Melanie Sykes, 50, passionately kisses lover Riccardo Simionato, 23

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: ‘Ciao for now!’ Melanie Sykes, 50, shares steamy farewell kiss with gondolier toyboy Riccardo Simionato, 23, before jetting home from her second Italian visit

Melanie Sykes was spotted enjoying a passionate smooch with her toyboy gondolier lover in Venice on Saturday, as she prepared to fly back home to the UK.

In pictures exclusively obtained by MailOnline, the TV personality, 50, was seen  smooching Riccardo Simionato, 23, as her romantic jaunt to Italy drew to a close.

Later taking to Instagram share a snap of herself smiling as she sat aboard a gondola, she wrote: ‘Ciao for now… shot by @ricky_simionato #amore #venice ❤️.’

sealed with a kiss: Melanie Sykes was spotted enjoying a passionate smooch with her toyboy gondolier lover Riccardo Simionato in Venice on Saturday as her trip came to an end

Mel boarded a flight from the UK to resume her fling with the gondolier, who is 27 years her junior, after enjoying a six-day romance with him in Venice in October. 

The couple appeared to coordinate their ensembles for their public display of affection, with each wearing black sweaters.

Stunning Manchester native Melanie looked casual yet chic as she teamed her top with a pair of skinny jeans and black boots.

Wearing her glossy raven locks in a sleek shoulder-length blowout with a centre-parting, she let her natural beauty shine through by keeping her makeup light. 

Hold me in your arms: The TV presenter looked elated to be in the handsome Italian’s company as he wrapped her in his arms


PDA: Standing atop a wooden bridge, the lovers were far from shy about packing on the PDA

Let’s hug it out: The photogenic lovebirds enjoyed prolonged hugs amid their amorous display

Melanie appeared keen to hold onto lasting memories from her romantic getaway, as she was seen taking snapshots of her beau as he posed in his gondolier stripes.

Riccardo looked as though he may have a future in modelling yet, as he struck a series of smouldering poses while the British beauty snapped away.

Later in the day, the two lovers were seen boarding a water taxi as they enjoyed one last moment of sightseeing before Mel’s journey home.

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

Ciao: Later taking to Instagram share a snap of herself smiling as she sat aboard a gondola, she wrote, ‘Ciao for now… shot by @ricky_simionato #amore #venice ❤️’

 

Coordinated: The couple appeared to coordinate their ensembles for their public display of affection, with each wearing black sweaters


Casual yet chic: Stunning Manchester native Melanie looked casual yet chic as she teamed her top with a pair of skinny jeans and black boots

The look of love: The pair gazed lovingly into one another’s eyes while in the throes of passion

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.

Meanwhile, 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.  

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

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


Chance meeting: 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

Skipping the lockdown? It’s not known if Mel travelled out before the second UK lockdown came into force to reunite with her gondolier lover

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.   

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. 

Picture perfect: Melanie appeared keen to hold onto lasting memories from her romantic getaway, as she was seen taking snapshots of her beau as he posed in his gondolier stripes

Strike a pose: Riccardo looked as though he may have a future in modelling yet, as he struck a series of smouldering poses while the British beauty snapped away


Youthful: Twice-divorced Mel, who has sons aged 18 and 16, looks much younger than her age

Break: Mel had been in Venice on a break with a female friend and first posted a snap of herself being punted along a canal by obliging Riccardo the week before the romance was revealed

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. 

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.’

Selfie: Amid all of the rooftop PDA, Melanie posed for a selfie, which she posted on Instagram

Whirlwind romance: After the collapse of her first marriage to actor Daniel Caltagirone, Mel embarked on a whirlwind romance with Jack Cockings, a roofer

Ex: She met her ex Jack on Twitter. He was aged 28 at the time, making him 16 years her junior

Romantically linked: She was also briefly linked to singer Olly Murs, 14 years her junior, and German golfer Martin Kaymer, who is 15 years younger

Love: Mel embarked on a romance with comedian Steve Coogan, 55, for six months last year

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 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  

Soaking up the sights: Later in the day, the two lovers were seen getting on board a water taxi as they enjoyed one last day of sightseeing before Mel jetted home


Scenic: The lovebirds have been spotted out and about in scenic Venice for much of the week

Taxi: Naturally, as a part of their day of sightseeing, the couple boarded a waiting water taxi

Together: They sat side by side as they were whisked through the waters of the popular locale

Lockdown plans: The couple will likely have to wait to see how each of their countries’ COVID-19 lockdown plans pan out before they can plan to meet up with one another again

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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