The Farnese family originated from the north of Lazio – Castrum Farneti. Initially, they were soldiers working for the local nobility but thanks to a very successful marriage strategy the Farnese managed to move to Rome where they started a slow but very successful climb to the highest ranks of the roman aristocracy. With time the Farnese became on...

The UNESCO recognition is the one that everyone wants because it is one of the few recognitions that bring people together, and in a world where we are “divided” over everything, it is a highly prestigious goal. Italy is very aware of its prestige, since it the world “queen” of UNESCO recognitions. Italy boast 59 “World Heritage” recognitions and 1...

Although many Sicilians have left their homeland over the past century and a half in search of a better future, they certainly haven’t forgotten it. They’ve integrated well into new countries, cities, and communities, often achieving successful careers and earning respect. Generations have passed, but for those with Sicilian blood, the call of thei...

Crickets leaping round our feet. A butterfly at the rim of my hat. Burrs on our socks. Smells of fern and pine. The rhythmic rasp of the cicadas. And, ranged around us, a never-ending green. Cypress and cedar. Peaks and parched pastures. The combed vineyards and the dark oak thickets. Moving through it all, feeling right inside it, sticky with it e...

In the heart of theUpper Tiber Valley, the Umbrian Valtiberina, stands one of the most interesting 15th-century architectural complexes in Italy: the Bufalini Castle in San Giustino, a town of ten thousand inhabitants between Sansepolcro and Città di Castello. The castle is located right in the center of the town, protected by an ancient wall that...

Too much tourism? A new interactive map offers a detailed analysis of the Italian destinations most at risk of overtourism. The Overall Index of Tourism Overtourism (Icst), uses five indicators to assess the impact of tourism on several Italian cities and regions, revealing how excessive tourism can negatively affect local communities and the envir...

In the beating heart of Italian craftsmanship, there is a tradition rooted in a history that goes back thousands of years: ceramics. In every corner of the country, the art of ceramics lives on in specialized villages, true custodians of a knowledge that has been handed down from generation to generation, representing one of the excellences of Made...

Walking into an Italian restaurant in Italy for the first time can feel both exhilarating and a little bit scary. The Italian dining experience can look like a carefully arranged and very internal performance to an outsider. From knowing when a double espresso is appropriate, to what the various headlines on the menu stand for, understanding some o...

Said to be one of the most walkable cities in Europe, the Italian city of Bologna offers a wide range of interesting attractions that visitors are able to easily access on foot. Located to the north of the country, Bologna's history can be traced back to around 900 BCE, with many of the narrow streets in the city centre built before cars were inven...

I’ve had the privilege of writing and talking about many of Italy’s little gems over the past few years, but few could be more "gem-like" than Parma, a lovely corner in the heart of Emilia-Romagna where art, history and food get along almost too amiably. You sense it as you stroll through Parma: the beauty of the city’s streets, with their elaborat...