Milan is Italy's financial capital and hosts its only stock exchange, but its ancient Celtic roots, role in the Italian Renaissance, and status as one of the world's four fashion capitals make it a great city to explore once your business meetings are over. Milan is also home to four five-star Sheraton hotels, such as the brand-new  Milan San Siro....

Not too many people go on holiday in November: the Summer has been gone for a while, Thanksgiving and Christmas yet have to enter our thoughts and it really seems only work and duties occupy our minds. If November enters the year with a bang thanks to Halloween and the Catholic celebrations of All Saints and All Souls, it is also true that the rest...

For ITALY Magazine’s series about ‘True Stories of Buying a Property in Italy’, we’ve interviewed Chris and Eva Lock, who moved from the U.K. to Tuscany’s Lunigiana 14 years ago, when they decided to buy a farmhouse to restore. Still mostly untouched by mass tourism, Lunigiana has given Chris and Eva the chance to enjoy the “real rural Italy”, whil...

With perfectionist rigor and a devotion to painstaking artisanal tradition, Italians turn out some of the world’s most coveted edibles. While northern neighbors Switzerland and Belgium may be better known for their overall chocolate output, Italy is a stellar producer too, with places like Torino, Perugia, and the chocolate valley in Tuscany among...

I knew something was wrong because, as I lay in my bed that morning, light was coming in through the window at an unusually early hour. I reached across my nightstand to grab my phone and, to my horror, it was 9 a.m. I knew that I had set my phone’s alarm to 6:30 a.m., but I had heard nothing. I leapt out of bed in a panic, but knew there was no wa...

Murano Island – A Glassmaker’s Paradise since 1291, this tiny Venetian island has been the home of Venice’s glassmaking industry. Glass production was moved to Murano Island from the main part of Venice because its production posed quite a fire hazard (Note: the buildings in Venice were constructed mostly of wood at this period in history and the e...

On LinkedIn, I noticed an opportunity for travel writers to join a group to visit Olbia. I immediately replied, expressing my sincere interest in the destination, then waited (and waited) with great anticipation to be accepted. What did I do as I waited? I tried to find out where in the world Olbia was located. Now I Know There it was, clearly on t...

There are multiple reasons to explore the ancient Puglia region on the heel of Italy’s boot from Renaissance palaces, extraordinary seafood, mystery churches to a dictator’s folly. This is the first of a two part series on the Puglia region – or Apulia as it was known in past days. Classic archaeological ruins, villages of feudal-era architecture,...

It was only a few months into my tenure as the Free Press restaurant critic when I realized that — wait — maybe my job was actually, improbably, somehow even better than I imagined. I was sitting in a conference room with two of my editors who wanted to check in to see how I was settling in. During our wide-ranging conversation, I casually mentione...

Is there anything quite as quintessential as a cup of coffee, part of a culture in Italy as commonplace as the Colosseum in Rome, or Venice’s Grand Canal. Italians certainly didn’t invent the concept of coffee but as coffee houses in Venice started to serve this addictive black drink it soon became popular in other areas of Italy; namely Turin, Ver...