The port of Alghero is the main landing place on the west coast of Sardinia and has a mooring capacity of approximately 2500 berths. It is incredible how the port and the city, Alghero, come together, creating a spectacular view, giving the possibility to moor at the foot of the ancient city walls.  The history of Alghero, and its harbour, dates ba...

Tourist high-season in Italy is usually in the spring and summer, when the country is drenched in sun and packed with seasonal festivals and events. January is typically ski season for travelers to Italy's north but -- even in the dead of winter -- heading south guarantees warm temperatures and a mild Mediterranean climate year-round. You'll miss I...

The climate of Italy is highly diverse, given the length of the peninsula and its mostly mountainous interior. However, conditions on the coast are different from those in the interior, especially during the winter months: while places at higher altitudes tend to be cold, wet, and often snowy, the coastal regions have mild winters, in particular th...

As we enter the colder days heading into winter one can only dream of the warm days passed or sitting on an island soaking in the rays. Lets venture to the second largest island in Italy, Sardinia, to explore one of the well-known wineries, Sella & Mosca, and their Cannonau Riserva.  Sardinia is located in the western part of the Mediterranean. It’...

Charred Neapolitan cornicione crust to thin, crispy Roman pies, and puffy slabs of Sicilian sfincione are just three types of pizza, the national dish that keeps on giving. When it comes to this versatile comfort food, Sicily and Sardinia each claim their own unexpected variety: the mustazzeddu from Sulcis, a region in southwest Sardinia, and the r...

This scene of residents gathered at an Italian café may not seem remarkable, until you know their ages; they're each 100 years old – and Guido Lepori says he's got years to go: "At least 150!" he told correspondent Seth Doane. Old age is common, and celebrated, in this town, where murals depict residents who've reached at least 100. Villagrande is...

Is there any country on earth that wears its history as lightly as Italy? Roman ruins sit cheek by jowl with Renaissance palazzos, while modern skycrapers cast their long shadows over neoclassical cathedrals. But there are many more reasons why this is the fifth most visited country in the world – the rolling landscapes of Tuscany, the sandy beache...

Slow Food presidia protect traditional products at risk of extinction, ensuring that traditional processing methods are handed down from one generation to the next and, in so doing, safeguard native breeds, local plant varieties and unique rural landscapes and ecosystems. In Italy, there are 348 presidia. Let’s discover some of these unique Italian...

An essential dessert on Italian tables at Christmas, torrone (nougat) is a speciality with very ancient origins. According to some Roman hirstorians and writers such as Titus Livius and Martial, in ancient Rome, there was a very similar recipe called cupedia or cupeto. It is the same name by which nougat is known in Irpinia, coincidence? Absolutely...

There’s a point in “The Oratorio” when the attention turns to the organ at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City. The giant instrument is both a vestige and a living example of the long history of the church, located on Mulberry Street near Chinatown and Little Italy in Manhattan. With key parts made from wood and leather, it’s something for...