Agrigento is located in the region of Sicily and was once one of the great cities of the ancient world. Founded in the 6th century BC as a Greek colony known as Akragas, the city was added to theUNESCO World Heritage site list in 1997 thanks to its rich archeological remains. Many ancient temples were built in the town, several of which are still i...

Yo, guys: don’t get so big-headed just because there is an Isle of Man. Bet you didn’t know there is an Isle of Women, in Sicily. Well, suck it up — there is. The Sicilian women created their own [wo]man-caves, so to speak. Sicily is a unique region full of fascinating people, landscapes, history, architecture and unique wonders. It is said that th...

Italian food isn’t the result of a single culinary style. It is a delectable mosaic of many regional cooking traditions that stem from each province’s geography and climate, agriculture, history, and culture. Each region provides a different flair—the truffles in Piedmont as authentically Italian as the gelato in Rome, inside the Lazio region. Whil...

Set in the depths of the Sicilian countryside, this rustic Ragusa property is ringed with traditional dry stone walls. Le Edicole has undergone a renovation by architect Arturo Montanelli, who restored the villa’s weathered stonework, contrasting it with new elements in steel and wood. A floating metal staircase leads to the upstairs rooms, which a...

Florence, Venice, and Rome? Forget about it! Admittedly, these richly endowed (albeit over-touristed) Italian cities are destinations every traveler needs to visit at least once in a lifetime—probably more than once. But for those who want to experience smaller towns that still remain authentic and unvarnished by hoards of tourists, here are three...

The Royal Palace of Capodimonte (in Italian, Reggia di Capodimonte) was built in 1738 by will of Charles VII king of Naples and Sicily, who made it his hunting lodge near Naples. It served as royal palace for the House of Bourbon as well as for French sovereigns Joseph Bonaparte and Joachim Murat, and finally for the Savoy family, who lived here un...

“Is it okay,” I asked, “to put my hand here?” “Here” was Jesus’ brown hair, on a 700-year-old fresco of the crucifixion, in a cave church in Puglia, Italy. In the fresco, Jesus’ eyes were depicted as closed, giving the portrait an oddly serene feel. My task at the moment was to use a scalpel to scrape away calcium deposits on the right eye (a spide...

Langhe and Roero, an area in the Cuneo province located only 70 kilometres from Turin offers a gastronomic delight that is unparalleled in the world. Though Langhe and Roero’s main draw has been food and grape beverage for years, culture, art, nature and outdoor activities are fast taking up second place. This diversification has allowed for an inc...

Last year, we had some leftover airline credit on Norwegian Airlines. On the day it was set to expire, in a panic, I asked my four-year-old son, Holt, where we should go. “I love pasta!” he said. “But not with red sauce.”  In retrospect, perhaps I should not have organized an entire trip around trying to prove to my four-year-old that he did, in fa...

The Civic Temple of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Crowned was built in a “lost” corner of Lodi, a suburb where love was sold for money and violent fights regularly broke out in the streets. One day in 1487, a miracle happened: a small 14th-century effigy of Mary, inside the local brothel, shed a tear for the human desolation that surrounded it, expre...