that these clichéd positions succeed in maximising likes. If you're holidaying somewhere sunny, head to the beach for a yoga or thigh-baring photo shoot. Or if you've landed somewhere a bit more off the beaten track, a jumping shot might be in order to showcase a stunning backdrop. Oh, and don't forget to don something stylish, fashion counts too! So if you're looking to up your Instagram game, here's a round-up of the top envy-inducing travel poses around... Pictured: (From top left, clockwise) Follow me, the extreme location, the infinity pool pose, the yoga pose, the jumping shot and hot dog legs.
From a floating airliner to a waterborne hobbit hole: The most bizarre houseboats in the world revealed
From wave-shaped beauties to converted private jets, these wacky creations show how houseboats come in all shapes and sizes. Some are designed to bob along, allowing occupants to explore, while others remain permanently docked. If you're looking to get a taste of riverbank life, some of the boat homes are available to hire, with one London water-based abode coming in at £500 per night. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise to centre) The Maldivian floating home, a converted ferry, Liverpool’s Yellow Submarine, a London-based floating abode and the famed Cosmic Muffin plane boat.
True love never gets old: Touching images from around the world capture couples who've stood the test of time
Love, when it lasts, may just be the most universal triumph of all. And these photos, shared from Britain and America, to Korea and beyond, prove it's worth striving for. Pictured, clockwise from top right, a man pushing his fun-loving wife through a car park on a trolley; a pair of baseball fans who've enjoyed 56 years together and counting; a woman on a mobility scooter towing her husband via a skateboard; a gentleman browsing Valentine's Day cards; a grandfather with Alzheimer's giving flowers to his wife of 60 years; and an elderly couple dutifully sharing the load.
What police crackdown? Sunburnt British holidaymakers enjoy a LOT of Sangria on party island Majorca as tourists defy orders to behave and run through the streets NAKED as party season begins
Alcohol-fuelled photographs from the popular resort of Magaluf come as local authorities have tried to crackdown on bad behaviour from visitors. Meanwhile in the neighbouring town of Palma Nova a group of British tourists have been fined after they were filmed running through the streets naked in broad daylight (right). Magaluf is a favourite party destination for British tourists who come to blow off steam and enjoy the cheap alcohol prices on offer. Council officials are fighting to improve the area's image, where a lot of the bad behaviour is concentrated in a strip of bars known as Punta Ballena. Their attempts follow a string of controversial stories surrounding the resort in recent years which tour operators say are putting people off visiting the island altogether. British police were even dispatched to the party spot in 2015 to help Spanish officers deal with victims and offenders from the UK. But, despite the efforts from the authorities, photos taken at the resort last night still show revellers spilling out of bars and falling on the street.
The Mail on Sunday's Jenny Coad took British Airways' new 15-hour direct flight to Chile. Her two-week tour took her from the Atacama Desert (top right) to Santiago (bottom right) and the snow-capped Andes. From her hotel, Tierra Patagonia (bottom left), she star-gazed, hiked Moon Valley and admired guanacos in the Torres mountains (top left).
From soaking amid snowy mountains to vast oceanfront jacuzzis: The world's most spectacular hot tubs revealed
Here, MailOnline Travel presents its pick of the most lavish, unique and scenic hot tubs in the world. Pictured, clockwise from top left, Iglu-Dorf in Zermatt, Switzerland, a network of inter-connecting igloos complete with this hot tub offering; The Lodge at Tarraleah, which overlooks Tasmania’s highlands and has suites that come complete with wooden hot tubs nestled on polished rocks; Elsa’s Kopje safari resort in Kenya, positioned over Meru National Park; and the Aqua Dome spa in Austria, which boasts three huge thermal pools and a variety of hot tubs against the backdrop of the snowy Otztal mountains.
Worth stretching for? From a $14million gold encrusted Rolls Royce to a 26-wheeler with a helipad, the world's most outrageous limousines revealed
These luxury limousines, from the U.S to Brunei, promise to make you feel like king or queen of road, thanks to their gargantuan stature and range of James Bond-style gizmos. Some of them have been purpose built for Presidents and Sultans with cash to burn, while others are DIY jobs with cars chopped in two and bolted back together. The finishing touches include televisions, bars, helipads, hot tubs and, not to mention, dozens of wheels. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise) A Batmobile limo, the American Dream limo, the Midnight Rider and a stretch Mini Cooper.
Good call: Artist cleverly transforms scenes using images on his smartphone from TV shows, movies and video games
Frenchman Francois has undoubtedly chanced upon one of the most inventive uses of a smartphone – transforming landscapes using images from movies and TV. He uses stills from pop culture – such as The Simpsons, Star Wars and Guardians Of The Galaxy - and cleverly meshes them with everyday scenes and tourist attractions.
Welcome to Hamsterville! Rodent family explores squeaky-clean custom-built miniature town that took artists nearly 2,000 hours to build
On a Friday night, you're more likely to hear the pitter patter of tiny nails traipsing the cobbles of this town than the clattering of high heels. A team of artists from Georgia went about crafting a tiny world for hamsters, spending 1,984 hours piecing together miniature buildings and accessories. Photos show the rodents exploring their new home and partaking in a range of activities, including eating dinner in the kitchen and getting ready for bed.
Fascinating unseen archive photographs reveal coach travel through the ages as National Express turns 45
These nostalgic images take you on a journey down memory lane - charting the history of Britain's most famous coach company. National Express turns 45 this year, and to mark the occasion, the company has raided the archives and dug out a string of old photographs and marketing material. The monochrome and colour images give a fascinating insight into the origin of the much-loved brand and the travel fashions decades ago. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise to centre) A publicity shot from the 1980s, the exterior of a bus in the same decade, interiors from 1975, a bus on a test track and a service guide from 1966.
Meet the people doing everything possible to liven up the commute: Comical photos capture the most eccentric passengers ever spotted on public transport
We all make snap observations about our fellow bus or train passengers. But where do you even start with some of these? Pictured, clockwise from top left: A masked man asleep brandishing a snorkel; a subway passenger in Melbourne who had clearly had enough; an eclectically dressed character on a New York train; a team of gladiators on the London Underground; a colourful chap also spotted on the Tube in London; and a decked-out man on stilts with a tough journey ahead of him.
From selfies to bum-pinching, pranksters strike comical poses alongside statues and seemingly bring them to life
Awakened from a life of static rest, statues seemingly come to life in these comical photos. A spread of people chose to take posing with sculptures to another level and let their imagination run wild. The hilarious images give a whole new meaning to the sculptures' frozen poses. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise) Ronald McDonald gets mean, a cowboy gets fruity, a girl's first kiss, a clown issues a slap, a cyclist gets scooped up by a bear and a statue gets a crash-course in selfie-taking.
'It's like drinking Champagne at the top of a volcano': Discovering why Lebanon makes for a superb holiday (even though there is chaos all around, as the tour guides admit)
Bordering Syria and Israel, but nestled on the Mediterranean coast, Lebanon is a hotbed of culture, history and politics and its capital Beirut is the perfect place to have fun, as MailOnline Travel's Alex Matthews found out. Beirut is dirty, loud and frantic - but its beautiful architecture, stylish bars, fantastic food and charming people will leave you head over heels, he claims.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. This is the terrifying moment a reef shark attacks a spearfisherman, leaving him with a gaping wound on his leg and exposed bone. The unidentified man posted a video of the terrifying incident to YouTube, explaining how the fish 'came out of nowhere' off the Florida Keys.
From a Best Western at the Grand Canyon to a four-star at Heathrow: The world's most-booked hotels revealed
It doesn't look like much, but there is something remarkable about the Best Western Premier Inn at the Grand Canyon, Arizona - it's the world's most-booked hotel. At least, it is on TripAdvisor. But given that 390million people visit the site every month, it makes the achievement rather noteworthy. The site has revealed to MailOnline Travel its most-booked hotels in the world, in Europe and in the UK - and it seems that location is a major factor in ensuring a steady flow of visitors.
Forget silver linings... how about a MULTI-COLOURED one? Ultra-rare 'fire rainbow' spotted in clouds in California
Fire rainbows are considered the unicorns of meteorology. But thankfully one floated in the air above Santa Cruz in California's Channel Islands recently just long enough to be photographed. The phenomenon is actually a cloud formation, formally referred to as a circumhorizontal arc. Due to strong winds, the fire rainbow continually shifted with its vividness changing as it went.
From sheep's eyeballs to bull's penises: One travel writer reveals the most stomach-churning dishes she's ever eaten
Vegetarians and the squeamish, stop reading now. MailOnline Travel's Sadie Whitelocks (inset) has revealed some of the most stomach-churning things she's eaten on her travels, which includes tarantulas (left) and grasshoppers with bacon and pineapple (right). Read on to hear about her indigestion-inducing food encounters, which are likely to deaden rather than rouse your appetite..
From tree-dangling 'pods' to CLIFF EDGE tents: The world's most extreme (and magical) camping spots revealed
While for some of us, pitching a tent in the English countryside is about as adventurous as we're willing to go, there do exist a vast array of options for the more daring campers among us. Pictured, clockwise from top left: tourists in China camping on Laojun Mountain's six-ft-wide and 3,300-ft-high platform; Germany's Waldseilgarten Hollschlucht site, where you can sleep in tree 'pods'; daredevils in bivouac tents in California's Yosemite National Park; Vietnam's breathtaking Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world; the Erg Admer site in Africa's Sahara desert; and a grotto in British Columbia's Pemberton Ice Field.
The world is my stage! Comical photos capture dramatic performances from critters around the animal kingdom
Some creatures look permanently astonished by their very nature - the tarsier, for example, found on the islands of Southeast Asia, has the largest eyes comparative to its body size of all the mammals, which gives it a mesmerisingly melodramatic visage. And it's easy to see how meerkats, with their overtly sassy stance, have proved popular enough to get their own reality TV show. Cats also seem to have a particular affinity for displaying dramatic reactions, and the ostrich might just be the most judgmental-looking bird on planet earth. Here, MailOnline Travel presents a gallery of perfectly-timed snaps of stars who surely deserve an Oscar.
The biggest gardening project ever? Couple spend 26 years replanting a RAINFOREST (with before and after pictures revealing that they definitely have green fingers)
One couple has spent 26 years bringing a rainforest back to life. Pamela and Dr Anil Malhotra purchased around 55 acres of private land in the western Ghats of southern India in 1991. The area was suffering from heavy deforestation after being used as farmland and practically devoid of wildlife. But now the once-barren landscape is barely recognisable thanks to major replanting efforts, with lush greenery carpeting the land and a menagerie of wildlife lurking in the undergrowth.
The gentle grace of the mysterious humpback whale is captured in a mesmerising new photo series. Jem Cresswell spent three years following the marine mammals during their annual migration to Vava’a island in the Tonga to get the close-up shots. One image shows a humpback gliding towards the camera with barnacles on its underside. Another shows a mother and calf hanging close to the surface side-by-side. Some of the aquatic giants feature scratches on their ridged skin from underwater tussles or encounters with boats. Cresswell, who is based in Sydney, told MailOnline Travel that he was 'initially drawn to the whales’ gentle nature, sheer size and the feeling of insignificance in their presence'.