Dear friends, while I'm writing this editorial the coronavirus situation in Italy is dramatically worsening, and probably in a few days we will be in a full lockdown again. We are scared and angry, because we knew that a second wave would come and the Italian institutions were unprepared. The weeks to come will be difficult and hard, and we all hop...

Fabrizio De Andrè was born in Genoa in 1940 and his words were right at that time as they are now. “La Guerra di Piero” is one of the most famous song of the Italian singer, also known as “The Poet of the Music”. Opening this article with this verse sounds like a call. We are all living a tough time and it is, indeed, a sort of World War. I think i...

It is the most important lighthouse in Italy, helping ships and even planes to find the right way: the Lantern of Genoa, as it is called by everyone, is the symbol of the most important city of the maritime trade of our country.  77 meters high, several times damaged and as many rebuilt, offers a beautiful view from the first frame accessible to th...

Dopo l’esperienza di successo della Rolli Days Digital Week di maggio, i Rolli Days Ottobre 2020 tornano a proporre ai visitatori l’opportunità di entrare di persona nei Palazzi dei Rolli, Patrimonio UNESCO dal 2006, per vedere dal vivo, dal 9 all’11 ottobre, i cicli di affreschi, le collezioni pittoriche e le strepitose sculture eseguite tra il ta...

The Principality of Seborga claims its independence from the Italian state since 954, when the territory of Seborga was donated by the Count of Ventimiglia to the Benedictine monks. In 1729 the monks ceded the Principality to Vittorio Amedeo II di Savoia. The inhabitants of Seborga, however, have never recognized the validity of this document, thus...

The Protected Marine Area of the Cinque Terre National Park extends along the stretch of coast that comprises such famous places as Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, the five villages collectively known as the Cinque Terre. Beautiful spots are everywhere within this protected area, and not necessarily as sought-afte...

Sandwiched between the sea and the mountains, Genoa was once a powerful maritime republic. Its great expansion began after the year 1000, extending its trading and military power over much of the Mediterranean. In 1528, with Doge Andrea Doria, who belonged to a family of rich merchants and extraordinary seafarers, the Republic of Genoa reached the...

Castles, snow-capped mountains, Roman history and food: a road trip in Aosta Valley, Italy’s smallest region, offers this, plus plenty of fun for the keen driver, who will enjoy the mountain roads with their hairpin bends, climbs and tunnels.  The three-day itinerary we present here starts at Bard Fort, a fortified complex built in the 19th century...

Some of the most sought-after destinations on the Italian Riviera, like Portofino and Cinque Terre, were once quiet fishing villages, a situation hard to imagine now, considering how these alluring havens attracted throngs of visitors in pre-pandemic times. (The Local reports about 2.5 million tourists a year for Cinque Terre.) No doubt they will r...

CINQUE TERRE IS A FAMOUS area of the Italian Riviera along the coast of Liguria. The rugged and mountainous terrain that makes up this coast creates many promontories and inlets. A medieval fortress known as Doria Castle (Castello Doria) stands on top of a rocky ridge near the village of Vernazza. The first nucleus of the fortress was dedicated dur...