ORIGINALLY PRECEDED BY A WOODEN bridge, the Pons Aemilius was the first of many stone bridges constructed in Rome. It was designed between 179 BC and 151 BC. The bridge connected the central part of the city to the neighborhood of Trastevere, just south of Tiber Island. Initially, only the pylons were made out of bricks. However, in 142 BC the orig...

L'Italia sconosciuta, quella dei piccoli paesi abbarbicati sulla roccia, adagiati lungo le vallate o affacciati su specchi d'acqua. Facciamo un viaggio lontano dalle principali rotte, lontano dalla città, per scoprire il patrimonio meno esplorato del nostro paese, quello del borghi sconosciuti.  Viaggiando alla scoperta del nostro paese è facile in...

ROCCA SFORZESCA IS A STUNNING example of the evolution of castles and fortifications between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Its origins date back to 1261 when a 10 tower structure was built on the remains of a pre-existing tower from the 11th-century. At the end of the 15th-century, the rectangular towers proved to be completely unsuitable fo...

The Cathedral of Trani is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. It is probably the most striking and astonishing romanesque building in Apulia. Developed vertically, with a slender profile, it stands right on the sea. For sailors and for enemies in fact it had to be one of the most visible and recognizable buildings of the Apulian coast. Consecrated in...

Let’s face it, 2020 has had a devastating effect on the tourism industry in Italy. But the motivation for overseas visitors in Italy has only increased which is a great sign for the future of tourism. In 2019 the holiday rentals industry exceeded $38B worldwide with more and more people opting to stay in a holiday home versus a traditional hotel. B...

To pay homage to Raphael on the 500th anniversary of his death, here’s a walking itinerary in the center of Rome to visit the places that contain his works or that were designed by the artist himself. This itinerary features well-known and lesser-knowns palaces and museums, so it’s a great chance to see Rome in an original way.  One day in 1508, Po...

The Strada Statale 48 delle Dolomiti (SS 48 - State Road of the Dolomites), also known as the Great Dolomites Road, is a scenic mountain road that runs through the Dolomites, built between 1901 and 1909 to connect the city of Bolzano in Alto Adige (South Tyrol) to Cortina d’Ampezzo in Veneto, passing by beautiful mountain landscapes and such iconic...

One of my absolute favorite aspects of traveling to Italy is visiting the outdoor street markets. Growing up in Calabria, one such market opened up every Tuesday morning and the location was literally on my street, practically under our home. The market was small but fun, especially to a young child who got to go shopping with mom every Tuesday mor...

When you walk in Florence you are always fascinated by this city, because it was the cradle of famous people, Italian literature and art. Florence is full of museums, galleries and places that will leave you breathless for their history and their beauty. Towards the middle of the 16th century, there was a need to display the works of art in a priva...

As soon as I boarded my flight home, I was scheming and plotting on how to return, how to get myself back to this enchanting land that had captured my heart. That first experience in Italy left an indelible mark on my soul: I was hopelessly hooked.  But I’m by no means unique. The deep allure of Italy and all her beguiling offerings enrapture most...