Melanie Sykes, 51, reunites with Italian beau Riccardo in gushing tribute to 24 year old

Melanie Sykes, 51, reunites with Italian beau Riccardo in gushing tribute to 24 year old

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Melanie Sykes has shared a gushing tribute to her Italian lover Riccardo Simionato and a wonderful trip after she reunited with him for a romantic break away in Venice.

The 51 year old star is 27 years older than her beau, but the brunette beauty told fans he and the Italian people have “her heart” in an Instagram post.

Following a gorgeous holiday in the Italian city, Melanie shared a snap of her taking pictures of the beautiful sea as the sun beamed down.

With her long silky tresses clipped up in a windswept up ‘do, Melanie showed off her glowing tan in a teal and white patterned dress.

The star teamed her mediterranean look with some summery jewellery and a cream and tan waist belt.

Standing on a canal boat, Melanie captioned: “Ciao for now beautiful Venice. you & your people have my heart @ricky_simionato amore @francescodamosto @vale_d.m.l #venice #veniceforever #venicetillidie shot by my amazing friend @melaniejburnett #grandcanal #stmarkssquare.”

"Thank you very much for the good times spent together," Riccardo replied to his love, also sharing a heart emoji.

The loved-up broadcaster then wrote back with a row of heart and smiling face emojis.

Melanie first met gondolier Riccardo during another holiday to Venice in November last year.

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The Italian hunk has spoken about his romance with Melanie in a previous interview, saying “beauty is relative” and proving the age gap doesn’t bother him.

"Beauty is relative. Maybe what in your eyes is beautiful, isn’t to me,” Riccardo told Mail on Sunday at the time.

"Every person is different, nationality doesn’t matter. True, no?" he added.

Melanie went on to share a few more snaps of her Italian trip, with some tell-tale signs she was enjoying special moments with her man.

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In one sparkling late night shot of the canal as she rode on top a gondola, Melanie shared hashtags like #magicalmoments and #magicalvenicenight as she teased fans with her cryptic posts.

The star was previously married to Jack Cockings and Daniel Caltagirone, whom she shares children Roman, 18, and Valentina, 16, with.

Last year, Melanie’s friends reportedly told new! she was hopeful meeting Riccardo was her “happy ending” after a “cr*p year”.

"She hasn't found lasting love before and she really wants that. She's been wanting to find the perfect man and she thinks it could be him,” the friend added to the magazine.

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