Oh, Venice! Its name alone is enough to conjure images of a time gone by. But why stop there? Romantic yet stately, calm yet vibrant, there are so many sides to the city. So to do it justice, we’ve compiled this list of the best descriptions of Venice in literature that will make you fall head over heels with the Floating City (if you haven’t alrea...

Stop, I can't climb any higher,' I explained. 'But I can't leave you here on your own,' our guide replied, 'there are bears and wolves in this area.' He assured me the view would be worthwhile, so I clambered up the last steps to Rocca Calascio, the highest fortress in Italy. And boy, was he right: from the top of its battlements, 1,500m above sea...

Casa Leopardi, the birthplace of the well-known Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, will for the first time on March 21 open the chambers where he and his brothers lived and the 'noble floor' to the public. The mansion is located in the town of Recanati in the central Italy region of Marche, where the poet was born in 1789. "Ove Abitai Fanciullo" ("Wher...

The five kaleidoscopic villages of the Cinque Terre, nestled in the hills of the Italian Riviera, are undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to northern Italy. And, judging by the massive flood of tourists and omnipresence in social feeds, the idyllic cluster of untouched-by-time villages in the northwestern region of Liguria is the highlight of ev...

1. And, Italy’s capital goes to… Garibaldi isn’t the most popular figure among Americans who descended from Southern Italy, but it was he who declared Rome as Italy’s capital in 1870, while the country’s Unification movement came to a close. Florence was the capital, prior to the historic decision. 2. A penny for your thoughts Each year, tens of th...

This nature reserve lies three hours by car from Rome and 20 km south of Ancona, commonly referred to as the city where the sun rises and falls over the ocean. Established in 1987, this vast reserve is dedicated to the protection of flora and fauna, becoming a sanctuary of untouched nature. Ancient ruins lay hidden within the lush green forests and...

Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto on the Ligurian coast were inscribed into the list of Unesco’s World Heritage sites in 1997. According to Unesco, this area, comprised between Levanto and La Spezia, is a cultural and scenic landscape of great value which exemplifies a balanced interaction between humans and n...

Rome’s Coliseum, Venice’s gondolas and Pisa’s leaning tower — all sights to behold, and if you’ve ever been to Italy, you’ve probably already seen them. Every year, millions of tourists flock to these national treasures, crowding the streets and driving up prices for everything from hotel rooms to glasses of Chianti. Whether it is your first trip o...

Italy, a country known for its language of love and for its men who publicly shower overtures on women like a centuries-old art form, is often associated with romantic encounters of the kind portrayed in the movies, from “Roman Holiday” to “The Lizzie McGuire Movie.” So some black women ask, why shouldn’t it be the same for them? Latrese Williams i...

In the Middle Ages, it was the road that brought pilgrims from Canterbury to Rome. The Italian section today is a journey through some of the most fascinating places in the boot. On foot, you don’t need much, in fact very little is enough.  All that is required for this trip is a comfortable pair of shoes. And one of those light backpacks, not too...