NEWS FROM : ITALY  

The famed Seven Hills of Rome – i Sette Colli di Roma – Palatine, Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Quirinal, and Viminal have loomed over The Eternal city ever since its existence. Though the city now contains more than seven hills, (like The Janiculum, for example), these seven were the ones all contained within The Servian Walls, which w...

I can recall more than one incident of tap-tapping my foot on Italian pavement, repeatedly checking my watch as an exasperated sigh escaped my lips. The orario (schedule) said the train was to depart at 13.15 – where is it? More than once, I’ve twisted my head, owl-like, in a trattoria as I searched for my waiter, struggling to squelch rising impat...

The Barberini family, an aristocratic Italian dynasty, attained enormous riches, power and influence in 17th-century Rome, peaking with the election of Cardinal Maffeo Barberini as Pope Urban VIII in 1623. The two-decade long pontificate of the new Barberini pope - a passionate patron of the arts - was marked by ecclesiastical, diplomatic and cultu...

Forty years ago, the people of Ulassai, Italy tied their isolated Sardinian village to a nearby mountain. Starting on September 8, 1981, the collective action would last three days, involve almost all of the town’s 1,000 inhabitants, and require nearly 17 miles of light blue denim ribbon. The ribbon snaked up side streets, draped between balconies,...

Located in south-central Italy, the region of Abruzzo stretches from the heart of the Appennino mountains, to the Adriatic Sea, on a mainly mountainous and wild land. Between the rocky slopes and pristine peaks arise tourist resorts and well-equipped skiing facilities and Winter Sports, like at Roccaraso. There are numerous nature reserves, like th...

Tucked away in a particularly mountainous kink at the eastern end of the Italian Riviera, the villages of the Cinque Terre (pronounced chin-kwe ter-re, with a rolled "r" sound)  were shaped by their profound isolation. Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these beautiful, colorful towns can bolster the most jaded of spi...

Recently, the fantastic youtube algorithm, instead of giving us the usual videos stuffed with cute kittens, finally recommended a very interesting video.  We came across a video posted back in 2016 by a certain Giovanni Castellana, listing 10 things you probably didn’t know about Sicily and as Giovanni writes in the video’s description, ‘The purpos...

If you’re looking for a really original way to get to know Rome, if you want to discover the secret of the dreamy atmosphere that makes it so truly unique and inimitable, try a trip on Tramjazz.The Stanga 1947 model isn’t just any old tram; it’s a legendary vehicle, the first “bendy-tram” in the capital, the jewel of the historical collection of AT...

After two years of negotiations, the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO has inscribed the territory of "Monte Grappa" in the List of UNESCO MAB Biosphere Reserves. The works of the Intergovernmental Council of the UNESCO MAB Program started on Monday 13th and will continue throughout the week. The Italian delegation, led by Professor Pier Luigi Pe...

Italy's premier Mario Draghi has been included in this year's TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world according to the American news magazine. Draghi is the only Italian on the annual list in what is his third time to make the cut - previously as European Central Bank boss and now as prime minister of Italy. The final list of indi...

When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was at a loss for words Wednesday to capture the soul of the European Union and its future, Bebe Vio was there to help the EU’s top official at the end of her State of the Union address. Sitting anonymously among the European legislators for most of the hour-long speech, which is a highlight o...

Along with joyful anticipation, when packing for a trip to Italy, panic may ensue. Here are Ten Tips to bring back the fun. 1. Pack light. Dragging a heavy suitcase through an airport or up train steps drags down your trip. Choose versatile clothes within a color scheme to easily mix and match, stick to travel size toiletries, and load books, guide...