Find some unusual places to visit in Italy for the summer vacation can be the perfect solution to avoid the mass tourism that characterizes the famous locations of the peninsula. Cities like Rome, Florence or Venice are beautiful, but it’s often very difficult to visit them properly. Fortunately, Italy has a lot of amazing spots outside the common...

On June 1, 2007 The Craco Society, Inc. was incorporated and a few weeks later, from August 15-17 fifty-three individuals from Canada, Italy, and the United States with roots in Craco, met in the first gathering of the “Crachesi del Nord America.” They agreed to support the non-profit organization to preserve the history, culture, and traditions of...

“I’m Staying in the South” looks set to be the name of the new incentive to encourage entrepreneurship among young people who decide to not leave the South of Italy, where youth unemployment is a record highs. The norm under study would merge with the so-called “Decree for the South” that the government is preparing to help boose the economy in thi...

There’s an expression that weaves its way through Helene Stapinski’s union of crime story and family memoir: Leave the dead in peace. She doesn’t.“Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy” starts as an inquiry that takes Stapinski from Jersey City, New Jersey, to the city of Bernalda, on the instep of the...

Il gelato più buono d’Italia si mangia in Liguria – un sorbetto al limone e basilico – ma per la seconda edizione della rassegna nazionale che premia i “Gelati d’Italia” sale sul podio anche la Basilicata, con il gelato al gusto di Pistacchio rigorosamente stiglianese. Dal 4 Maggio infatti la città d’arte Orvieto ha ospitato l’originale rassegna al...

There’s a reason Rome and Venice are on just about every traveler to Italy’s bucket list. These cities are special and we love both of them for different reasons. If you’ve never been to Italy before, one or both should definitely have a place on your itinerary. But if you’ve been there and done that, Italy has a lot more to offer than La Città Ete...

Hate to break it to you, but you aren't the only one who's noticed that flights to Italy are almost cheaper than flights across the US right now. Don't not go -- go! -- but understand that top dogs like Rome, Venice, and Florence will be even more zoo-like than in years past. Bucket list cities the lot of them, but Italy's unforgettable food, favor...

Chef Luigi Diotaiuti was named culinary “Ambassador” for representing the cuisine of his home region at the Basilicata Food & Wine Festival in Matera, Italy. Chef Luigi Diotaiuti, owner of Washington, DC's Al Tiramisu and Aperto was honored with the title of being an Ambassador of Basilicata’s Cuisine in the World. The honor was presented by the Pr...

We made a brief stop at Grassano, one of the two small southern villages where Mussolini exiled Carlo Levi to silence him during the fascist’s ruinous reign.  But the real story of both Scotellaro and Levi is found in Matera. In Christ Stopped in Eboli Levi, a doctor and painter as well, also wrote briefly about the horrible conditions of Matera’s...

After three eventful days in Naples, we rented a car and drove over the mountain pass to the Amalfi Coast, the iconic site of southern affluence and prosperity. The Amalfi Coast is another of those iconic, idealized images of the South too often portrayed in American magazines. After three days, we drove to Paestum, renowned for its Greek temples....