Ask a claustrophobic to descend a dark, 1100m-long tunnel excavated inside a mountain and the most likely reaction will be a look of horrified panic. This scene played out recently during my vacation. I had joined a group tour for a one-week trek in the Dolomites, the famous mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, a beloved hikers’ playground....

I love the alpine regions of Italy. I've been lucky to visit a few of them and the scenery is stunning with the background of the dramatic mountain ranges including the Dolomites, Monte Bianco, the Appenines and more. Back in early 2015 I visited the Trentino-Alto Adige region for the first time and journeyed from Verona via train to the town of Tr...

There are two entirely different worlds of Pinot Grigio, and American imbibers are slowly catching on to the better one. True, there is an awful lot of highly indifferent PG sloshing around, and its very success commercially has tainted the reputation of what is, or can be, delectable, mountainside versions. Pinot Grigio, the good stuff, comes from...

One of the best aspects of living in Italy for over a decade as a travel writer has been discovering towns I didn’t have on my radar before moving here. From Tuscany to Calabria, the Dolomites to Basilicata, this country is crammed with villages full of art, food, and natural beauty—places that many travelers miss out on while focusing on the tried...

Last month when I was preparing for my article, it was snowing. This month, I was taking shelter from the blazing sun and in search of the perfect wine to help me endure the summer heat. I found that perfect wine — or, more specifically, wine region — in northeast Italy, in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. Like the subject of last month’s column,...

One of the best things about summer in Trentino is the way this beautiful region allows you to mix your pleasures. “You can combine a forest walk with cutting-edge art in a sculpture park, a big hike with dinner in a gastronomic mountain refuge, or maybe bit of mountain-biking with an open-air, Sounds of the Dolomites concert”. With bicycle tourism...

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...

I'm a bit early. Not, admittedly, in terms of the morning – there is still time for a cappuccino on the terrace of Hotel Melodia del Bosco. Below, the Alta Badia valley flirts with the sunlight; above, the hard ridge of Mount Santa Croce forces itself on the skyline. But I am definitely ahead of schedule in terms of cycling. Klaus Irsara checks the...

With its lush countryside, plunging coastlines, snow-capped peaks, and glittering lakes, Italy offers epic driving experiences for every kind of traveler. Here, we’ve put together our favorite Italian road trip itineraries — including where to stop, where to stay, and what you’ll see along the way. 1. Amalfi CoastKnown for its dramatic bluffs, past...

There’s a reason Rome and Venice are on just about every traveler to Italy’s bucket list. These cities are special and we love both of them for different reasons. If you’ve never been to Italy before, one or both should definitely have a place on your itinerary. But if you’ve been there and done that, Italy has a lot more to offer than La Città Ete...