Soapstone, known in Italian as pietra ollare, derives its English name from its soapy feel, which is due to its high talc content. On the other hand, the term ollare of its Italian name comes from the Latin olla, meaning pot, and was used during Roman times to describe containers made from easily lathe-turned stones. It is a metamorphic rock, compo...

Travelers who want to visit Italy may dream of perusing famed Renaissance artworks or glimpsing the Colosseum. The iconic sights are some of the best in the world, and the food is second to none. Though, like any place you've never visited, you may have myths and misconceptions in mind about the lovely Italia. These rumors could compel even the wel...

It's impossible not to love the millennia-old history of this special land that is Sardinia, a place that has its roots in the myths and legends of the ancient island of Atlantis, and which combines the beauty of the sea and nature with an unparalleled cultural heritage. Not to mention the sense of identity perfectly expressed by the flag of the Fo...

It’s not so very long ago that Puglia was off the tourist map, judged as the poor southern relation to culturally rich northern Italy. In the last decade or so, tourists, particularly Italian holidaymakers, have cottoned on to the region’s charms – lovely beaches and the small, cone-shaped dwellings known as trulli have perhaps been its biggest dra...

Located in the Marche region of Italy, Fabriano is a city with a history rooted in Neolithic times as evidenced by archaeological finds at the Attidium site. Fabriano’s best-known feature is its ancient tradition in papermaking, which has earned it the title of UNESCO Creative City, in the category of Crafts, Arts and Folk Traditions, due to its pa...

The first time I stepped into the world of Bussana Vecchia, I was a child and I don’t retain a real memory of it. It’s more of a blurred image, a cloud of colors, of alleys going uphill, and of my father’s arms on which I clung for help in climbing those alleys. I remember the large church with no ceiling as if it was a temple from another world, a...

The Tuscan Maremma is a fascinating region that combines the beauty of the sea with charming historic villages. Here you can discover enchanting beaches, breathtaking natural landscapes and centuries-old culture. In this article, we will explore some of the most beautiful coastal villages in Maremma, perfect for your summer vacation. Among them, Ca...

2023 marked an important turning point for tourism in Italy’s art cities. According to the Centre for Tourism Studies in Florence, the year ended with a return to pre-Covid levels, recording 445.3 million stays in accommodation facilities, an increase of 8.1% compared to 2022. The hotel segment saw significant growth of 9.3%, while the non-hotel se...

When we think of the Ponzian Islands, off the Tyrrhenian Sea, we cannot but refer to Ponza, an island that calls for a certain type of tourism, in some ways more high-ranking and chic than that of other seaside resorts. A kind of tourism that nevertheless remains niche, where handfuls of regulars prefer to retreat to quiet, uncrowded places, where...

Night trains have been gaining popularity as a less stressful and more sustainable way to travel than by plane. But their frequent high prices continue to make the option unaffordable for many travellers. Italy is launching two new routes this summer that hope to offer cost-effective alternatives. The trains will whisk passengers all the way from M...