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19 October 2020 02:40

A HANDSOME young gondolier has spoken of his six-day fling with TV presenter Melanie Sykes.

A HANDSOME young gondolier has spoken of his six-day fling with TV presenter Melanie Sykes. Twice-married Sykes, 50, fell for the charms of Riccardo Simionato, 23, while on a trip to Venice with a girlfriend. 'Beauty is relative,' he said. 'Maybe what in your eyes is beautiful, isn't to me. Every person is different, nationality doesn't matter.

Gondolier: Melanie Sykes and I are Sole Mio mates

True, no?' Sykes was pictured taking a ride on Riccardo's gondola last Saturday. Over the next few days, he showed her the sights, taking her for breakfast in Campo San Toma square and the couple were photographed snogging in the street. On her last day, Riccardo — who still lives at home with his parents — dropped her off at Marco Polo airport and waved her off. Asked by The Mail On Sunday if he would be staying in touch with the former Boddington's beer girl, he confessed: 'I don't remember. I meet a lot of people.'