In the world of Italian wine, a “cooperative” winery can be a dirty word. Not that there’s anything wrong with a group of area grapegrowers banding together to make, sell and market wine. It’s just that many a big cooperative (cantine sociale) is known for making cheap, commoditized wines on an industrial scale. But it’s not always like that. Some...

In my previous article, I wrote about Innsbruck, the capital of North Tyrol, which we visited during last week's trip to the Tyrol Region. After World War I, the Tyrol Region was divided into North Tyrol (Austria) and South Tyrol (Italy). Although these regions are geographically similar, their capitals naturally differ as they are within different...

There was good news for the north Italian province of Bolzano in this year's Quality of Life in Italy report, conducted by ItaliaOggi in collaboration with La Sapienza University of Rome. The 25th edition of the annual survey puts Bolzano at the top of the rankings, knocking Trento off the first position from last year and into fourth place in 2023...

December is the month that opens the door to the Christmas season, one of the most beautiful times of the year to spend in Italy due to its wide variety of offerings from north to south, including Christmas markets and lights, visits to ancient villages and medieval castles, and of course the sunny landscapes and crystal-clear waters of southern It...

Bolzano is many things. Above all, it's an exquisitely mountainous city, with the Dolomites serving as a breathtaking backdrop. Gothic and rationalist, icy and romantic, a land of castles and wine cellars, mountains and rivers, a gateway to Northern Europe and, at the same time, the first remnant of the South: this beautiful place in Trentino Alto...

Travelers flock to Italy for its rich culture, incredible gastronomy, and stunning landscapes. While tourism darlings like Florence, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast habitually wow, the boot-shaped nation also has some less obvious locales that fall outside the regular tourist route and deserve a spot on your itinerary, like historic Ravenna. Another des...

Until a few years ago, I’d never seen the silvery, luminous Dolomites — a subsection of the Alps located in the northernmost region of Italy known as the South Tyrol. I later discovered that the Dolomites were indeed enchanting, but to my surprise, so were the nearby towns in the valleys below. Bordering Austria and Switzerland, the South Tyrol is...

Enchanting mountain landscapes to admire with day-dreaming eyes, magical villages with fairytale vibes to discover, delicious scents and flavors enclosing the essence of nature and typical local products: this is South Tyrol! Today we want to accompany you discovering Klausen, a real jewel to visit near Bolzano. Crossed by the Isarco river, this sp...

Bolzano is many things. Above all, it's an exquisitely mountainous city, with the Dolomites serving as a breathtaking backdrop. Gothic and rationalist, icy and romantic, a land of castles and wine cellars, mountains and rivers, a gateway to Northern Europe and, at the same time, the first remnant of the South: the capital of Trentino Alto Adige is...

A new perspective can change absolutely everything. As a Pacific Northwest native, I feel a constant need to understand the experience of those encountering Seattle for the first time, whether they are coming from Portland or Portugal. I’ve seen that we can learn so much more about ourselves when viewed by those with a completely different frame of...