NEWS FROM : ITALY  

When most people think of Italian Riesling, the wines from the northeastern Trentino-Alto Adige spring to mind. Yet, producers in the gently undulating valleys of Lombardy’s Oltrepò Pavese are bottling some of the country’s most vibrant examples of the grape. Sprawled across hills that stretch as high as 600 meters, Oltrepò Pavese (“Pavia beyond th...

Those who want to unplug from the stressful daily routine are waiting for the weekend to organize something relaxing, such as a spa stay. In Italy, springs surface everywhere and there are many, therefore, spas capable of providing physical and mental well-being: some of the most beautiful spas in Italy can even be found in the basements of large o...

An important promise for Italy in the new adventure to the Moon. Italy has obtained a "formal commitment" from the European Space Agency (Esa) that one of two Italian astronauts from the class of 2009, namely Samantha Cristoforetti or Luca Parmitano, will participate in the planned mission aboard the future Lunar Gateway space station in lunar orbi...

Italy has made it to the semi-finals of the Davis Cup by Rakuten, one of the most prestigious male tennis events in the world. The veteran players Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli faced Jack Sock and Tommy Paul in an unbelievable 6-4, 6-4 victory in Malaga. “The Italian Job” was largely celebrated by the crowd, who sang songs with Fognini and Bolel...

Set in the jagged Dolomites of Northern Italy, just two hours from Venice airport, Cortina offers low-key glamour, stunning scenery and a taste of la dolce vita. What was once an icy battleground during the First World War is now the resort of choice for well-heeled skiers, as well as a few A-listers. Also known as ‘queen of the Dolomites’, the are...

The night before we arrived at Locanda La Raia, a winery and boutique hotel just north of the tiny town of Gavi, we had dinner with two Italian friends at their Milan apartment. When we told them we were spending the next few days in Piedmont, their reactions were spontaneously enthusiastic. “It’s as beautiful as Tuscany but not yet as discovered.”...

Well, figuring out where to travel in Italy is hard enough: From Venice and Milan in the north, Rome, Florence, and Tuscany in the center, and the Amalfi Coast and Sicily in the south, there are so many destinations to choose from. You'll have to figure that out on your own—but we've done the legwork to find amazing vacation rentals in all of the c...

Where the Alps curl into the Apennines and the Apennines stretch southward, plunging on both sides into the sea, it marks not only the natural boundaries of Italy but presents a landscape of rugged, dramatically picturesque beauty perfect for couples. On your visit to Italy, there are nine must-see natural parks, three each from Italy's three geogr...

Sunshine in Tuscany dictates a certain way of life. The warm beams that bake the rolling countryside lend themselves to alfresco dining, winemaking, long walks, and a rusticated style of building that feels at one with the landscape. It’s no surprise, then, that it was light that first seduced interior designer Sarah Magness when she set foot insid...

Few people are lucky enough to enjoy one iconic moment at a World Cup - Fabio Grosso still can't believe he had two. Berlin, 2006, the World Cup final, and Italy coach Marcello Lippi must select five men for the penalty shootout. Andrea Pirlo, Marco Materazzi, Daniele De Rossi, Alessandro Del Piero and one other... Strikers Luca Toni and Vincenzo I...

The Adamello-Brenta Natural Park includes a characteristic glimpse ideal to unwind from the routine: the Lake Tovel. We know better this destination of the Val di Non. A trip to Val di Non is an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and relax among mountain landscapes, apple orchards and enchanting places. We are in Trentino and more precisely...

Pietrapertosa is a small village in the Potenza province of Basilicata, with 1,200 residents. It is beautifully located in the Dolomiti Lucane, a mountain range that shares name and beauty with its more famous cousins, up North. Its name comes from the imponent rocky peak that welcomes everyone visiting the village: nature made a hole in it that pa...