"Ivrea Industrial City of the Twentieth Century" is the 54th Italian UNESCO site. The recognition was deliberated during the work of the 42nd World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. An important recognition for a positive idea (the possible "humanization" of industrial and social transformat...

Christmas markets, light shows and old traditions: all across Italy there are many events planned for the Christmas and New Year period: here we have chosen the most interesting suggestions for you. The very first traditional Christmas markets date back to around the 14th century in Germany and Alsace and then spread along the Alps, including Italy...

Noto is a petite, Sicilian Baroque gem, splendidly set within a rocky plateau and overlooking the Asinaro Valley. An important hub during all its phases – i.e. Sicilian, Roman, Byzantine, and Arab – it met destruction with the earthquake of 1693, at the height of its original splendor. Yet Noto found a second life in its reconstruction, and became...

If we had to retrace the trip to Italy in the footsteps of the legendary XVII-century Grand Tour, we should take a long journey full of charming stopovers anywhere in the country. After retracing the best historical and cultural places in northern and central Italy, we now resume our journey and go south: must-do stops of our modern cultural grand...

The Rocca di Gradara and its Fortified Borgo (in the Marches Region) represent one of the best-preserved Italian Medieval structures; its set of two surrounding city walls (one of which extends to almost 2,625 feet in length) that protect the Rocca, also make it one of the most aesthetically-imposing. The Castello or Fortress stands on a hill at 46...

At the turn of the first millennium, pilgrims were crossing Europe by the masses so that they could pray at the tomb of Peter the Apostle in Rome, some of which would then move on to the Holy Land, Jerusalem. Pilgrimage held a significance so great that the walks of faith, the roads connecting the most-frequented places of worship, villages, abbeys...

«O lone Ravenna! many a tale is told | Of thy great glories in the days of old: | Two thousand years have passed since thou didst see | Caesar ride forth to royal victory.» Oscar Wilde  Of a beauty that is elegant and refined, she is a city of Saints, bankers and kings: Ravenna, in Emilia Romagna, is Italy's second-largest city by extension, but pe...

They may be memoirs, essays or fantasy novels: books are always a medicine for the soul, a magic and a distraction. What’s more, they allow us to travel, taking us with them to familiar places and places we don’t know yet. To enjoy a journey through known and lesser known destinations in Italy, we have selected these twelve books, to let you travel...

The Imperial Forums in Rome include a series of monumental piazzas built between 46 B.C.E. and 113 A.D. They are considered to have been the hub of Ancient Rome’s political activities, and they were eventually accompanied by other structures over the course of centuries. The first building encountered in this impressive complex is the Forum of Caes...

Italy offers first-class attractions for sea-lovers who can make spectacular journeys through the shapes and colors of the Mediterranean, tropical and exotic habitats reproduced to the smallest detail in Italian aquariums in order to discover everything there is to know about the underwater world. The Aquarium of Genoa in Liguria was designed by th...