Although people often associate hill towns with Tuscany, the neighboring region of Umbria has its fair share of picturesque medieval towns perched on hills. Most of these hill towns still have medieval, or even Etruscan, walls surrounding the old town and stunning views of the countryside below and Etruscan or Roman remains. OrvietoOrvieto is one o...

The willingness to donate, called "Give back" by the Americans, is especially important to the Italian American community, which unites with it the enormous heart carried by Italian DNA. And it is true that Americans, and particularly Italian Americans, have always shown a disposition and a desire to give back and donate to help preserve, restore a...

Early summer is peak lavender blooming season in many places. While France, and Provence in particular, is the most popular “lavender destination” in Europe, Italophiles with a passion for lavender should know that there are several locations in Italy where you can admire the magnificent blooms. Lavender usually blooms in mid-June and will produce...

May 5 - June 8, 2022. Entrance: Free. Italian Cultural Institute in New York - 686 Park Avenue - New York, NY. Book now. The exhibition is dedicated to the stories of the rescue of 300 Jews in Assisi, and also promotes the city of Assisi thanks to a video dedicated to the beauties of the city and the Franciscan message. The Museum of Memory, concei...

Driving on a road full of curves past olive groves shimmering silver in the morning light, I am always elated by the first sight of Assisi. Perched on a hilltop, the Umbrian medieval city is small enough that you can wander around without getting lost, yet it’s big enough to spend an entire day. While most people visit Assisi for its religious monu...

Is it possible to devote your life to religion and be a successful contemporary artist at the same time? Sidival Fila has found a way to exist in these two disparate worlds. “I believe that the inner unity between these two identities is the result of a search for a balance that’s not always easy to reach,” says Fila. “Slowly, after practicing both...

The Italian town of Assisi, in the central Umbria region, will project images of Giotto's Nativity frescoes onto the façade of the Basilica of St Francis over the Christmas season. The video-mapping project, which was hugely popular last year, will see Giotto's Nativity scenes beamed onto the exterior of the Basilica di S. Francesco, dedicated to I...

Assisi is one of those places to visit once in a lifetime. The blend of art and spirituality makes the city of St. Francis a unique destination. And it is also a mouth-watering destination for good food lovers. A city of art, a symbol of peace and a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists from all over the world, Assisi is a much-loved destin...

The story of St Francis of Assisi, patron of Italy, is among the most popular stories of the religious world. His story is very old but still today it is referenced as example of humility and great faith. The Basilica of St Franci, founded following his death is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in 1229, every year thousands of worshippers come h...

It is no surprise that Italy is one of the most coveted destinations by tourists and this is related to a variety of factors. We have tourism related to art, history, food, nature and religion.  Afterall, it is hard to deny that the strong presence of the Holy See in Italy is the reason behind the long pilgrimages toward sanctuaries and churches th...