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...

Make me the biggest yacht in the world—bigger than anyone has ever seen,” he commanded. It was a mold-breaking commission for the Benetti shipyard more than 40 years ago, from a client keen to tout his wealth. The Italian firm had already earned accolades for making fine yachts, but this was to be a new kind of vessel, a “superyacht,” if you will....

Florence is a monument to the Renaissance, showcasing at every turn the art and architecture from that period, which continues to impress and inspire. It's clear what the Italian Renaissance looked like, but in the soaring Santa Maria Novella Basilica, "CBS Sunday Morning" got the rare chance to hear how it sounded, with music being heard for the f...

Born in late 13th century Florence, Dante influenced the theories, political beliefs and literature during and after the Renaissance era. Although Dante meticulously practiced writing in his early life, he later rose to fame as the author of one of the greatest works of literature, the Divine Comedy. He divided the poem in three cantiche—Inferno, P...

Piazza della Signoria, arguably the most beautiful in Florence is outfitted with Michelangelo's David, Donatello's Judith and Holofernes, and other Renaissance sculptures. It also boasts two of the most prominent names in the Italian food world: Massimo Bottura, chef of the three-star Michelin-rated Osteria Francescana,  and Frescobaldi, a noble fa...

When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor (this year is the 80th anniversary) and the United States declared war, Italy also went to war with America on the basis of the alliance pact signed with Japan. Italians who lived in America found themselves guiltless citizens of an enemy country: some were removed from the two coasts, all were asked to choose betwe...

The Maremma is an evocative land that overlooks the last stretch of the Tuscan sea and is immersed in the Uccellina Natural Park. The coast is called Costa d'Argento (literally Silver Coast) and goes from Talamone to Capalbio, bordering with Lazio. The Argentario promontory towers the Costa d'Argento and is connected to the coast by two strips of s...

From a distance, the 13th century tower seems to ride the hilltop alone. A ruin or perhaps an invitation to more, its mystery is finally revealed when a cypress lined road eases to an end. A striking 13th century portal waits, beckoning one to step inside this picturesque, sleepy Tuscan village.  Welcome to Monticchiello, province of Siena. If a gu...

If you want to get away from the tourist traps and experience Florence like a local, Oltrarno is the right place to go. This part of Florence includes panoramic terraces like the Piazzale Michelangelo to beautiful gardens such as the Boboli Gardens. Not to mention the artisanal boutiques, and contemporary art galleries. Palazzo Pitti One of the mos...

It earned its name, "Old Bridge," by surviving a long and exciting history. It's possible that the bridge existed in some form during the Roman Empire, but it was first recorded as being a defensive structure in Medieval Italy. The bridge, built of stone and wood, crosses the most narrow point of the Arno River and connects the City Center to the d...