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...

Despite being plagued by financial woes and threats of liquidation, Italian carrier Alitalia has announced that the carrier will begin service between Rome and San Francisco next summer. This is not a completely new service for the carrier as Alitalia previously flew between Milan and San Francisco in 2001, but ended the service after the airline i...

“It takes time to know a place and have the chance to capture the spirit of it as well as provide practical information on what to see and do, how to get around, and tips for organizing an Amalfi Coast vacation,” says Laura Thayer, the author of “Moon Amalfi Coast – With Capri, Naples and Pompeii,” a newly released guidebook by Moon Travel Guides (...

Gorizia, in Friuli-Venezia Giulia near the border with Slovenia, is a small town and can be easily visited on foot; here are some walks we recommend. A tour of the town must begin from its most significant monument, the imposing Castle, surrounded by the ancient irregular walls (See map 1 below). Founded in early medieval times, probably in the XIt...

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...