There is still a lot to discover in Tuscany that is off the beaten track. One is Val di Chiana, with fabulous countryside and suggestive villages in a valley, and the best way to do this is to explore it along the Path of Reclamation, Il Sentiero della Bonifica. This last is a road opened a few years ago that crosses the entire valley along the Mae...

This summer, nine Vespisti of the Vespa Committee of Washington, DC, led by AMHS member Willy Meaux, set off on an epic two-week Vespa ride from Rome to a first Vespa rally in Sulmona in the province of L’Aquila in Abruzzo. The trip, which began June 30, 2022, then took the riders through Umbria to Spoleto and Perugia, on to Tuscany via Montalcino,...

Exploring under the Tuscan sun has always been a dream of mine. During our visit, Florence effortlessly weaved itself onto my list of the best places in the world. I was sure I was going to be disappointed since we left Positano (one of the most beautiful places) for Florence. But I just fell in love all over again! We arrived in Florence after tak...

On our way from Florence to the wine country of Chianti, we stopped at the American Cemetery and Memorial 7.5 miles south of Florence. This is one of 26 cemeteries overseas honoring fallen American soldiers, eight from WWI, 28 from WWII. There are two in Italy, the other in Nettuno. They are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission an...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will celebrate its 47th Anniversary Gala at the elegant Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 29, 2022. This year, NIAF will salute its 2022 Region of Honor, Tuscany, the birthplace of the Italian language and Renaissance. Hosting the black-tie event will be Maria Bartiromo, a...

The Isola d’Elba, an amazing island situated between the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian Sea, is the largest of the Tuscan Archipelago. It can be easily reached from Piombino with both Toremar, Blu Navy, Moby Line x ferries. There is also an airport on the island, Marina di Campo, that is served by Intersky for international flights (to Friedrichshafen, Mu...

For people all over the world–including those who have never traveled to Italy–the mere mention of Tuscany brings to mind images of rolling hills ribboned with cypress tree-lined roads and tables set with thick cuts of bistecca fiorentina and glasses of Chianti wine. Few, however, know about the beautiful landscapes and excellent food of Maremma, t...

September is a perfect month to go on holiday in Italy. Temperatures are still mild but more pleasant than in July and August. The beaches and art cities empty out, without the large crowds of tourists. Prices for flights and accommodation are much lower than in the other summer months.  But where to go in Italy in September? The temperatures are s...

The quaint town of Volterra, in the Pisa province of Tuscany, is known worldwide as the Italian capital of alabaster. The precious, diaphanous stone has been at the heart of the area’s economy and craftsmanship tradition for centuries, since Etruscan times. But there is more to Volterra than its well-deserved fame as a hub of alabaster art because...

Seventy-five-year-old Florence Pauli had already come to terms that her family wound never be given the title of Righteous Among the Nations, although they saved Jews during the Holocaust from certain death, endangering their own lives. Fast forward to 2022, and their courageous act has been recognized by the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance...