This May Turin’s stately boulevards and grand piazzas will be flooded with sequin-clad divas and flag-brandishing fans, as it gears up to host the 66th edition of the Eurovision song contest. This is only the third time ever that Italy has hosted the competition, following Rome in 1991 and Naples in 1965. The country’s first ever capital (from 1861...

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...

Spinasse is a restaurant located in Seattle, offering Italian speciality products, all coming from the Piedmont region. Executive Chef Stuart Lane attended the Italian Culinary Institute in Piedmont. “We import all of our cheeses, olive oils, vinegar, wines, chocolate, prosciutto, prosciutto cotto and other cured meats, flour and truffles. We value...

Spring in Italy smells of freshly bloomed flowers and trees that are colored with new light, the climate becomes mild, the squares of the cities come back to life and the sun reappears to make the landscapes shine. In short, for many this is the best time of year to travel and to enjoy landscapes and locations without the confusion of summer or the...

I’m in a misty wood on the sprawling grounds of Casa di Langa hotel with two young truffle hunters, Marta Menegaldo and Daniele Stroppiana. As the pair’s curly-haired Lagotto Romagnolo dogs Bianca and Luna dart off into the undergrowth, noses to the ground, tumbling over each other in their quivering search for that elusive scent, Daniele tells me...

Alpe Devero is a place for true mountain lovers. Unlike the Dolomites, which have been widely anthropized, this tiny settlement in the northern tip of Piedmont seems to have remained unchanged through time. Alpe Devero sits on a plain surrounded by larch woods, overlooked by the imposing peaks of Monte Cervandone, Punta della Rossa, Pizzo Cornera a...

The historic cafés of Italy aren’t just places for drinking coffee; having retained the atmosphere and traditions of times gone by, they represent the memory and identity of those times and, therefore, of a part of Italian history. Not that the coffee and treats they offer should be overlooked. They are just as popular for their identity as they ar...

Among the most picturesque territories of our peninsula, we can certainly mention the Langhe and Monferrato, two sub-regions of Piedmont that have been included, since 2014, in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The breathtaking territory of the Langhe and Monferrato Vast expanses of greenery alternate with numerous and dense vineyards and...

It's a trend that started in the third decade of the 21st century and that we hope will become a habit: opening museum deposits. If in Rotterdam (Netherlands) a deposit has become a museum itself, attracting visitors from all over the world with a new formula, in Italy it has been decided to move the works of art by sending them to their places of...

What could be better than combining intense days on ski slopes with relaxing well-being and spa treatments? There are several destinations in the Alps that precisely offer this opportunity, for all tastes and abilities: here are as number of destinations you absolutely should know about. Aosta Valley – Courmayeur and La Thuile The ski area between...