By Janet Thomas Dream big. What would your ultimate trip to Italy look like? Some travelers delight in weeks of planning and plotting before exploring a foreign country. I do not, nor does my otherwise patient husband, Steve. In fact, the state of our union can be greatly influenced by travel-related stress.   Our version of a fantasy Itali...

Parlare di cucina regionale italiana significa inoltrarsi in un labirinto: prendi una strada pensando di avere chiara la tua meta e invece, in un attimo, ti ritrovi trasportato lontanissimo, non solo nello spazio, ma anche nel tempo, nella cultura. Inizia così "A qualcuno piace Cracco", il libro che il barbuto aristochef italiano ha dedicato alla c...

by Claudia Baroncelli   Beyond monuments and churches, palaces and museums Italy also boasts many wonderful and ancient bridges where engineering truly meets nature. From the North to the South, Swide has rounded up some of the most enchanting and beautiful bridges across Italy.   There are some spots in Italy where you can truly feel...

A yellow bell tower that warned of pirates in past centuries stands sentinel in Italy's seaside village of Manarola. A bit farther down the hill in a town is a house with a water-wheel, which gives the town its name in the local dialect. The sunny walk across the hillside above town is spread with olive groves and vineyards of glistening green...

The Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston launched this January, with great enthusiasm of the public, a new series of educational cooking demonstration and dinner aimed to promote and to guide the public through the history, the tradition and the flavors of the Italian-American Cuisine. The second appointment of this new and exciting...

Grano del Miracolo, an ancient grain flour saved from extinction by the Italian organic milling company Molino Grassi, is now available for the first time in the US.   Master Baker Ezio Rocchi, based in Genova, Italy, showcased the Molino Grassi line of flours at a NYC event on September 17th, and baked a selection of Molino Grassi flours in...

Mayor Jeanne Marie Napolitano and the Newport City Council invite the public to join them at a reception on Friday, October 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the lobby of the Gateway Center at 23 America’s Cup Avenue to welcome members of a delegation visiting from Newport’s Sister City, Imperia, Italy. Light refreshments will be served.   There wil...

Castiglione della Pescaia, in Tuscany, is the Italian seaside destination with the best tourist offering in terms of quality and environmental sustainability. The ranking is published every year by the "Blue Guide" of Legambiente (Italy's largest environmental group), in collaboration with the Italian Touring Club, which for 2015 awarded the T...

by Claudia Baroncelli   From the North to the South, Italy has plenty of colorful and picturesque vicoli (alleys) just waiting to be discovered. Here is a selection of the most beautiful. Narrow and often hidden from view, Italian vicoli (alleys) are some of the most typical, picturesque and colorful examples of urban architecture which...

The following list includes castles and historic buildings, which have all been beautifully restored and renovated into hotels, while retaining all the features of their original medieval or Renaissance architecture. Five of these castle hotels are located in Tuscany, the five others can be found in Umbria, Lombardy, Liguria and Lazio.  ...