Picturesque villages, unexpected art treasures, incredible landscapes and gourmet stops: a road trip in Italy offers the best of the country. And because you’re driving, you can savor it at your own pace, stopping wherever you please and where curiosity leads you. This is part one of a multi-part series about road tripping in Italy, as we have many...

Since the dramatic and deadly collapse of the Morandi bridge over the Italian port of Genoa two years ago, builders have worked around the clock, through a judicial investigation and the coronavirus pandemic, so a new bridge could open on time. Designed by a native son of the city, architect Renzo Piano, and built in a record 15 months, the new Gen...

If you picture an Italian seaside holiday, you're probably visualizing Cinque Terre. A series of five towns of pastel-colored houses clinging onto stunning craggy cliffs over clear turquoise sea, it's an iconic vacation destination.  Cinque Terre is thronged every summer with sun-seekers looking for beach relaxation, hikers excited about the area's...

Blessed with mountains, lakes and 7600km of coastline, Italy offers some of the most stunning beaches in Europe. From the trendy hotspots to the out-of-the-way locales, it's not hard to find a piece of sand with unforgettable vistas. Here are Italy's 10 best beaches to add to your bucket list. 1. Spiaggia Rena Bianca – Santa Teresa di Gallura The “...

Live Coffee Chat at Casa Belvedere: Italian Beaches/ Le Spiagge Italiane. Saturday, July 25th • 10:00am. Learn how to vacation as the Italians do! Guest speaker: Marco Evangelista, Director of Journeys by Central Holidays. Each Coffee Chat guest is entered to win a specialty gift courtesy of SI-Espresso! REGISTER HERE. Once you register, you will r...

Halfway between Riomaggiore and Portovenere, in the Cinque Terre National Park, is the ancient village of Monesteroli, reachable only by a likewise ancient staircase, made of 1200 steps, built by farmers who needed to transport grapes from the vineyards surrounding the village.  The so-called Grand Staircase, formed by sandstone steps, winds its wa...

Camogli is an exquisite borgo with a view on the Gulf of Paradise (on the Italian Rivera di Levante, in Liguria). A typical, romantic seaside village characterized by highly-stacked and vivaciously-painted houses, Camogli is part of a magnificent natural setting that has enchanted tourists the world over, for centuries. It is the calling for those...

The hilltop village, where the Knights Templar are said by locals to have hidden the Holy Grail, insists that documents dating to the 18th century prove it was never legally incorporated into Italy. It hopes its claim will boost tourism and attract new residents, saving it from the fate of other small Italian towns, where depopulation has left hist...

Valloria, near Imperia in western Liguria, has become known as ‘the village with painted doors’. Its center features more than 150 hand-decorated doors, each by a different artist.  Perched on a hill and surrounded by olive trees, in a peaceful location, Valloria is named after Vallis Aurea, or the golden valley, so called because of the harvesting...

Two commercial divers recently discovered a wooden shipwreck off Camogli, Genoa which could well be the remains of the Santo Spirito e Santa Maria de Loreto, a storied ragusa-style galleon that went down in 1579. Two divers from an underwater construction company, Edoardo Sbaraini and Gabriele Succi, encountered a set of wooden timbers at a depth o...