No nationality takes coffee as seriously as Italians do. Let’s be honest, you can’t go to Italy and not try the coffee, and Venice is no exception. Whether you’re a certified coffee-addict, or just like the occasional cup of Joe – or perhaps you’re a fully fledged freelancer looking for decent wifi to accompany your flat white (we have god and bad...

For all the glories of Florence today, while meandering through the labyrinth of narrow alleys that open to grand piazzas graced by gorgeous sculptures, I reflect on how time has transcended history here, on the site of an ancient Etruscan settlement that grew into the historic core of Tuscany. Lingering in the early morning of Piazza della Signori...

On December 1st Venetians will head to the polls to decide whether they want the historic and ‘oating’ centre of the city to literally break away from its more populated boroughs on the mainland, a vote brought on by the negative consequences of mass tourism on Venice’s residents. Venice authorities have called on its citizens to decide whether the...

For centuries a place devoted to silence and meditation, the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona is built into a vertical cliff face on Mount Baldo at 774 meters above sea level, overlooking the Adige valley, surrounded by a ‘crown’ of mountains, in the province of Verona. A pilgrimage destination since the Middle Ages, it was once only accessible th...

Caltanissetta is quite a large city in Sicily; the city is located in an area surrounded by rolling hills and smaller cities and villages. Caltanissetta is a major hub for transport and trade in the region and has had a long impressive history. The origins of the city can be traced back to 406 BC when a fort was built here by Admiral Nicia. The cit...

Ferrara, loderò le  tue vie piane/grandi come fiumane,/che conducono all’infinito chi va solo col suo pensiero ardente: I shall praise your flat streets/as large as rivers/that lead to infinity those walking alone with their fiery thoughts. That’s how our Gabriele d’Annunzio, patriotic poet and high representative of Italy’s Decadentismo described...

“A city that defines beauty”, one day in Tuscany’s fabulous Florence is only a taste and just not enough… Using Pisa as a base for twelve days to explore other areas in Tuscany over Christmas and New Year’s day, it’s an easy train trip to travel to Florence. Founded during Roman times and as a centre of commerce, Florence is renown as a Renaissance...

Extending over the Tyrrhenian Coast and through the Serre mountains is a little peninsula known as Vibo Valentia - a land whose spectacular panoramic views span from iridescent sapphire waters to lush hills covered in lemon and olive groves.   Vibo Valentia is located in the middle of the southern heart of Calabria and is surrounded by the Tyrrheni...

Virgin Galactic said Wednesday it has been contracted by the Italian air force for a suborbital research flight aboard its winged rocket ship. The mission will be flown as early as next year, carrying three Italian payload specialists who will tend to the experiments while the craft is in space, the company said. Virgin Galactic is best known for i...

Contrast the previous description (Tuscan travel I) with the protagonist’s impression of the Umbrian countryside near Spoleto and the ancient family home in which she was staying: The difference between the terrain of Tuscany and that of the Umbrian hills was remarkable. All of a sudden, we seemed to have crossed over from a world of rolling, viney...