Using an expression inspired by the Gospel, some have described monasteries as "voices crying out in the desert" of medieval Europe, with echoes in our contemporary history.   Since the 5th century, when the curtain slowly but inexorably drew on Rome's millenary pomp, monasteries gradually turned into essential reference points on the stage...

The ruins of the ancient Greek city of Morgantina sit high on a hill in eastern Sicily. There are cherry trees, wildflowers and total stillness, save for the sound of bird song. The area has long been sacred to Persephone; legend has it that Hades pulled that goddess into the underworld by a nearby lake.   It was here at Morgantina, just out...

American Airlines Group annuncia i collegamenti stagionali fra l’Italia e gli Stati Uniti per l’estate 2015, offrendo ai passeggeri italiani ulteriori opzioni per raggiungere dagli aeroporti di Milano, Roma e Venezia alcuni dei principali hub della compagnia, dai quali potranno proseguire verso numerose destinazioni tra Stati Uniti, Caraibi e Ameri...

by Silvia Donati   Inspired by her unrelenting love for Italy, 12 years ago, Kathy McCabe started a newsletter devoted to travel in the Bel Paese, 'Dream of Italy', to provide fellow Italy lovers with information and advice on how to experience the country in an authentic way.   As of May this year, Dream of Italy is also a six-part t...

by Brooke Neuman   Are you planning a trip to Italy? Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, it's important to be well prepared. And we're not just talking about making sure you have your passport and an extra pair of comfy shoes.   Besides learning how to speak Italian, it's important that you familiarize yourself with Ita...

2015 has been a great year for Italian art. According to recently released statistics, 43 million people visited local museums creating something like 155m euro revenues for the government.   If we consider 2014 data as well, Italy registered a growth of 5 million visits in 24 months, with Colosseum (+6 per cent), Pompeii (12), Reggia di Cas...

The second home is a purchase from the heart, a choice based more on emotional criteria than rational ones. One buys in a much-loved place, where one wants to spend free time and vacations, and, why not, where the real estate can perhaps earn income for brief periods.   Having said this, the purchase of a second home brings with it a series...

My last name is Italian. Unfortunately, that's all I really knew about the Italian side of my family. Most of my Italian ancestors died a long time ago, and my family wasn't in touch with those still living.   My father once tried to research our family tree, but reached a dead end with my great-grandparents, who both died before 1950. &nb...

While most visitors inexplicably wait until summer to descend on the shiny cobblestone streets of Italy's Eternal City—when the country's capital literally bakes in the debilitating midday sun, necessitating at least three gelati daily and just as many cold showers—the spring is truly prime time to visit. Milder temperatures, a host of special even...

Pope Francis is likely to visit more East Coast cities than just Philadelphia when he travels to the U.S. in September, the Vatican's secretary of state said Tuesday.   Pope Francis announced his trip to the United States on Nov. 17 in an address to members of the "Humanum Conference." During his visit, the pontiff will participate in the Se...