Around 700 noted Italian buildings and historic sites open their doors to the public on the weekend of 26-27 March as part of the annual Spring Days initiative organised by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI). The sites include rarely-opened palaces, castles, abbeys, libraries, parks, nature trails and gardens in 400 towns and cities across Italy, in...

The Castle has been restored and is now used for concerts and cultural events. The walls were built during the 12th century, while the tower is more recent. It was restored in 1310, then it was abandoned in the 18th century. Entering the old town from the main street, you will see the Oratory of Saints Sebastiano and Rocco, built in 1647 in Baroque...

The territory of the Cinque Terre extends between Punta Mesco and Punta di Montenero, in the Ligurian Riviera of Levante, in the province of La Spezia, the provincial capital connected by the railway line. On this stretch of coast, narrow by the mountains that drop down to the sea, there are five characteristic villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corn...

It rivals Florence for Renaissance-era palaces, Venice for medieval alleyways and Naples for its prime Mediterranean position. It’s a city that lives its history instead of calcifying it into museums; where takeaways sell farinata crepes (the recipe for which hasn’t changed in centuries), shops are slathered in frescoes, and antique public lifts wh...

You can search the entire Mediterranean coastline for the best rustic village, surrounded by vineyards and steeped in tradition, and not find a more rewarding escape than tiny Vernazza, my favourite of the five villages that make up Italy’s Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre is a stretch of Italy’s Riviera tucked into the mountainous shoreline between...

There are several ‘lucky’ spots in Italy where, according to popular belief, if you visit them or perform a simple ritual, often passed down through the centuries, you will get lucky. Some lucky spots you may have heard of include Juliet’s House in Verona, the statue of the bull in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, the statue of the Porcellin...

This month, the Italian Food, Wine and Travel writers are exploring a new-to-me, and lesser known region of Italy – Oltrepò Pavese. Susannah Gold, founder of Vigneto Communications is hosting this month. She is a Brand Ambassador for the Oltrepò here in the U.S., and graciously arranged samples for our group. Oltrepò Pavese, which is sometime refer...

Mahmood & Blanco have won Sanremo 2022 with the song “Brividi”. Tonight, the 72nd Sanremo Festival concluded in Italy with all 25 competing artists taking to the Ariston stage for the final time. The televote determined the ranking of all 25 performances, and this was added to the ranking formulated from results of the past 4 nights of the competit...

In the Mediterranean heart of Liguria, this is the sunny northern Riviera. Filled with charming small towns and beaches. Let’s see one of the most amazing places on the Italian riviera, Portovenere, Italy. The Italian Riviera that stretches between Portovenere and Cinque Terre is a beautiful landscape. It is known worldwide for its cultural and nat...

Those who love both the sea and the mountains cannot miss Framura, a Ligurian village of about 700 souls. Framura is one of the Borghi più Belli d'Italia, a prestigious list including some of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and a true paradise for those who love hiking in nature and water sports. The origins of Framura This colourful, slightl...