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Seven are the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago: Elba, Giglio, Giannutri, Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo and Gorgona. The largest of these islands is Elba – the third largest island in the entire Mediterranean, and with a seemingly-infinite array of assets, Elba requires a generous amount of time to visit and enjoy all of it. It is made up of eight...

There is no clear indication of the precise moment when olives were first cultivated on the land around Garda. Some writings mention a climatically favourable period between the 3rd century BC and the 3rd century AD, to which an initial, slow but progressive introduction of olive growing can be traced.

With every new start to the Christmas season, the shopping race takes off, and the Italian streets are filled with exquisitely festive colors and light. Shop windows are decorated to attract the eye, while most cities also host their own Christmas markets, where you can purchase typical products and, most of all, presents and almost anything to do...

The actual fortified area of Cordovado, also known as ''The Castle'' (11th century) is the result of centuries of modifications. The modifications involved castle's walls, towers, moats and drawbridges. The medieval village is in the area of The Castle. There are some interesting buildings : beautiful dwellings (Palazzo Ridolfi, Palazzo Bozza Marru...

Lasagne, ravioli and stew with polenta are typical Sunday luncheon dishes during the cold months. Cannelloni, certainly, also appear on this list. These succulent cylinders of pasta dough, stuffed with a mix of different meats and topped with bechamel sauce and tomato, are typical of Emilia Romagna, one of the Italian regions well-known for its tas...

Lampedusa’s famed quote, “If things are to remain the same they will have to change,” is still relevant today. To the keen eye, this is evident in an artistic renaissance happening in Sicily today. Once prized for its strategic position connecting disparate worlds and culture, that advantage changed long ago. In recent history, Sicily and its art s...

For Rome’s tourists, the ancient fountains in front of the Spanish Steps, in Piazza Navona, that called Trevi and many others are the objects of ceaseless wonder and admiration. And Romans’ age-old relationship with their water is unique and eternal, given the majesty of their aqueducts and, above all, their fountains.

In one of my last classes on traditions and cultural diversity, I had an interesting exchange with non-Catholic students who were having trouble in understanding the value of Christmas in general and for Italians, in particular.

Let’s start our tour of the languages and dialects of Italy with one of the most spoken, especially abroad: Sicilian. Since 2010, Sicilian holds the official status of language and is spoken mostly in Sicily, which is in the south of Italy. According to the UNESCO, in fact, Sicilian is a “mother language” and it could be even older than Italian! Ye...

The current complex of Villa Fidelia overlooks, in a very scenic location, the road that runs through the Valle Umbra separating it from the first hills rich of historical settlements and prestigious olive crops. The complex was commissioned in the sixteenth century by the Urbani family and was built on the remains of a sanctuary belonging to a set...

Francesco Petrarca is considered the father of the Italian language and of Humanism. In the Italian literature scenario, more than everything he represents the ideals of the modern man, who wanted a clean break with the medieval past, recovering the centrality of man in the service of an absolutely innovative poetic, made of stylistic perfection th...

The tragic earthquake in central Italy that lasted all summer in different waves, created a real disaster for the historical and artistic heritage of the affected areas, of course besides the distressing news for the population and for the victims. The earthquake zone is closely linked to the medieval Romanesque art that radiates throughout Europe...