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Nature has its way of derailing travel plans. A landslide in August 2023 in the French Alps blocked the main railway just west of the Mont Cenis tunnel. This route is used by all trains from Italy to Lyon and Paris. The sleek French TGVs and the even sleeker Italian Frecciarossa trains competing on the lucrative link from Milan to the French capita...

The seven volcanic islands in the north-east of Sicily have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since December 2000. The archipelago offers wonders in the form of time travel, adventurous routes, wild beaches, and more alive legends than ever. Here are 7 suggestions, one for each isle, for venturing to the Aeolian islands like a local. The Aeoli...

Over the decades, Italian botanical gardens have served as green lungs and experimental sites for non-native botanical species, fostering the dream of self-sufficiency in certain food products. In the north, tea plants were tried, while in the south, coffee was the focus. Specifically, in the early 20th century, Palermo's Botanical Garden attempted...

For racing enthusiasts, just mentioning the Autodromo di Pergusa is enough to stir excitement. This racetrack, active from 1962 to 2003, hosted the Grand Prix of the Mediterranean, filling the surrounding mountains with the deafening roar of race car engines. The track, which encircles its namesake lake, saw thrilling competitions where drivers aim...

“What is it with the Americans and Cinque Terre?” asked a Danish fellow dining beside me at La Cantina di Miky in Monterosso al Mare. “We thought we found a hidden gem, then we got here, and I’ve never seen so many Americans in my life.”  For better or worse, Italy’s famed Cinque Terre, or “Five Towns,” is an American darling. The craggy, vertigino...

We the Italians launches IT-AM Expo, the virtual platform for Made in Italy, developed by Carraro LAB. We the Italians, the leading company in connecting Italy with the community of more than 20 million Italian Americans in the United States, next Monday at their annual gala will present IT-AM Expo, an innovative project to promote Made in Italy ma...

Italian American Antonio Giordano climbs the ranking of the top 500 scientists in the world - out of thousands selected - in the global hit list of scientists in medicine. A pride for Italy but also for the States. It was decreed by Research.com which, in the 2024 edition, identifies the researcher of Neapolitan origins among the best scientists in...

At the European Athletics Championships in Rome last night Nadia Battocletti dominated the 10,000 meters, taking the Italian record to 30'51"32. Gimbo Tamberi in the high jump almost lost, then won on an evening that sent the Olympic Stadium into a frenzy. There are now 20 medals, thanks to Alessandro Sibilio's silver in the 400 hurdles with the It...

Furore, a little village along the Amalfi Coast between Amalfi and Positano, is almost hiding in plain sight. Known as il paese che non c’è (“the village that isn’t there”), it is a collection of scattered houses and unique natural spots that make it seem like a place out of a fairy tale. Indeed, this unique geography and layout make Furore blend i...

Over four million tourists came through the UNESCO heritage site of Cinque Terre in 2023, all crammed into an area no larger than one kilometer. Sure, the collection of towns is an icon for a reason, but they aren’t entirely unique, especially in Liguria. Kaleidoscope-colored houses, windows selling oily focaccia, clear and sparkling sea, and hikin...

A pretty city has been named one of the must-visit destinations in Europe this summer, with its landmark being voted as Italy's finest by travel experts. Taranto, nestled on the gorgeous Ionian Sea, boasts a rich history that makes it a worthwhile visit. On the face of it, Taranto is a functional, workmanlike city. It is a significant commercial po...

The Italian steamship Stampalia seemed enormous to the small dark boy hailing from Bonito, but that didn’t scare him: it seemed only fitting that the vessel was almost as big as his dreams. It was 1915, Salvatore was not 17 yet, and he had only 150 liras in his pocket — about $30. With a suitcase full of his mother’s cooking and a head filled with...