“Here on the Renon it’s divinely beautiful,” wrote Sigmund Freud as he vacationed on the Renon mountain plateau above Bolzano in the summer of 1911. Il Renon, as it’s known in Italian, hovers above the regional capital of Alto Adige/South Tyrol at an altitude varying between 900 and 1300 meters, between the valleys of the Talvera and Isarco rivers,...

As have many peoples and cultures around the world, Italy and Italians have exhibited an infinite passion for music for centuries. Italian music in particular boasts a reputation that is tightly bound to the names of important individuals, from singers to orchestra conductors and composers. In reality, the renown of music from the Bel Paese could n...

Bolzano is the best place to live in Italy followed by another northern city, Trento, according to a new study prepared by Catholic daily Avvenire. The Ben Vivere (good living) study ranks cities on the basis of factors such as the opportunities they offer for new economic initiatives, their level of environmental protection, prosperity and life-sa...

Autumn is the time of the year when Nature shows us all its surprising colors and shades. In the same way, after the dazzling summer season many Italian cities are full of suggestive and colorful attractions of unquestionable charm, adding extra appeal to the places which are an absolute must to visit. Here we offer a review of the most colorful It...

The important city of Bolzano mixes the old and new effortlessly. Visitors can stroll the winding streets and gaze at the impressive examples of Gothic and Romanesque architecture or visit the modern university, where classes are taught in Italian, German and English. The Austrian influence on Bolzano is visible everywhere, from the multilingual st...

South Tyrol, Italy’s ‘less-Italian’ region, is a fine blend of natural wonders (hello, Dolomites) and historic charm, with its well-groomed mountain villages, to be savored slowly, just as slow is the pace of life here, where tradition and modern coexist rather than clash. Here are three villages in South Tyrol to include in your Italian travel wis...

Italy has a new top-rated restaurant: St. Hubertus, nestled at the foot of the Dolomite mountains, which has just been awarded a maximum three Michelin stars. St. Hubertus, run by South Tyrol native Norbert Niederkofler in the ski village of San Cassiano, is the ninth restaurant in Italy to win the Michelin Guide’s coveted third star.

Coming to terms with national history isn’t always easy. Whether because of civil war, political oppression, or simply a change of values, monuments and other vestiges of the past often remind us that what we held dear in other ages doesn’t necessarily chime with what we cherish today. The bitter controversy – and deadly protests – sparked earlier...

I'm a bit early. Not, admittedly, in terms of the morning – there is still time for a cappuccino on the terrace of Hotel Melodia del Bosco. Below, the Alta Badia valley flirts with the sunlight; above, the hard ridge of Mount Santa Croce forces itself on the skyline. But I am definitely ahead of schedule in terms of cycling. Klaus Irsara checks the...

Ten Italian universities have been recognized among the top 200 'young' universities world wide - with one attaining ninth place overall. According to the rankings from Times Higher Education, which judged universities under 50 years old across 48 countries, the Scuola Sant'Anna in Pisa is the ninth best university in the world. "I'm very happy wit...