This enchanting region, known as the "Green Heart of Italy," is steeped in rich history, dotted with picturesque towns, and blessed with lush landscapes. Umbria offers a quieter, more authentic Italian experience, away from the throngs of tourists. From ancient civilizations to medieval masterpieces and culinary excellence, Umbria invites travelers...

The pilgrimage town of Assisi in Italy's central Umbria region lights up this Christmas in honour of the first living Nativity scene created by St Francis in Greccio north of Rome in 1223. Assisi marks the 800th anniversary by illuminating its monuments and streets as part of the Natale in Assisi: Città Presepe programme with more than 250 events....

The Diocese of Rockville Center, which encompasses the majority of Long Island, New York, is hosting an exhibition all the way from the Italian diocese of Assisi. The exhibition is a permanent display at the Museum of Memory in Assisi, but they take it on the road for a tour titled “Assisi 1943-1944.”  This traveling show of Italian history highlig...

Christmas markets in Umbria evoke historical and religious places and are set up in medieval villages and towns of great architectural interest, such as castles, fortresses and abbeys. They provide a pleasant break that combines entertainment with a unique cultural experience. If you want to experience a magical atmosphere that immediately brings y...

Amid twinkling lights, Christmas music and the depths of history, Assisi is preparing to welcome winter with a special Christmas, commemorating and celebrating the 800th anniversary of the first nativity scene in history, created in 1223 by St. Francis in Greccio. From Dec. 1, 2023 to Jan. 7, 2024, the magical Umbrian city will offer a richly stru...

Umbria is a region both timeless and beautiful: with its rolling hills and ancient towns filled with art and history, it is a well-known and beloved holiday destination for Italians and non-Italians alike. Yet, beneath the surface of its medieval charm lies an unexpected surprise – a vibrant, thriving pulse of music, and not just any music, but jaz...

Italy holds claim to 58 UNESCO sites (the most of any nation), with 31 additional sites on the tentative list right now. It’s incredible; all that history and enlightenment from a country slightly larger than the state of Arizona. And it means that no matter how many times you’ve been to Italy, there’s always so much more to see, and do. While I do...

Boom of walkers in 2022, +26% compared to last year. There were 4,203 walkers from 57 nations who reached the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi alone, in groups or in the company of their four-legged friends. Data collected by the Statio Peregrinorum, an office of the Basilica of St. Francis, show that the majority of pilgrims, who arrived in Assis...

Italy's culture ministry has announced the 10 finalists for the 2025 edition of the Italian Capital of Culture.  The shortlisted towns and cities vying for the title must present their bids to a jury appointed by the culture ministry in Rome on 20-21 March. The jury will then be tasked with recommending the most suitable candidate for the prestigio...

Italy has never been afraid of maximalism. One of the country’s defining values is a love of everyday beauty–something that is seen not as an elitist pursuit, but rather a feeling that everyone is entitled to. Of course, there’s wildly ornate architecture, breathtaking frescos and hand-carved sculptures, but beyond this grandness, Italy has always...