When most people think of Italian Riesling, the wines from the northeastern Trentino-Alto Adige spring to mind. Yet, producers in the gently undulating valleys of Lombardy’s Oltrepò Pavese are bottling some of the country’s most vibrant examples of the grape. Sprawled across hills that stretch as high as 600 meters, Oltrepò Pavese (“Pavia beyond th...

Despite the current uncertain global macroeconomic scenario – characterized by an economic slowdown and rising inflation – Italian food & beverage exports are expected to expand further in the coming years: both among more mature and emerging markets. This is what emerged from the report presented by the Nomisma research institute on Nov. 11 in Mil...

The production and decoration of weapons has ancient origins in the Brescia area. As early as 400 BC, the Celtic inhabitants of Val Trompia manufactured weapons, with which they did battle against other populations, including the Raeti and the Cenomani. Following their alliance with Rome, they supplied the empire with many of the swords used in the...

Milan (Lombardy), Rome (Lazio), Venice (Veneto). These are the cities on the podium for the locations chosen by wealthy Europeans interested in finding a fine residence in Italy. 9.1% choose the city of the Madonnina, in first position compared to 8.7% of those who choose the Italian capital. In third position is Venice with 2.5 percent. While the...

Sail by beautiful mansions, stroll lakeside gardens, wander through historic towns, and paddleboard beneath mountains – these are just some of the best things to do in Lake Como. Lake Como is one of the most popular places to visit in Italy – and for good reason! It’s stunning, elegant, world renowned, and is just a quick day trip from Milan. Lake...

Want to avoid the hustle and bustle of tourists in Rome, Milan, Venice, and Florence? Or maybe you’ve already seen those cities, and are looking for something new? Well here are some of my favorite small towns for you to live out your Italian dream.  1. Bergamo If you’re looking for a dreamy getaway, check out Bergamo! Bergamo is located north-east...

Lombardy is an economic powerhouse — and its capital Milan often takes the crown from Rome when it comes to job prospects and quality of life. The industrial hinterlands may not offer much to the traveling aesthete, but head further out and you’ll find glittering lakes, pristine mediaeval towns and world-class art, architecture and gastronomy. This...

Golferenzo is a pretty medieval village in the province of Pavia in Lombardy with just over 200 inhabitants. Located in the picturesque setting of the Oltrepò Pavese hills, the village is perched on a small promontory 464 m above sea level overlooking the extensive and lush vineyards of the Versa Valley. Fine wines of international renown are produ...

Italian automaker Alfa Romeo is on a roll. Founded more than a century ago in Milan, Alfa Romeo established itself as a racing champion and leveraged the momentum to push its production cars. Post-WWII, the brand launched the stunning Giulietta and then the Giulia, setting up what Alfa Romeo exec Larry Dominique calls “sticky” and loyal fans. Alfa...

More than 4,500 years after an enterprising Mesopotamian stretched a few cords of catgut over a hollow wooden vessel to create the first lute, the craft of building string instruments reached a state of near-perfection in a humble workshop in Cremona, Italy. The craftsman’s name is still known around the world more than 300 years later, though his...