Mantua is a tiny medieval city that punches way above its weight in history, architectural splendor, and delicious cuisine. Considered one of the main artistic and cultural hubs in Northern Italy, its Centro Storico, or historical city center, and nearby Sabbioneta form a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mantua owes a lot of its prestige to th...

After about one month of renovations, the Bormio’s Bagni Vecchi (Old Baths) have reopened, allowing the public to enjoy once again the historical, panoramic pool (with a breathtaking view of Valdidentro, in Valtellina) and ancient springs, managed today by QC Terme. The Bagni have a long history and tradition: an 1870 travel guide mentions, “Crossi...

It's no surprise that Italy has been a firm favourite for holidaymakers for decades. The weather is sunny, the food is famously delicious, and there's plenty to do whether you're after a cultural getaway or a beach break. Plus, you don't need to break the bank for a visit - there are plenty of cheap flights on offer, not to mention the wide array o...

To celebrate the 450° anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi‘s birth, the Italian cities of Cremona, where the famous composer comes from, Mantova and Venice will evoke  Monteverdi’s life and masterpieces within historical palaces, baroque churches and beautiful hidden gardens and courts. In what has been labelled the “year of Monteverdi“, which started...

Milan usually plays second fiddle to Italian vacation destinations such as Florence or Rome. It’s known by most Americans as a center for fashion and industry, but Milan is also a magnificent place to visit with incredible art, museums and attractions. Ed Pizzarello, a travel writer and founder of the travel blog Pizza in Motion, told me Italy is a...

Le vie d’acqua e il design sono i punti di sintesi tra Milano e Chicago. Da questa mattina, il sindaco di Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, è in visita nel capoluogo lombardo. A Palazzo Marino con il collega Beppe Sala (che ha anche annunciato la possibilità di tenere il referendum sulla riapertura dei Navigli in concomitanza con le prossime elezioni regional...

Isola dei Pescatori (meaning “fishermen’s island” and also known as Isola Superiore) is part of the Borromean Islands in Lake Maggiore. In Ernest Hemingway’s famous “A Farewell to Arms”, protagonist Frederic Henry stops here during the First World War, to drink a vermouth: I rowed across to Isola Bella and went close to the walls, where the water d...

Looking for a vacation marked by nature, relaxation and reinvigoration? Want to enjoy sports and athletic activity in the fresh air? Bormio is one of several Italian destinations ideal for all of the above. Set within the expansive fields and pastures of Valtellina and traversed by the River Adda and the Frodolfo Stream, Bormio is a splendid little...

The rating of the world’s most attractive places of interest has been recently released by Tripadvisor, the famous website for trip planning and booking. Duomo, the Milan cathedral dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, is among the top ten most appreciated tourist attractions. The closest competitors of Duomo are Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dh...

UNESCO has added another Italian site to its list of unique and irreplaceable cultural and natural heritage, the Italian culture minister announced Sunday. The new World Heritage site is called the Venetian Works of Defence, a complex enclave of fortifications designed and built by the ancient seafaring Republic of Venice between the 15th-17th cent...