The Madonna Bianca festival in Portovenere, Italy happens every year on Aug. 17, and it’s an evening of beauty, light, and music in honor of the village’s patron saint. But what exactly is this ceremony, and why has it endured for hundreds of years? The answer lies deep in Italian culture and Roman Catholic faith. The story of Madonna Bianca begins...

Tourism in Italy is a growing industry. The country was a holiday destination for 420 million visitors in 2017, smashing records by 4.4 per cent compared to the previous year. According to Istat figures, this is 5.3 per cent above the European average.  Rome remains the most popular destination, attracting almost 27 million of these visitors, or 6....

With its approximately 4,660 mi of coastline, Italy is the ideal place for sea lovers. The wide variety of its beaches makes it perfect for every type of vacationer in search of nature, fun, and rest and relaxation. The Italian coast, with its countless gulfs, coves and inlets, touristic ports and long, sandy beaches, is truly adapted to the water...

Thanks to its thousands of kilometers of coastline, Italy offers an astounding array of beaches, ranging from rocky Riviera coves to sandy stretches of seaside. Here's a sampling of beaches both on the mainland and on satellite islands, ranging from lesser-known hideaways to jet-set pit stops that have one thing in common—dramatically beautiful set...

First-time travelers to Italy may be surprised to find such a culinary diversity from region to region. Unlike your typical Italian restaurant in the States, Italian food has much more variety than spaghetti and meatballs or eggplant parmesan. Even though you can find Italian specialties like pizza and tortellini all over Italy, it is well worth sa...

On April 23, Marco Bucci, the mayor of Genoa, Italy, appointed guitarist Beppe Gambetta an ambassador of the city. Gambetta was honored for representing Genoa all over the world, specifically in the U.S. Gambetta, who has performed in all 50 states, will perform for the first time at Pastorius Park on Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. He will be accomp...

A simple “thank you, Vernazza” is not enough for all you have given me. From your first train station village views, your daily “Buongiorno” from all who crossed my path, your sunrises and sunsets, and the last sounds of the Ligurian Sea—my heart is full. I did not visit Vernazza for a couple of hours, or for a day, but for four glorious, amazing d...

Si svolgerà dal 27 al 29 giugno a Genova la terza sessione del simposio mondiale “Diaspore italiane” presentato dal John Calandra Institute di New York, il Coasit di Melbourne e l’Istituzione dei Musei del Mare e delle Migrazioni di Genova con il patrocinio del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali. Ad ospitare l’iniziativa, intitolata “Betw...

The life of the REX ocean liner began on 27 April 1930 at the Ansaldo shipyard in Sestri Ponente, in Genoa, Italy, with the ceremony of the first hull sheet. It was built in only fifteen months and was launched on 1 August 1931; an event that was presided by King Vittorio Emanuele III, and Queen Elena of Montenegro as godmother, in the presence of...

French Impressionist painter Claude Monet made it the subject of some of his famous paintings, and called it a “jewel of lightness.” Dolceacqua (literally, ‘sweet water’) is a typical medieval village of Val Nervia, on the hills of the Ligurian hinterland between Ventimiglia and Bordighera, in the western portion of the Italian Riviera, close to th...