OK, so the Grand Hotel Trento isn't really that grand at all. I mean, yes, it's grand as in big, but it's not grand as in posh or swanky. In fact, it's more than a little shabby around the edges, redolent even of a cheesy Seventies conference venue. The staff are extremely jolly though and - vitally - it's slap dab in the heart of Trento. And since...

Many travelers head to Italy’s northernmost regions for the gorgeous mountain resorts, but the area is also home to fascinating cities that can provide a different take on the Italian experience. In Bolzano and Merano in the South Tyrol you’ll find, despite differences in customs, aesthetics and languages, an engaging hybrid of Germanic and Mediter...

Non è il provvedimento rapido, sull'onda della moda del "basta plastica. In Val di Pejo vogliono una montagna in salute e per liberarla da plastiche e microplastiche hanno pensato a un percorso in più tappe per rendere sostenibili le attività della valle. Ma per cominciare, in Val di Pejo, in provincia di Trento, nasce il primo comprensorio sciisti...

Trento, Mantua, Bolzano, Pordenone and Parma are the top five cities in the annual standings of Ecosistema Urbano 2019, a survey by Legambiente, Ambiente Italia and Il Sole 24 Ore on the environmental performance of Italy's provincial capitals, published in Monday's Il Sole 24 Ore. Catania, Siracusa and Vibo Valentia were at the bottom of the ranki...

ln Trentino testimonies of metalworking appeared from the moment the man learned to use metals to build objects intended to meet the needs of everyday life. The mining and metalworking archaeology has provided many examples of a the processing of copper and other minerals in the mountains from the Valley of Mocheni to the plateau of Tesino. These m...

Italy has set a record at the annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC), which is regarded as the most comprehensive and rigorous international wine competition of its kind. For the first time since the contest’s beginning in 2014, Italy, led by Trentodoc with 27 Gold medals, has won the most medals of any other country, provi...

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...

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...

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...

Frances Mayes has spent years traveling through Italy and writing about it in her best-selling books like Under the Tuscan Sun. Her latest book, See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover is a travelogue about all the undiscovered and overlooked gems in Italy, which she reveals to us here. Writing See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in...