It started in a vast meadow of the Colorado backcountry, mid-summer. In the distance, I saw what looked like a bear, but then realized the large, dark form was accompanied by a human. “It’s just a dog,” I said to myself, relieved. I gripped the leash of my small pup and called out: “Is your dog friendly?” Seconds later the animal — all 120 pounds...

I temporarily relocated to the northern region of Trentino from Bologna on March 1, a week before the lockdown was announced. I had no idea of course. I had decided to rent an apartment in a tiny mountain village months ago because I felt I needed a break from city life and because I am an outdoors lover. Being so lucky that I can work from anywher...

Italy, bathed almost everywhere by the sea, is also rich in mountains. Just think of the Alps, the Dolomites, the Apennines and the many other mountain ranges scattered throughout the peninsula. And Italians have always had a good relationship with the mountains. From the great mountaineers, such as the legendary Ardito Desio and Walter Bonatti, to...

The Museum of Flight today announced that the fabric covering of its rare, World War I Italian aircraft, Caproni Ca-21, is actually the original artwork for the so-called “Lost Leonardo” painting, The Battle of Anghiari. Leonardo da Vinci completed the painting in 1505, but its whereabouts have been a mystery ever since. “Needless to say,” remarked...

Tra i canyon delle Dolomiti, nella città termale amata da Sissi (Merano) o a Bolzano, per scoprire la celebre mummia Ötzi, risalente ad oltre 5.000 anni fa. Per il momento, di viaggiare, a causa dell’emergenza Coronvirus, non se ne parla. Ma grazie alla tecnologia è possibile visitare musei, partecipare a laboratori creativi e «muoversi» tra le mer...

It comes as no surprise that Italy was named as one of the 36 best countries to travel to in 2020. This southern European country boasts of magnificent attractions, from historic landmarks and ornate churches to splendid mountains and pretty lakes. It is the combination of beautiful nature and a rich cultural history that makes the country such an...

Pink clouds like candyfloss float above as we bump along in our snowmobile past quaint wooden chalets with smoke billowing from their chimneys. It’s that bewitching time of day in the Dolomites. They call it enrosadira (or alpenglow) and it’s when the mountains glow pinky red. Geologists believe the explanation lies in the unusual composition of ca...

Six years ago I came to Florence from my home in Boston for a short stay that turned permanent after I fell in love with my now-husband, a Florentine named Rami. I was in love with the country, too, and can say that after all this time, I still find it truly breathtaking. Unfortunately the beauty isn't the only thing that makes me gasp here. Someti...

Each mountain in the Dolomites is like a piece of art,” said  legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, who was born and trained in these mountains in northern Italy, before going on to become the first man to climb all fourteen peaks over 8,000 meters, including the first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen.  Extending from the River Adige...

The Trentino region’s cuisine is very much influenced by the neighboring Veneto and South Tyrol regions. In this area, two particular ingredients are untouchable. The first: apples, used for many dry cakes, various desserts, and even savory recipes. The apples of Val di Sole and Val di Non are probably the best in Italy and are the symbol of this a...