It’s easy for an Italian Enthusiast to fantasize about Italy. Whether we’ve been to the big cities of Italy and brought back everlasting memories, or we’ve memorialized the dolce vita lifestyle commonly depicted in cinema, the idea of Italy garners in many of us feelings of happiness. But for the seasoned Italian traveler, it’s not so easy to choos...

Over the centuries, Salento, the eastward-facing tip of Puglia, has been home to a succession of peoples that have left traces of themselves everywhere, engraving the signs of their presence in Lecce stone. They have carved their history on it, building dolmens, menhirs, forts and temples, as well as dwellings, villas, monuments and churches.  It i...

Although the Italian territory has a long and illustrious history, Italy’s identity as a country has a much shorter history. That’s because prior to Italian Unification in 1861, Italy was divided into a number of city states and kingdoms vying for power. The country, in fact, is home to hundreds of castles and royal palaces that belonged to powerfu...

The European summer is well underway, and many tourists are flocking to Italy to soak up all the Belpaese has to offer under clear blue skies. Here are five Italian destinations worth visiting in summer, that offer an alternative to the typical tourist spots like Rome and Venice. Bologna, Emilia-RomagnaA foodie’s paradise and home to the world’s ol...

Italian Enthusiasts know that every community in Italy comes with not only its own vernacular, but also its own pastry.  For me, when visiting the provinces and towns of Italy, I am always equally as enthusiastic to visit the ancient churches as I am to taste the typical desserts, sometimes dating back hundreds of years. In southern Puglia, it is n...

Everyone seems to love traveling in Italy. It’s a land of wonderful food and wine, centuries of history and art, and, of course, that wonderful dolce vita. But while traveling in Italy most of us stick only to the usual suspects – Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Bologna, etc. All are well worth visiting, of course. But there are many othe...

In your search of Italy and all of its beautiful corners, you do not want to miss the south eastern edge of the country, and in particular the town of Lecce. The “heel of the boot” of Italy provides many who come here with a variety of experiences for each of the senses. Natural scenery, remnants of cultures thousands of years old, an eclectic arra...

La Pizzica is a popular dance characteristic of the territory of Puglia between Taranto and Salento Leccese. Until the beginning of 20thcentury, however, this dance was widespread throughout Puglia, with different names. In general, it is part of the large traditional family of the “Tarantelle”. Story of the Pizzica The word “Pizzica” appears for t...

The Pista di prova di Nardò della Fiat, as it was originally called, was built by Fiat in 1975. Porsche Engineering purchased the track in 2012, renaming it the Nardò Technical Center. But pretty much everyone still calls this high-speed test track the Nardò Ring. Squarely located in the heel of Italy’s “boot,” the 1,730-acre testing site has a ran...

This pink-hued Italian villa outside the small town of Diso in Salento was once a tobacco warehouse – and it retains its industrial proportions. Architect Raffaele Centonze revived the 1930s structure for an Italian diplomat and his Vietnamese wife last year, and Il Tabacchificio retains its working heritage as part of its adaptive reuse. Metal and...