L’Italia, ancora una volta, sembra essere la nazione più amata per le vacanze estive, tant’è vero che le statistiche parlano di quasi 86 milioni di presenze sul nostro territorio, addirittura oltre 1,6 milioni in più rispetto a quelle che si erano registrate la scorsa estate. Queste previsioni di agosto, che sono emerse grazie all’indagine condotta...

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...

It’s easy to miss the ancient Tuscan town of Sommocolonia. Perched on the spine of a high ridge amid a wild expanse of canyons, ravines and chestnut forests 38 miles north of Pisa, there are no restaurants, inns or cafes there. Nor are there any banks, grocery stores, pharmacies or things that really make a town a town. The stone settlement isn’t i...

Just a few years ago, you might have been forgiven for thinking that Palermo’s main attraction was its collection of Mafia hot spots. Sure, the city’s tangled history with Godfather-esque organized crime dons will continue to lure its fair share of tourists to the capital of Sicily. But nowadays, Italy’s fifth-largest city is drawing an increasingl...

Posizionate in vari luoghi del centro della Capitale, le Statue Parlanti nacquero in epoca pontificia quando il popolo cominciò ad appendere al collo di queste sculture cartelli con scritte satiriche, invettive e dialoghi umoristici mirati a deridere vari personaggi pubblici, tra i quali spesso anche il Papa, ovviamente rigorosamente di autori anon...

"Ho voluto essere vicina, nel suo paese d'origine, a un connazionale che da cinquantadue anni vive negli Stati Uniti, tornato appositamente in Sardegna per il ritratto di gruppo più grande del mondo”. Così la senatrice Francesca Alderisi (FI), eletta nella Circoscrizione Estero, ripartizione Nord e Centro America, dopo l’iniziativa di successo del...

In terms of tourism, Umbria seems to suffer the misfortune of sitting in the metaphorical shadow of Tuscany, its neighbor due west. Why? Compared to Tuscany, Umbria falls short along several dimensions. It’s one-third the size, making it the smallest region in Italy, and it has no large cities. Umbria is also the only region in Italy without a coas...

Venice may be one of the most alluring cities in the world, but a lot of people who have it at the top of their travel bucket lists are focused almost wholly on the canals. This is fair enough, in a sense. The canals that crisscross this city are what make it so unique, and they lend a sort of otherworldly atmosphere to the city that no individual...

How do I get there? Tucked away in a particularly mountainous kink of the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre villages were shaped by their profound isolation. Today the villages’ exquisite ruggedness still presents a few challenges for accessibility. Although all the villages can be reached by car, you’ll need nerves of steel for the narrow, twistin...

The sea during the summer is not the only “solution”. In fact, the Italian mountains offer a fresh alternative to a “classic” seaside holiday. For enthusiasts, they are places which concentrate on relaxation and rejuvenation, where Nature plays a leading role even when there is no snow. Let’s take a look at the 5 most beautiful mountain places to v...