NEWS FROM : ITALY  

The treasures of Tuscany have been a long-time lure for us Brits. For centuries this central Italian region has been a magnet for lovers of history, high art, fine food and breathtaking scenery – so popular, in fact, part of it was tagged “Chiantishire”. With its golden rolling slopes, fortressed hilltop towns and winding roads – elegantly lined wi...

In the little town of Bevagna, Umbria, we find an example of long-lasting Made in Italy craftsmanship, established almost 800 years ago. The Cereria Medievale di Bevagna, founded in 1250, carries its age with nonchalance. As part of the broader cultural initiative within the Mercato delle Gaite, this workshop revives the ancient art of candle makin...

A mindless stroll on a rainy Saturday afternoon through the Naples coastline led me to Gran Caffè Gambrinus. Having checked it off my list earlier in the week, a second visit seemed redundant. I was, after all, in Naples, the Italian capital of coffee. As a Java connoisseur, it was my duty, I reasoned, to taste the Italian delicacy in as many diffe...

When my wife and I recently took our ninth trip to Florence, a good friend asked, “Why go to Florence again when there is so much ‘real Italy’ to see?” A fair question and a cause for reflection. Can “real Italy” still be found in the city where Dante Alighieri gave birth to the Italian language, but where English is now default in the historic cen...

Wine is the easiest way to please a dinner party, but it can be easy to fatigue on the standard red vs white options. Enter Lambrusco, the fruity sparkling red wine from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region.  While Lambruscos come in a wide range that can include peachy-hued rosés to dark-pink rosatos, the category is best known for its rich, plush reds....

There’s far more to do in Pisa than its leaning tower, and with cheaper prices than alternative Italian cities, it’s a good destination for your pocket too, writes Kate Wickers Most visitors don’t stick around in Pisa but rather tick off its famous Torre Pendente (leaning tower) then move swiftly on to elsewhere in Tuscany. However, this historical...

In Italy there’s a saying, andare per Langa (heading for Le Langhe), which is used for when you’re off on an adventure. It evokes the long winding roads of the Langhe region of Piedmont, which is UNESCO-listed for its natural beauty. Compared with other Italian comely, green, rural, hilltop-town-speckled landscapes (Tuscany inevitably springs to mi...

Palermo, the capital of Sicily and fifth largest city in Italy, stands like a fascinating jewel in the heart of the Mediterranean. Its millennial history sees the intertwining of multiple cultures due to the city's various dominations, first by the Arabs, then by the Normans and finally by the Spanish. Its artistic and cultural heritage is of inest...

This year’s Biennale di Venezia,  which lasts until the month of November, shows animpressive lineup of diverse and dynamic women artists, reflecting a profound acknowledgment of the pivotal roles women have played in shaping the art world.  Curated by Adriano Pedrosa under the theme Stranieri Ovunque,  Foreigners Everywhere, la Biennale emphasizes...

As the sun shines high and the Mediterranean breeze whispers through the streets, being in Italy in July allows you to see this fabulous country at its very best. From the sun-kissed beaches of Viareggio and beyond, or wine tasting in Tuscany, to summer in cities like Venice,  Italy in July offers a tapestry of experiences waiting to be explored. L...

Rolling hills dotted with vineyards, Medieval cities filled with artistic treasures, a coastline with popular beaches, farms that produce prized cheeses and charcuterie, and convivial trattorias that serve fresh pasta and other local products—it may sound like Tuscany, but I’m actually describing Emilia Romagna. Tuscany’s neighbor to the north, Emi...

While applying for college, most high school students ask themselves the same question: should they stay in the country or go study abroad? When American students consider the second option, they understand that there is a lot to unpack. They would need to leave their country, continent, and culture for another place altogether. In addition, they u...