The Island of Elba is the largest in the Tuscan Island chain, and by itself it contains a secluded charm, yet is rich in history, civilization and nature life. It is thanks to its geological structure and its particular geographic position that this island is considered an open-air laboratory for geologists, naturalists and botanists. One can admir...

A couple weeks ago I attended a Masters class in Boston hosted by the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico and led by Jeff Porter.  It was a horizontal tasting discussing the diversity of Chianti Classico and its 9 communes including: San Casciano in Val di Pesa; Tavarnelle Val di Pesa; Barberino Val d’Elsa; Poggibonsi; Greve in Chianti; Castellare in C...

Tuscany is home to so many beautiful sites that are firm in the collective imagination that you might be wondering if there’s anything to see off the beaten path. Fortunately, the region also has you covered on that front as well! With a myriad of unusual sites all over Tuscany, you’ll be sure to find a few unique highlights that you probably didn’...

A new cooperative partnership with an Italian university is giving Troy University archaeology students a chance to explore one of the world’s most historic areas. TROY students spent this summer working on a historical dig with the University of Pisa, the first in what are planned to become yearly trips to Italy. The partnership came about due to...

Prisca Zaccaria grew up in Cortona, Italy, and every summer for as long as she can remember, she anticipated the day when the Americans would arrive in Cortona from Rome by bus. These Americans were students in the University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona. “I remember growing up seeing these different people in town. They would wear...

Il celebre pavimento a commesso marmoreo è unico per la tecnica utilizzata e per il messaggio delle figurazioni, un invito costante alla Sapienza. Secondo il Vasari si tratterebbe del pavimento “più bello…, grande e magnifico” che mai fosse stato fatto. Il risultato di un complesso programma iconografico realizzato attraverso i secoli, a partire da...

Most travelers visiting Italy have dreams of days filled with pizza, pasta, and gelato. While you should definitely indulge in these well-known treats during your stay in Italy (since they’re the best in the world here), you might also like to broaden your horizons and sample some Italian delicacies that aren’t so common.  From street food to tratt...

Tourism in Italy is a growing industry. The country was a holiday destination for 420 million visitors in 2017, smashing records by 4.4 per cent compared to the previous year. According to Istat figures, this is 5.3 per cent above the European average.  Rome remains the most popular destination, attracting almost 27 million of these visitors, or 6....

AT FIRST GLANCE, THE APUAN Alps of northwest Tuscany’s Carrara region are pure white. Alison Leitch first saw them from a train window when traveling through Italy in the early 1980s. From a distance, she writes, their dazzling tops looked like snow. Her seatmate told her otherwise: The blinding whiteness was actually marble dust, a powdery byprodu...

A bunch of weeks ago, one of our articles dedicated to curious facts about the Colosseum became quite popular on Lifeinitaly’s Facebook page. As it seems our readers have a keen interest in knowing more, little known facts about Italy’s most recognizable monuments, we decided to dedicate a few lines to another very popular Italian landmark, the lea...