by Rick Steves   To connect with the rural charm that defines Tuscany, consider exploring by car and staying not in towns but in farmhouses. Savvy travelers can slow down and get a taste of Italian rural life in the traditional-yet-cozy lodgings of a countryside B-and-B or an "agriturismo" -- a working farm that takes in guests.   As...

The picturesque region of Umbria is one of most popular destinations in Italy for a lot of reasons. It has a spectacular array of medieval towns, verdant hills (they don't call it 'The Green Heart of Italy' for nothing), and earthy, mouth-watering cuisine that often highlights seasonal, foraged specialties like mushrooms, wild asparagus, and truffl...

Matera, famous for its "Sassi," is a city in the region of Basilicata located essentially where the heel of the "boot" of Italy starts. "Sassi" means rocks, but in this case we're not talking about big boulders like those of Stonehenge. Here, the Sassi—the first site in southern Italy to be taken under UNESCO's protective wing, in 1993—are two anci...

Visitors to Florence typically know the city divided between the historical center and the bohemian "other side of the river," Oltrarno. Go a bit deeper and you may find quarters such as San Niccolò before Piazzale Michelangelo, Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno, Sant'Ambrogio near Santa Croce promoted for having a local vibe and secret finds to match....

Padua is known throughout the world as "the city of the saint", in honor of Saint Anthony. The Portuguese Franciscan, born in Lisbon in 1195, died here on the 13th of June, 1231 in the historic neighborhood of Arcella, behind the station, where a beautiful frescoed church, the Sanctuary of Saint Anthony, commemorates the years he lived in the city....

Coffee is a key part of the Italian culture, but instead of simply spending your trip sipping cappuccini on terraces, why not get a taste for life on the other side of the bar? Florence's Espresso Academyoffers a range of courses including basic, intensive and café latte art, while the Terzi Coffee School in Emilia Romagna offers intimate workshops...

È di oltre 28 miliardi di euro annui il valore complessivo del business Italia-USA, cioè dei flussi commerciali e turistici attivati nel nostro Paese dalla domanda statunitense, considerando anche la spesa degli studenti americani in Italia.   Il nostro Paese rappresenta la prima destinazione internazionale richiesta dalla clientela ai tour...

by Jackie DeGiorgio   The glitterati have landed in Sicily for the annual Taormina Film Fest. Kicking off Friday, 12 June, the Festival's nine-day line-up includes the highly anticipated premiere of the Pixar film "Inside Out."   Now in its 61st year, the festival has attracted international superstars from Elizabeth Taylor to Marlon...

Partiranno alla scoperta degli Stati Uniti d'America trentadue studenti dell'Insubria, ma non si tratta di una vacanza. I ragazzi partiranno il prossimo 19 maggio e visiteranno Boston, New York Philadelphia e Washington, accompagnati dal professor Giorgio Maria Zamperetti, ordinario di Diritto Commerciale nel Dipartimento di Diritto, Economia e Cul...

by Connie Pillsbury   I was treated to a wonderful surprise botanical garden in Merano, Italy, this summer while traveling in the South Tyrol, the Southern Alps in northeast Italy. Merano, or Meran in German, (not to be confused with Milan), is a town of 38,000 people in a lush valley surrounded by scenic peaks.   For years it's...