Anyone looking to combine an Italian beach vacation with some hiking and cultural activities should head to the Riviera del Conero, a stretch of coast just south of Ancona in Le Marche, dominated by the 572-meter high Mount Conero. This mountain overlooking the sea is part of the regional park by the same name, Parco del Conero, a 6,000-hectare coa...

With nearly 5,000 miles of coastline, Italy has countless beaches up and down the boot as well as its magnificent islands. Here are seven worth exploring for the Mediterranean seascapes as well as the surrounding areas: Cala Corsara, Spargi island (Sardinia) The Maddalena archipelago, a cluster of islands off the coast of northern Sardinia, has lon...

Verdicchio, a dry white wine from the central Italian region of Marche, is one of the country’s longest lived whites. It has been called Italy’s best white wine by numerous writers, and it is also one of the finest values of any white anywhere in the world. Yet, you truly don’t see many offerings of Verdicchio on retail shelves or wine lists in Ame...

Italy’s riches extend to its 7600-kilometer coastline where you can find dozens of beaches with such lavish beauty it's hard to decide which one to choose. Here are seven of these spectacular coastal havens—ranging from north to south and to the islands of Sicily and Sardinia— that offer unforgettable seascapes and often surroundings that are as me...

Sono l’alter ego delle Bandiere Blu per i comuni rurali. Come quei vessilli azzurri certificano i migliori tratti di mare in base a una quantità di parametri ambientali, le Spighe Verdi sottolineano l’attenzione al territorio, alla qualità della vita, all’agricoltura e alla sostenibilità (anche quando, in certi casi, vengano assegnate a località ma...

The Rossini Opera Festival has chosen to present “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in a production by Pier Luigi Pizzi as its third major offering this August. Considering that this opera has appeared all over the world in the first half of this year (as reported by Rossini150 social media), it may at first seem a strange choice. Can there be such a thing...

The township has a new sister and she is 1,552 years old. The sister is the town of Carpegna, Italy, and Mayor Angelo Francioni met with his American counterpart, Mayor Rob Greenbaum, in ceremonies on Wednesday, June 27, celebrating the two sister cities. The celebration of the new relationship was held at town hall and at the Fratelli Beretta, USA...

Two years ago in Mount Olive, New Jersey, Italian cold cuts company Fratelli Beretta inaugurated the largest charcuterie factory in the United States: a true point of reference for the company’s success in America. Today the Beretta family, assisted by Lee Schreger and the Cerea brothers from the tri-star restaurant Da Vittorio in Brusaporto, is re...

The borgo of Montecassiano dominates the hill between the Monocchia river and the Potenza river. Its medieval identity is enclosed within the high walls, which still surround the old town, that were built starting from 1437, and that separate it from more recent buildings. The urban structure developed in concentric streets that followed the confor...

This month our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group is exploring verdicchio from all over Italy. One of the areas I am most familiar with when it comes to verdicchio is the region of Le Marche, which is located in central Italy. Le Marche has a long coastline along the Adriatic and touches 5 other regions to its west including Emilia Romagna to the...