Travel is a good way to see what makes cities tick. My family recently spent a couple of weeks vacationing in central Italy. The trip showed me a number of urban best practices that could potentially be applicable to Los Angeles. My time in Italy was brief, so this article is not meant to be any kind of conclusive study of Italian urbanism. It’s ju...

A Unesco heritage site since 1991, Val d'Orcia was considered by Renaissance artists to be the place that most perfectly expresses the balance between Man and Nature.  You don’t need a masters in Art History to recognize why. Driving through plowed fields, meadows, woods, towns, gazing at the harmony of colors and landscapes, you’ll be falling for...

IN THIS LAVISHLY illustrated guide, international bestselling author Frances Mayes teams up with New York Times travel writer Ondine Cohane to reveal the inside secrets of a magical country. Featuring all 20 iconic regions, Always Italy (National Geographic; March 31, 2020; $35.00 U.S.; ISBN: 978-1-4262-2091-3; hardcover; 416 pages; 375 photographs...

The Sansevero Chapel, also known as Church of Santa Maria della Pietà or Pietatella, rises between the alleys at the heart of Naples, not far from Piazza San Domenico Maggiore. One of the city’s most fascinating places, it is famous for its wonderful works of art as well as for its many esoteric symbols and Masonic references, which have sparked th...

Among the lush hills and cascading waterfalls of the Lazio region lies Hadrian’s Villa. Only 30 kilometres north-east of Rome, this second-century archaeological site was built on 120 hectares of land by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Set at the base of the Tiburtini Mountains, the complex combines the architecture of ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome. St...

One of the greatest concerns of the leaders of the Italian American community scattered throughout the United States is to try to involve the younger generations. American kids of Italian origin grow up with the teachings of their families, but time passing from the era of mass migration inevitably makes it more difficult to celebrate the Italian h...

La vollero quasi mille anni fa il vescovo Anselmo da Baggio, poi eletto papa Alessandro II, e la contessa Matilde di Canossa, la donna più potente del tempo. Una chiesa più grande di quella fatta erigere dal vescovo Frediano nel VI secolo e divenuta cattedrale della città nel 725. Circa trecento anni dopo gli spazi di questo antico luogo sacro appa...

We all know how many beautiful places there are in Italy. Fly, take a train, drive, bike or walk just about anywhere, and you’ll find a spot that will take your breath away. As one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, it’s no wonder that people flock to the Old Country to marvel at its natural beauty and striking architecture.

Rome's Pantheon attracted more than 9 million visitors in 2019 - an increase of 4 per cent on the year before - according to Italy's culture ministry. The Pantheon, which is open for free, was the most visited site in Italy last year, attracting more tourists than other "superstar" sites, all of which have entry fees. The Colosseum attracted more t...

It's Saturday morning in Civita di Bagnoregio, and the locals are patrolling the medieval walls, eyeing the visitors as they make their way toward the village. As the tourists get closer, they call out to the locals -- who promptly flee. This, one of the most picture-perfect villages in Italy, is no ordinary tourist destination. And these are no or...