The South of Italy has no shortage of breathtaking landscapes, rich history and incredible cuisine – but it’s still somewhat unknown when compared to other areas of the Bel Paese. It’s a good thing then that there are several initiatives that aim to make it more accessible and popular, like the Cammino Materano and its newest hiking route.

Congratulations to NIAF Member Karen Haid on the publication of her new book Basilicata: Authentic Italy, which journeys to the small, rocky region in the heart of the Italian south, to a land where ancient pagan rites live alongside those of the Catholic Church, world-class wine washes down edible hyacinth bulbs, zip-lines parallel old mule trails...

A decade ago, Valerie obeyed her inner dream-voice and took the all-inclusive step back to her family roots in an unsung corner of Southern Italy that’s largely off the radar for travel and tourism. She and husband Bryan refurbished a small house in Trivigno (population 600, give-or-take) and reinvented themselves as language tutors, tour guides, a...

The Grancia National Park is the first Historical, Rural and Environmental Park in Italy. It is located in the heart of the Lucanian Dolomites, precisely near the town of Brindisi Montagna, a historic village in Basilicata. The history of the Grancia La Grancia was an ancient abbey dedicated to Santa Maria dell’Acqua Calda, dedicated to a spring of...

I am sure that none of the wonderful protagonists of the 242 interviews published so far will be offended if I write that this one you are about to read is a bit more particular than the others. The prestige of the guest that We the Italians has the honor to host in this interview is absolute, and his exceptionality is unanimously recognized: his s...

If you’ve ever walked the Sassi di Matera at night, you know how enchanting they are. Yet, at the same time, they can also be eerie; the dark ravines, mysterious caves and labyrinthine alleys enveloped in silence can give you a certain thrill.   Imagine them on gloomy November nights, decades ago when the Sassi weren’t as picturesque as they are to...

Talking about Matera, the Basilicata’s stone jewel, words of astonishment are never enough. The suggestive Sassi, the ancient houses carved in the rock, the symbol of the city, are increasingly arousing admiration the visitors, not only the first time. Matera is not just Sassi: that’s why we have managed some “taylor-made” itineraries to live it be...

The day has come. Basilicata: Authentic Italy, my new book about the unassuming region in the instep of the Italian boot is available! Years of planning, in-person research (the best part!), writing and production elements, and then, the date sort of sneaks up on you. I set out to explore Basilicata with a purpose. After writing Calabria: The Other...

The European Union (EU) anointed Matera, Italy the coveted title of “European Capital of Culture” in 2019, raising the city’s profile around the world. For many of us hooked on the engaging Italian TV series, Imma Tataranni: Sostituto Procuratore, the show’s protagonist, Imma Tataranni (played by Vanessa Scalera) might be considered one of the regi...

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is launching in Italy the production of the Jeep Compass model, including an electric version, the company said on Tuesday. The project is part of the development contract signed with Invitalia, the economy ministry's national agency for investments and business development, to boost the production capacity of the FC...