Lerici is one of our favorite places to walk along the sea, eat seafood, wander the historic streets along the Gulf of Poets, and not attempt to get to the Cinque Terre on a horribly packed train. Like many other places in the vicinity, it pays tribute to Dante. It has shelters, tunnels built under the castle and in town to protect folks from WWII ...

Villa Monastero, in Varenna, is a gem set in the breathtaking panorama of Lake Como, a place that embodies the beauty and history of the Province of Lecco. This ancient mansion, transformed from a Cistercian monastery to an elegant patrician residence, now offers itself to visitors as a House Museum and Botanical Garden, attracting lovers of histor...

If we think of a white city in Puglia, of course, we think of beautiful Ostuni, but there is another one: Locorotondo. Locorotondo, one of the Borghi più Belli d’Italia, is located in the heart of Puglia’s Valle d’Itria, at around 410 meters above sea level. Awarded the Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club for its beauty and quality of life, thi...

Vicenza is certainly one of Italy's top industrial hubs, leading in textiles and steel. It's the national center for gold and jewelry. Here, traditional craftsmanship meets modern luxury from brands like Gucci, Hermès, and Tiffany & Co. Visitors always find something valuable. Tag along as we roam the evocative streets and expansive piazzas of Vice...

In Italy there are some villages that are truly one of a kind, capable of capturing the curiosity of tourists from all over the world. Many of them are famous for their history, others for their specialties of excellent food, wines and crafts, but some are truly noteworthy above all for their particular…profile. This is the case of Centuripe. Centu...

Nestled in the heart of Italy's Umbria is a village that is often referred to as being among "I Borghi più belli d'Italia", translating to the most beautiful villages of Italy. This walled medieval village of Montone is almost in the centre of Italy and has a rich history behind it. The village is the origin of the Fortebracci Condottieri family, w...

I cycled into birdsong, into colour, the light glimmering against the white of the low stone walls. There was a spaciousness as I cycled, a lateral stretching of soundscape, big skies, birds fluting. I didn’t meet anyone else on the narrow lanes and had a sense of being completely alone on an island of 2,000 people. Is there anything happier than b...

Italians can tell turisti before they’ve even opened their mouth. One expat reveals how not to look like a tourist in Italy. An American expat in Italy has unveiled the four “obvious signs” that give away an American tourist, including their unique walking habits. Rachael Sullivan, an American woman from Florida, moved to Florence in January this y...

Back again this year, from May 22 to Sept. 22, 2024, is the Viaggio nel Foro di Cesare (Journey through Caesar’s Forum), the multimedia show that aims to narrate and bring to life the scenic archaeological area, accompanied by the narrative voice of Piero Angela. Promoted by Roma Capitale, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, the project is...

In good news for those headed to Italy's shores this summer, a environmental survey has shown an improvement of water quality in various Italian waters. The annual analysis from the foundation FFE has awarded almost 500 Italian beaches with the blue flag, which stands for clean water and environmental protection. That's 14 more than last year. Most...