Walk round Ascoli Piceno, and in some ways it could be any Italian town. There are two big squares where locals watch the days go by, sit in cafes to people-watch, and do their nightly passeggiata stroll. There are centuries-old churches and even ancient remains dating back to the Roman period. As in plenty of other Italian towns, the center was co...

Ascoli Piceno, Chioggia (VE), Grosseto, Mesagne (BR), Pesaro, Sestri Levante with the Tigullio (GE), Siracusa, Union of Municipalities Paestum-Alto Cilento (SA), Viareggio (LU), Vicenza. These are the 10 finalist cities for the title of Capital of Culture 2024, announced today by the Ministry of Culture. The selected cities, informed by the Ministe...

The beauty of the Italian landscape is revealed not just in its art cities, seaside resorts and wondrous mountains, but also, and maybe especially, in its gentle rolling hills where life flows quietly, immersed in a bucolic setting. Let’s discover five Italian hilly landscapes not to be missed, perfect for a road trip amid ancient villages and food...

Latteruolo is a nutritious milk-based Italian dessert typical from Emilia Romagna, Marche and Tuscany regions. Latteruolo is also known as lattaciolo or casadello and basically is a pudding cake made with milk, eggs, sugar, a little bit of flour and variously flavored with vanilla pod or lemon peel or ground nutmeg. Another simple and delicious rec...

I spend part of the year in a small hill town in central Italy. The town is Sarnano, four hours and a bit at speed by road north east of Rome in the province of Le Marche, the far reaches of an earlier time. Head north from Fiumicino towards Florence and then east to Spoleto, Foligno, and Civitanova. Construction of the town under the peaks of the...

Christmas is around the corner and as tradition has it in every city different nativity scenes are set up every year, both classic and unique, as well as the living ones thanks to which the Christmas atmosphere is recreated allowing for a deep dive into the past. Let us see what are the 5 nativity scenes absolutely worth seeing in Italy! Before dis...

"This gorgeous white opens with enticing aromas of Mediterranean scrub, spring yellow flowers, eucalyptus and citrus. The delicious palate offers hints of juicy yellow peach, fennel, white almond and a hint of grapefruit along with tangy acidity. A mineral and saline note adds depth. Absolutely phenomenal." That's the description of Bucci's 2019 Ve...

A slow travel is like cuddles for the soul, a gift we can make to ourselves to rediscover the joy of savouring a moment without haste. In Italy there are many ways to do exactly this, but one of the most fascinating is to board an heritage train to travel like our grandparents did. Pulled by steam locomotives on tracks that have sometimes been aban...

In the summer of 1325, the process for the canonisation of St. Nicholas of Tolentino took place in some towns in the Marche. 371 witnesses from various socila backgrounds were invited to testify in the presence of the papal legates, who were to receive news and testimonies on the life and miracles of the saint.Among the testimonies presented was on...

In Montedinove, an ancient village along the Valle Dell'Aso in the Sibillini Mountains in the province of Ascoli Piceno, in the Marche Region, every year for the feast of the dead women are celebrated through the pink apple (la mela rosa) of the Sibillini Mountains. Many people gather to shop for typical products of the land and obviously this smal...