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Twenty-one legs and a 395 kilometer-long route, from Dante Alighieri’s birthplace in Florence to his tomb in Ravenna, crossing the Apennine Mountains and immersing in silent woods and historic villages, waterfalls and Middle-Ages castles: on occasion of Dante’s 700th death anniversary, we recommend Le Vie di Dante (Roads of Dante), an exciting tour...

Much of Italy’s Region of Calabria is coastal, a peninsula in itself surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. Its southernmost riviera, running along the Ionian Sea between the cities of Riace and Locri, is known as the Costa dei Gelsomini, or Jasmine Coast. One of the wildest coastlines and steeped in history, the magnificent Costa dei Gelsomini winds...

Those looking for ideas and inspiration for the top resorts for skiing in Italy have a wide interesting range of options in front of them: along the Alpine range there are some of the top-end ski slopes in the world, many glamourous ski resorts, high-end hotels and spa facilities, gourmet lodges and every kind of outdoor activity for grown-ups and...

The pieces created by Michelangelo Merisi known as Caravaggio will always leave an impression: realistic, dramatic and provocative, they reflect the myth of a proud and exuberant character. The scenes depicted are able to engage us in a direct manner, as if we were witnesses to events which seem to be taking place here and now.  During the course o...

The ancient tratturi (singular tratturo) is one of the main features of the Molisan landscape. The tratturi are the mountain grassy paths that shepherds traditionally used two times a year for transhumance (precisely at the end of the summer and the beginning of the spring) to move their herds from the mountains in Abruzzo to the Tavoliera, or Plai...

A classic, an icon, it shaped Italy’s post-World War II pop culture, starring in one of the world’s favorite films and defining the Bel Paese in both image and reality. It is nothing if not an international symbol of Made in Italy style and design. Historical and Social Context With its musically-flowing yet minimalist lines and its practical funct...

San Martino di Castrozza, a petite and cozy Alpine town in eastern Trentino, lies in the heart of the Dolomite Mountains (themselves a UNESCO World Heritage Site).  Part of the municipalities of Tonadico and Siror, San Martino di Castrozza boasts 4,757 ft between it and the level of the seas, and it calls the slopes of the majestic Pale di San Mar...

Milan is known first and foremost as Italy's - and an international - fashion capital. The city hosts innumerable boutiques - selling jewelry, decor, and of course, the most sought-out fashion labels - in its Quadrilatero d'oro della moda or Fashion Quadrilateral. The district is brodered by four main thoroughfares - Via Monte Napoleone, Via Alessa...

Syracuse is a charming and striking town, called “the most beautiful city of Magna Grecia" by Cicero, which retains all its historical evidence as a cultural capital from the Greek age up to the Renaissance and Baroque periods.  The city lies in the setting of a picturesque natural harbour which is closed to the east by the island of Ortigia and at...

For travelers in search of the opportunity to relax by the sea - yet still partake in an active cultural and social scene - a trip to the lovely islands of the Bay of Naples is definitely one for the bucket list: we’re talking about Procida, Ischia and Capri. A long weekend is ideal for enjoying the beauties on display on these three islands and fo...

The magnificent Villa d'Este in Tivoli is one of Italy's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Just a brief train ride from Rome, Villa d'Este was originally commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este (Governor of Tivoli in 1550). The Cardinal, disappointed that he was not elected pontiff, wished to bring to Villa d’Este the luxury of the Ferrarese, Roman...

Turquoise waters, jagged coasts, hidden bays, rocks sculpted by the wind, white-sand beaches set within natural pink granite: this is the “comp card” of the Sardinian coast from Porto Torres to Olbia.  Both are final destinations on an itinerary that winds its way between the Gulf of Asinara and the Costa Smeralda and that touches some of the best-...