Is your summer half empty or half full?  Recently, I overheard several people lament that, following the Fourth of July, the summer season “is all but over.” Blasphemy! If things need perking up, do what I do: Turn to Trentino (generally called Trento), a high-altitude autonomous province in northeast Italy where some of the best sparkling wines re...

First-time travelers to Italy may be surprised to find such a culinary diversity from region to region. Unlike your typical Italian restaurant in the States, Italian food has much more variety than spaghetti and meatballs or eggplant parmesan. Even though you can find Italian specialties like pizza and tortellini all over Italy, it is well worth sa...

Located about 100 km northwest of Venice, at the border between Trentino and Veneto, the Marmolada is known as ‘la regina delle Dolomiti’, the Queen of the Dolomites; besides the different rock formations and the fact that it boasts the highest peak of the group (3,343m), its glacier, the largest in the Dolomites, and its impressive south wall cont...

Certainly, there is no shortage of magical destinations within a country as diverse as Italy to take your fancy but as you know as well as me, it remains a very popular country to visit. Many people come with stars in their eyes and very determined and full itineraries to hit the hot spots that they’ve read so much about online.  Cinque Terre, Veni...

If you are hankering for a special European tourist destination, you should consider the Trentino-Alto Adige region of northern Italy on the border of both Switzerland and Austria. Its tourist attractions include the Dolomite Mountains, that the famous architect Le Corbusier called “The most beautiful work of architecture even seen,” glacier lakes,...

The long road passing through the borgo is the first attraction of Chiusa. It connects the old center of Città Alta (the upper borgo) with Città Bassa (the lower side). You can start your visit from the Wegmacher house and the Church of the Apostles, with a Gothic style and a single nave, built by the master builder architect Jörg in the latter hal...

If you thought Italy’s allure lay largely in the opportunity to wile away the hours eating and drinking endlessly in pastel-hued piazzas—well, you’d be right. But that’s just part of its perennial magic. For those whose version of la dolce vita includes extraordinary natural beauty, the Dolomites are a true Valhalla. Rising over 10,000 feet in the...

The vineyards of northern Italy have been burning bright this week as winemakers light thousands of torches across the slopes. But why? It's an enterprising solution to a perennial problem: the weather. As frost and snow returned unseasonably late to swathes of the north, winemakers sought to protect their vines from subzero temperatures, which can...

“Here on the Renon it’s divinely beautiful,” wrote Sigmund Freud as he vacationed on the Renon mountain plateau above Bolzano in the summer of 1911. Il Renon, as it’s known in Italian, hovers above the regional capital of Alto Adige/South Tyrol at an altitude varying between 900 and 1300 meters, between the valleys of the Talvera and Isarco rivers,...

As have many peoples and cultures around the world, Italy and Italians have exhibited an infinite passion for music for centuries. Italian music in particular boasts a reputation that is tightly bound to the names of important individuals, from singers to orchestra conductors and composers. In reality, the renown of music from the Bel Paese could n...