Italy may be considered one of the world’s best summertime escapes but there are many advantages in visiting during the winter months. When you travel during low season, you’ll find fewer tourists, optimal skiing conditions in the north with mild temperatures in the south and a festive spirit around the holidays. Not to mention, Italy’s most beauti...

Transhumance, the traditional farming practice of seasonal migration of livestock along storied tracks towards better climate conditions, was unanimously inserted Wednesday into UNESCO's list of of intangible cultural heritage. The successful bid was made by Italy, Austria and Greece. With this new inclusion, Italy has overtaken Turkey and Belgium...

The grandmothers set up shop early. Out of ground-floor kitchens that opened directly onto the street, they came out singing old songs, sweeping the stone floor and scattering their homemade orecchiette, the city’s renowned ear-shaped pasta, on the mesh screens of wooden trays. As the pasta dried in the sun along with the sweatpants, T-shirts and b...

As our rented Alfa Romeo pulled into the gates of Borgo Egnazia, I knew we were in for a fantastic escape. Far away felt the chaotic Autostrade highway that led us from Naples to Fasano, a small seaside town in Italy’s Puglia region, and the only reality that seemed to exist was in front of us, the white manor beckoning my wife and I inside with fl...

Autumn in Puglia, the south-eastern heel of Italy’s famous boot. At this time of year, in the olive tree-carpeted countryside, delicate light gently illuminates the amber leaves on the trees, and at night the roads are quiet. A huge harvest moon is set against an inky black sky, and in the fields below, tractors lazily make their way home. Not all...

Questa mattina il sindaco Antonio Decaro ha ricevuto a Palazzo di Città il nuovo console generale degli Stati Uniti d’ufficio a Napoli, Mary Avery, che da poco ha assunto l’incarico. “Il legame tra il nostro Paese e gli Stati Uniti è un legame antico e solido - ha sottolineato Decaro - che si è strutturato anche grazie alla presenza del consolato a...

Maruggio and the splendor of its landscape, dominated by mighty olive trees, and characterized by masserie (typical country houses of Apulia Region), votive chapels, majestic trulli and dry stone walls that run along the lush rows of vineyards where the Primitivo was born, fine wine from the unique harmony of colors, scents and flavors. The histori...

Over the centuries, Salento, the eastward-facing tip of Puglia, has been home to a succession of peoples that have left traces of themselves everywhere, engraving the signs of their presence in Lecce stone. They have carved their history on it, building dolmens, menhirs, forts and temples, as well as dwellings, villas, monuments and churches.  It i...

When: Tuesday, November 19th at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 - What: Professor Edmondo Lupieri (Loyola University) will introduce this event and present the following speakers, who will address the topic, "Apulia’s Saints and Animals: Hagiographic Narratives and Popular Devotions:" Presenting popular devo...

In the wild and remote Molise region of Italy, transhumance is an ancient tradition where drovers bring their herds on a seasonal journey from the lowlands to mountain pastures, following a network of millennia-old trails. It is a ritual that is still performed by the Colantuono family. On May 22, they set out with their 300 cows on the fatiguing t...