A mayor really isn’t supposed to say something like this. “We don’t want tourists.” I waited for the punch line. None came. “We don’t want to be occupied by tourists,” he continued. Tourism, he explained, will deplete a city of its soul — and this city has a prehistoric soul. I was in Matera, an ancient city of about 60,000 people, perched on top o...

The region of Basilicata was known in Roman times as Lucania – a name some residents still use today. Basilicata is in southern Italy and sits between the boot’s ‘toe and heel’, with Puglia to its north, the Ionian Sea to the south-east, Calabria to the south and southern Campania to the west.  Basilicata may be a small region, but its landscape is...

From Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to Tuesday, December 18, 2018. From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm EDT. Entrance: Free. Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 686 Park Avenue - New York, NY 10065. Organized by the American Academy in Rome and presented in the US by the Italian Cultural Institute, this exhibition highlights how photography has framed modern pe...

When: Monday, November 5, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Join us as two Italy-only travel companies, La Dolce Via Travel and Divertimento Group (DG) showcase two hidden Italian jewels: Murano, the island hidden within Venice's lagoons and Matera, the city chosen as the 2019 European Capital...

La mole dei dati analizzati non può che spingerci a definirli gli Oscar online delle Regioni Italiane. Sono i premi assegnati da Travel Appeal sotto l’insegna “Italia Destinazione Digitale”, insieme a Best Western Italia, Destination Italia, Human Company, Keesy e Unicredit. Già, perché la startup specializzata in intelligenza artificiale applicata...

Autumn in Italy means good food, great wine, and gorgeous colours. But where are the best spots to visit during the cooler months? Here are eight great destinations for an autumn getaway. Langhe, Piedmont. About an hour from Turin, this corner of Italy is great for wine, cheese, and truffles, the staples of an Italian autumn menu. Look out for the...

In recent decades, Italy has been repeatedly considered the perfect set for a lot of unforgettable international cinematographic productions, due to its fascinating cities and gorgeous natural beauties spread across the country. Despite there are many Italian directors who decided to portrait our countrysuch as Vittorio De Sica or Federico Fellini,...

The FAI (Italian Environment Fund) has defined it as “an unusual place” because against all odds and without political and economic support it has been proposed as a place of the Heart. Flanked by a massive campaign of buzz marketing and Viral Marketing has started to collect large tourist interests. It is the “Sentiero delle Ripe e dei Mulini” of...

Think Italy is all Roman ruins, winding coast and Renaissance architecture? Think again. When your country extends from the Alps to the Mediterranean and has centuries of diverse history, it's sure to hide some unexpected sights. Here are ten photos that you might be surprised to learn were taken in Italy.

Today, it's one of the most astonishing places in Italy -- a city carved into a rugged hillside -- but just a few years ago, Matera was branded a national disgrace. Many residents still remember when the city had a reputation for squalor and its residents made their homes in dark grottoes that in some cases were originally used by their ancestors 9...