Bostonians who want to tour the Colosseum can fly there with Delta beginning in May. The Atlanta-based airline announced Monday that it will add seasonal service from Logan Airport to Rome in 2020. Delta announced the new route at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Logan, where the airline officially assumed operations at all 21 gates in Terminal A. The...

In the second part of the 1800s, French painting experienced one of its moments of true glory, in that this was the period that saw the birth of impressionism. The works of these artists were among the most important in the world of that time. But also Italian art experienced a moment of glory at that time, although the impact was not as vast as th...

Few things could be as fascinating to the historically minded as Pompeii – a town buried by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Much of what we know about Ancient Rome has come from the artifacts archeologists have discovered under the ash, revealing a host of insights into ancient Roman civilisation. Chief among these is the murals,...

Italy is the country in the world with the most UNESCO Heritage Sites: 55, just as many as China which is, however, hundreds of times larger. While Italy has made of artistic and cultural patrimony one of its winning assets also when it comes to economic gain, there are hidden — or less so — corners in the country that time and people appear to hav...

The world-famous explorer Marco Polo is credited with many things, but perhaps the greatest is compiling one of the world’s first best-selling travelogues. Published around 1300, the book chronicles his experiences during a 24-year odyssey from Venice to Asia and back again. Polo did not write down his adventures himself. Shortly after his retur...

Oriolo Romano is an example of a small 16th-century town built according to a rational and functional layout by Giorgio Santacroce. He invited farmers and peasants from Umbria and Tuscany to clear and plow the land and provided housing for them. Even nowadays, the inhabitants of Oriolo still use idioms and expressions that hail back to their ancest...

What is the secret of the sea of Bergeggi? Nobody knows, yet having left Savona and its harbour behind you, after two bends, you see the turquoise waterfront, the white cliffs and the islet of Bergeggi. Below there is the sea, a world of thousand colours, that you do not often see even in tropical seas. The colour of the sea is the strong point of...

Although the Italian territory has a long and illustrious history, Italy’s identity as a country has a much shorter history. That’s because prior to Italian Unification in 1861, Italy was divided into a number of city states and kingdoms vying for power. The country, in fact, is home to hundreds of castles and royal palaces that belonged to powerfu...

How would it be to take a flight of fantasy to the Renaissance in the enchantment of a Florentine evening? Or to witness the legendary Palio? Author Erica Miner reveals this and more in her article: Travels with My Lovers … An excerpt and exploration of Tuscany by Erica Miner. A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a per...

When it comes to fully embracing a city by adapting its local customs and culture, the phrase ‘When in Rome!’ is usually declared. In fact, the phrase is so well known that it’s usually used even without its context-forming latter half: ‘…do as the Romans do!’ So, when in Rome… how does one do as the Romans do? While it would be a shame to forgo a...