Melanie Sykes, 50, enjoys a stroll with lover Riccardo, 23, in Venice

Melanie Sykes, 50, enjoys a romantic stroll with gondolier lover Riccardo Simionato, 23, in Venice after jetting back to Italy to resume their fling

Melanie Sykes, 50, enjoyed a romantic stroll with her new lover Riccardo Simionato, 23, in Venice earlier this week.

The presenter has jetted back to Italy to resume her fling with the gondolier, who is 27 years her junior, after enjoying a six-day romance in October. 

Stepping out on Monday, Melanie and her lover Riccardo enjoyed a romantic stroll as they soaked up the sights in the city of love.

That’s amore! Melanie Sykes, 50, enjoyed a romantic stroll with her new lover Riccardo Simionato, 23, in Venice earlier this week

Melanie looked effortlessly chic in a grey jumper dress and black tailored coat which had a belt wrap to highlight her svelte waist.

The former Boddingtons babe finished her look with a black handbag, ballet pumps and a face mask amid the coronavirus crisis.

While her toyboy Riccardo, who wore a beanie hat, opted for a black padded vest and jacket teamed with skinny jeans.

The couple appeared in good spirits during their stroll with Riccardo proving to be ever the gentleman as he sheltered Melanie from the rain with an umbrella. 

Smitten: The presenter has jetted back to Italy to resume her fling with the gondolier, who is 27 years her junior, after enjoying a six-day romance in October


Romantic: Stepping out on Monday, Melanie and her lover Riccardo enjoyed a romantic stroll as they soaked up the sights in the city of love

Later in the day, the two lovers were seen getting on board a water taxi as they enjoyed a day of sightseeing. 

Melanie has been sharing glimpses of her romantic getaway with Riccardo to Instagram and the couple recently enjoyed a day out in Lake Garda.

The presenter shared an image of the gondolier to social media with a blue heart and tagged his account.

Melanie also posted a picture of herself on a water taxi to her Instagram on Friday, tagging Riccardo again and a purple heart emoji.   

Chic: Melanie looked effortlessly chic in a grey jumper dress and black tailored coat which had a belt wrap to highlight her svelte waist


Details: The former Boddingtons babe finished her look with a black handbag, ballet pumps and a face mask amid the coronavirus crisis

Good spirits: The couple appeared in good spirits during their stroll with Riccardo proving to be ever the gentleman as he sheltered Melanie from the rain with an umbrella

After meeting last month when she paid him £72 for a half hour’s ride on his gondola, she has now returned to Venice and has been getting up close once more.

It’s not known if Mel travelled out before the second UK lockdown came into force to reunite with her gondolier lover, with whom she initially enjoyed a six day fling with. 

Twice-divorced Mel, who has sons aged 18 and 16, looks much younger than her age. As the gallant gondolier, who declined to discuss their dalliance, himself noted: ‘Beauty is relative.’  

The Manchester-born star had been in Venice on a mini-break with a female friend and first posted a picture of herself being punted along a canal by obliging Riccardo the week before the romance was revealed. 


Exciting: Melanie has been sharing glimpses of her romantic getaway with Riccardo to Instagram and the couple recently enjoyed a day out in Lake Garda

Love at first sight: After meeting last month when she paid him £72 for a half hour’s ride on his gondola, she has now returned to Venice and has been getting up close once more


Fling: It’s not known if Mel travelled out before the second UK lockdown came into force to reunite with her gondolier lover, with whom she initially enjoyed a six day fling with

Asked if he prefers English women, Riccardo, who still lives with his parents, replied: ‘Every person is different, nationality doesn’t matter. True, no?’

But he clammed up when asked if he planned to see Mel again. For Mel’s part, she posted a tantalising picture on social media of the famous Rialto bridge with the caption: ‘Ciao for now.’

After the collapse of her first marriage to actor Daniel Caltagirone, Mel embarked on a whirlwind romance with Jack Cockings, a roofer, who she met on Twitter aged 28 at the time, he was 16 years her junior. 

Fun: Later in the day, the two lovers were seen getting on board a water taxi as they enjoyed a day of sightseeing


Age difference: Twice-divorced Mel, who has sons aged 18 and 16, looks much younger than her age. As the gallant gondolier, who declined to discuss their dalliance, himself noted: ‘Beauty is relative’

Getaway: The Manchester-born star had been in Venice on a mini-break with a female friend and first posted a picture of herself being punted along a canal by obliging Riccardo the week before the romance was revealed

They wed in 2013, but she filed for divorce after just seven months of marriage, later admitting she married ‘the wrong person’

She was briefly then linked to singer Olly Murs, 14 years her junior, and German golfer Martin Kaymer, who is 15 years younger, before dating comedian Steve Coogan, 55, for six months last year. 

Mel has hosted number of TV shows including ITV’s Today With Des and Mel, with the late Des O’Connor, and Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast  

Speaking out: Asked if he prefers English women, Riccardo, who still lives with his parents, replied: ‘Every person is different, nationality doesn’t matter. True, no?’

‘Ciao for now!’: But he clammed up when asked if he planned to see Mel again. For Mel’s part, she posted a tantalising picture on social media of the famous Rialto bridge with the caption: ‘Ciao for now.’

History: After the collapse of her first marriage to actor Daniel Caltagirone, Mel embarked on a whirlwind romance with Jack Cockings, a roofer, who she met on Twitter aged 28 at the time, he was 16 years her junior  – they wed in 2013, but she filed for divorce after just seven months

Travelling in style: Melanie also posted a picture of herself on a water taxi to her Instagram on Friday, tagging Riccardo again and a purple heart emoji

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