Melanie Sykes, 50, enjoys a passionate kiss with gondolier enthusiast Riccardo Simionato, 23, in Venice


Melanie Sykes was spotted on Saturday enjoying a passionate hug with her toyboy gondolier lover in Venice as they continue to enjoy their revived romance.

In photos exclusively obtained by MailOnline, the 50-year-old TV presenter is seen enthusiastically closing his lips with Riccardo Simionato, 23 days after returning to Italy.

The star boarded a flight from the UK to resume her affair with the gondolier, who is 27 years younger, after a six-day romance with him in Venice in October.

sealed with a kiss: Melanie Sykes was spotted having a passionate hug with her toyboy gondolier lover Riccardo Simionato in Venice on Saturday

sealed with a kiss: Melanie Sykes was spotted having a passionate hug with her toyboy gondolier lover Riccardo Simionato in Venice on Saturday

The pair seemed to coordinate their ensembles for their public display of affection, each wearing black jerseys.

Born in Manchester, the stunning Melanie looked casual yet chic when she paired her top with skinny jeans and black boots.

She wore her shimmery raven tresses in a sleek shoulder-length blaze with a center parting, letting her natural beauty shine through by keeping her makeup light.

Hold me in your arms: the TV host seemed delighted to be in the company of the handsome Italian as he hugged her in his arms

PDA: Standing on a wooden bridge, the lovers were far from shy to pack on the PDA

Let’s Hug It: The photogenic lovebirds enjoyed long-lasting hugs amid their amorous display

On Monday, Melanie and her lover Riccardo took off from a romantic walk while carving out the sights in the City of Love.

Melanie looked effortlessly chic in a gray sweater dress and a black fitted coat with a belt wrap to emphasize her slim waist.

The former Boddingtons babe completed her look with a black purse, ballet flats and a face mask amid the coronavirus crisis.

Meanwhile, her toy boy Riccardo, who wore a beanie hat, opted for a black quilted vest and jacket paired with skinny jeans.

The pair appeared cheerfully on their walk with Riccardo and once proved to be lord while sheltering Melanie from the rain with an umbrella.

Later in the day, the two lovers were seen aboard a water taxi enjoying a day of sightseeing.

Melanie has shared a glimpse of her romantic getaway with Riccardo on Instagram and the couple recently enjoyed a day out on Lake Garda.

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

The look of love: the couple gazed lovingly into each other’s eyes while in the throes of passion

Casual yet chic: the stunning Manchester Melanie looked casual yet chic while pairing her top with skinny jeans and black boots

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

Melanie also posted a photo of herself in a water taxi to her Instagram on Friday, re-tagging Riccardo and an emoji with a purple heart.

After meeting last month when she paid him £ 72 for a half hour ride in his gondola, she has now returned to Venice and is getting up close again.

It is not known if Mel left before the second British lockdown took effect to reunite with her gondolier lover, with whom she initially had a six-day affair.

The twice divorced Mel, who has sons aged 18 and 16, looks much younger than her. As the brave gondolier, who refused to discuss their dispute, himself remarked, “Beauty is relative.”

The Manchester-born star had been in Venice on a mini-vacation with a girlfriend and first posted a photo of herself being punctuated along a channel 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. Is not true? ‘

But he clapped when asked if he planned to see Mel again. From Mel’s side, she posted a tantalizing photo on social media of the famous Rialto Bridge with the caption, “Ciao for now.”

Following the collapse of her first marriage to actor Daniel Caltagirone, Mel began a whirlwind romance with Jack Cockings, a roofer, whom she met on Twitter at the age of 28, who was 16 years younger than her.

They married in 2013, but she filed for divorce after just seven months of marriage and later admitted that she was married to ‘the wrong person’

She was linked shortly afterwards with singer Olly Murs, 14 years her junior, and German golfer Martin Kaymer, who is 15 years her junior, before dating 55-year-old comedian Steve Coogan for six months last year.

Mel has hosted a 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

Traveling in style: Melanie also posted a photo of herself in a water taxi to her Instagram on Friday, re-tagging Riccardo and a purple heart emoji

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