A labyrinth adorns the garden of one of the most beautiful palaces in the Castelli Romani: this is the labyrinth of Villa Barberini, located in Castel Gandolfo, among the Alban Hills. Villa Barberini is among the most interesting pontifical villas in Castel Gandolfo, the papal residences that dot Lake Albano and are included in the extraterritorial...

I have loved Rome all my life. I went first when I was 10, to stay in a convent. The highlight then was slipping into a cage with two guard dogs, convinced I had a gift for soothing savage beasts. Reader, I survived. The most recent was in April this year, which involved being pickpocketed at the Circo Massimo metro station. Honestly, it was a priv...

Nature has its way of derailing travel plans. A landslide in August 2023 in the French Alps blocked the main railway just west of the Mont Cenis tunnel. This route is used by all trains from Italy to Lyon and Paris. The sleek French TGVs and the even sleeker Italian Frecciarossa trains competing on the lucrative link from Milan to the French capita...

The seven volcanic islands in the north-east of Sicily have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since December 2000. The archipelago offers wonders in the form of time travel, adventurous routes, wild beaches, and more alive legends than ever. Here are 7 suggestions, one for each isle, for venturing to the Aeolian islands like a local. The Aeoli...

For racing enthusiasts, just mentioning the Autodromo di Pergusa is enough to stir excitement. This racetrack, active from 1962 to 2003, hosted the Grand Prix of the Mediterranean, filling the surrounding mountains with the deafening roar of race car engines. The track, which encircles its namesake lake, saw thrilling competitions where drivers aim...

“What is it with the Americans and Cinque Terre?” asked a Danish fellow dining beside me at La Cantina di Miky in Monterosso al Mare. “We thought we found a hidden gem, then we got here, and I’ve never seen so many Americans in my life.”  For better or worse, Italy’s famed Cinque Terre, or “Five Towns,” is an American darling. The craggy, vertigino...

Furore, a little village along the Amalfi Coast between Amalfi and Positano, is almost hiding in plain sight. Known as il paese che non c’è (“the village that isn’t there”), it is a collection of scattered houses and unique natural spots that make it seem like a place out of a fairy tale. Indeed, this unique geography and layout make Furore blend i...

Over four million tourists came through the UNESCO heritage site of Cinque Terre in 2023, all crammed into an area no larger than one kilometer. Sure, the collection of towns is an icon for a reason, but they aren’t entirely unique, especially in Liguria. Kaleidoscope-colored houses, windows selling oily focaccia, clear and sparkling sea, and hikin...

A pretty city has been named one of the must-visit destinations in Europe this summer, with its landmark being voted as Italy's finest by travel experts. Taranto, nestled on the gorgeous Ionian Sea, boasts a rich history that makes it a worthwhile visit. On the face of it, Taranto is a functional, workmanlike city. It is a significant commercial po...

Sardinia is an ancient land, rich in history and traditions. The various dominations it has undergone, together with its geographical position, have contributed to the development of Sardinian culture: complex and fascinating, with original yet conservative traits, clearly visible in its people, who hand it down with pride. The art, culture and tra...