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Great news! The new podcast by Visit Italy is a local, informal, entertaining journey through Italians' Italy. We start with a trip to the Rome loved by the Romans. We have been doing so for a few months, and you have shown us your appreciation. Week after week, we are telling you about Italy according to Italians in our Like a local column. With a...

A woman was found dead and around 10 people were still missing on the southern Italian holiday island of Ischia after a landslide engulfed buildings during heavy rain on Saturday, a local government official said. The landslide struck in the town of Casamicciola Terme following heavy rainfall in the early hours of the morning, bringing serious floo...

Cars, motorcycles, and busses whiz at breakneck speed on the modern roadway that encircles this ancient town. Commerce is healthy here, just as it seems to always have been. Eyes divert, though, to a sea of emerald grass, a solid moat separating the road from a continuous stretch of forbearing massive walls – the acclaimed Mura di Lucca. Lucca’s wa...

Spending the morning rush at a café for a quick coffee and pastry is not as common as it used to be. But luckily, there's still Italian breakfast in bed! This week, Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria, an Italian bakery located in the Evelyn Hotel of Manhattan, launched Pastry Chef Salvatore Martone's latest treat: frozen sfogliatelle ready to bake a...

Rome mayor Roberto Gualtieri has paid tribute to a taxi driver who saved the life of a tourist after the man collapsed on a street near the central Termini station. The driver, identified as Gianluca, witnessed the scene as he drove by in his 'Lyon 2' taxi. Without hesitating he grabbed the defibrillator he had in his car and rushed to the man's ai...

An ancient gold coin proves that a third century Roman emperor written out of history as a fictional character really did exist, scientists say. The coin bearing the name of Sponsian and his portrait was found more than 300 years ago in Transylvania, once a far-flung outpost of the Roman empire. Believed to be a fake, it had been locked away in a m...

The cult of San Gennaro could become a world heritage site. Today civil and religious institutions will announce the candidacy of the cult of the Neapolitan patron saint as an intangible cultural asset recognized by UNESCO. The precise title of the candidacy is "The popular cult of San Gennaro in Naples and the world."The Neapolitan saint is known...

Far from the Apulian coast and close to the border with Basilicata there is a city famous for the identity of the historic center and for its gastronomic excellence: Altamura. Let’s better know this pearl of Puglia. Altamura is located in the hinterland of the province of Bari, almost on the border with Basilicata and very close to the city of Sass...

Why do tourists go to San Gimignano? It’s an inspiring medieval town. All those towers get photographed, water colored and sketched by artists and wanderers. Yes, there’s good gelato to be found in San Gimignano. But there’s no need to travel to a town without a railway station just for gelato. You come for those towers. You want to see the Manhatt...

Food in Parma is all about our unique products – parmesan cheese, Parma ham – and the way we prepare them, as antipasti or as fillings for pasta. The best quality is found at the traditional salumerie and cheese shops on Piazza Ghiaia. Cibivari, half a mile away on Strada XXII Luglio, is a bakery and deli recently opened by the dynamic Roberta Boni...

The American magazine The Travel has published a ranking of top 10 most beautiful villages in Italy according to international tourists. This list of villages in Italy excludes some of the most well known villages that attract thousands of tourists every year, and instead focuses on small villages on Italy that are less well known but no less fasci...

Have you ever wondered which are the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Italy? The Christmas atmosphere spreads long before in the streets of the towns and villages of our country. Little Santa Clauses starts appearing on the balconies of houses, illuminated by coloured lights. Shop windows are adorned with decorations and illuminations, as are th...