Melanie Sykes, 50, returns to Venice to rekindle fling with gondolier toyboy, 23 – Mirror Online

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Melanie Sykes has headed back to Venice to pursue her romance with the 23-year-old gondolier lover she was spotted snogging last month.

The pair looked very happy to be reunited as Mel, 50, was seen enjoying another passionate embrace with the 27 years younger boatman in pictures obtained by the Daily Mail.

The TV star was seen being helped out of the vessel by handsome Riccardo Simionato, who was wearing his striped uniform and ribboned hat.

Once again Ricardo treated Mel to a dreamy ride around the romantic Italian city as she beamed from the front seat.

Mel Skykes and Riccardo Simionato were pictured looking cosy together last month
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When it was time for the former Des and Mel presenter to hop back on to shore, she thanked Ricardo by wrapping an arm around him while he leaned in for a smooch – making it clear their romance is still very much on.

Their latest date comes after the smitten pair were first pictured together back in October.

Twice divorced mum-of-two Mel met Riccardo, who reportedly still lives with his parents, during a six day jaunt to the historic city.

Mel had been taking in the sights with one of her girlfriends before Riccardo caught her eye.

Mel was pictured being sailed around the romantic city by Riccardo, 23, last month
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In one of her latest Instagram posts she was happy to confirm she was back
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The TV presenter paid him £72 to take her on a tour of the floating city and within 24 hours later the pair were spotted locking lips as their acquaintance took a passionate turn.

They were later seen grabbing an alfresco coffee and breakfast in Campo San Toma square.

After the pictures of her holiday romance emerged, a defiant Mel hit back at critics ridiculing her six-day love affair.

The former Boddingtons model said she found it “difficult to care” what people thought because she was “experiencing so much joy”.

Twice-divorced Mel said she did not care what people thought
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Mel mourned the loss of close friend Des O’Connor last week

She confessed to being swept up in “those happy moments in this crazy world” as she opened up about her time with Riccardo.

She wrote: “Morning strumpets. I knew I was being stalked on my holiday but I managed to ignore it, partly because It’s just what happens but mostly because I was experiencing so much joy, it was difficult to actually care.

“May you also recognise, appreciate and take those happy moments in this crazy world. love Melanie x #livethatlife.”

Mel has two sons her sons Roman, 18, and Valentino, 16, from her first marriage to actor Daniel Caltagirone.

 

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