Katie Parla’s grandmother had told her that their family was from Naples. So when Parla moved to Rome in 2003, she took trips south to explore the city of her ancestors. She became convinced after several trips that the connection she felt to sprawling, robust, unique Naples was in her blood. Then, after her grandmother passed, Parla learned she wa...

The Chiesa del Purgatorio (Church of Purgatory) was built between 1725 and 1747. It, like other “purgatory churches,” was constructed as a place for people to pray for the souls trapped in limbo between heaven and hell. The upper part of the facade shows angels, fruit baskets, and penitents wrapped in flames. On the lower part, the wooden door is d...

Ten ancient Italian beech forests which extend from Tuscany to Basilicata are recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage for their exceptional naturalistic value and the incredible biodiversity that characterizes them. The Italian Ancient Beech forests protected by UNESCO fall within the context of the transnational environmental site of the "Primeval...

Are you sure you know everything about Carnival in Italy? We will help you with an excursus that goes from the origins, through the typical masks and sweets of the Italian carnival tradition, up to the indication of the most beautiful carnivals in Italy. The origins of Carnival in Italy and beyond are closely linked to religious culture, as they ar...

Sasso di Castalda is a town in the province of Potenza (Basilicata), known above all for its double Tibetan bridge, the "Ponte alla Luna". From here, in 1921, Antonio Petrone and his wife Teresa DeLuca left for America, moving away from the south despite the work of Antonio, a member of the Carabinieri, with the awareness that they wanted to offer...

Uno studente lucano vince una sfida a livello mondiale, intascando 20 mila dollari. Si tratta di Alessio Gravina, studente 23enne di Maratea, che ha vinto in team il Fujitsu AI-NLP Challenge, una sfida al livello mondiale per sviluppare un programma in grado di scegliere la risposta corretta a domande poste in lingua inglese. Lo studente marateota,...

L’accordo è già definito dalla fine del mese di dicembre ma nei prossimi giorni la notizia diventerà ufficiale. Matera nella prossima primavera sarà il set della nuova produzione cinematografica dedicata a James Bond, l’agente 007 dei servizi segreti più famoso del mondo. Il titolo provvisorio del film è James Bond 25. Sarà prodotto da Eon Producti...

Shards of rain and near-freezing temperatures in the middle of December did not prevent me from making a desperate pact with Horace. As a financially hopeless traveling boy, I often asked dead authors for help. I showed up at their graves and pleaded, “I’ll keep writing, you just show me how to pay the bills. Show me how to make a living.” That’s w...

Rome is often touted as the place to go in Italy, which is well-deserved thanks to its rich history and mouthwatering food. But there are several other spots throughout the country that give travelers a look at Italy’s dynamic culture. To gear up for 2019, several travel-focused sites rounded up the best places to go for the year, and quite a fe...

A steel cable threads between the two towns, letting travelers zoom through the sky at speeds upwards of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometers per hour). Called the Volo dell’Angelo (Flight of the Angel), this zoomy attraction offers spectacular views of the Dolomiti Lucane and a thrilling adrenaline rush. You can only ride the Volo dell’Angelo during...