Among Italy’s Unesco World Heritage Sites aren’t just artworks, castles, cities and monuments; there are also entire areas, such as the vineyard landscape of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato in the north-western region of Piedmont; this landscape constitute, according to Unesco, “an outstanding example of man’s interaction with his natural environment,”...

The art of glass bead making is the latest Italian addition to Unesco’s prestigious list of of intangible cultural heritage (other additions in recent years include the art of Neapolitan pizzaiuolo and transhumance. The art of glass bead making was awarded to both Italy and France. In Italy, the center of this art has been Venice, and Murano in par...

To protect and enhance Bolognese cuisine in the world as a unique heritage, for the contents it expresses directly, for the close relationships it presents with the history of the territory, with the social, cultural and entrepreneurial fabric and for the value of the agri-food sector on which it is regge, the Metropolitan City of Bologna launches...

Italy has long been an object of fascination for many due to its rich history, culture, art, cuisine, and more. Italian culture has been exported all over the world and everyone wants to know how to get a bit of the Italian experience in their daily lives. Whether you yourself are Italian or you just have a love for the culture, here are some easy...

It’s no secret that the entire country of Italy is full of wonders and treasures – from the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world (a ranking shared with China) to breathtaking natural landscapes. And the FAI, the Italian National Trust, has a census meant specifically to rank all of Italy’s wonders according to the place they h...

It's autumn in Piedmont and in the town of Roddi, not far from Italy's famous UNESCO winemaking region of Barolo, truffle season is underway. Beyond the grapevines, "trifolao" Gianni Monchiero, and his dogs, Lady and Vicky set o to search for these elusive little tubers. The most prized for its distinct earthy and musky scent is the pale yellow Alb...

Italian espresso coffee on Thursday began a bid to claim a place on UNESCO's list of protected intangible world heritage products. The Consortium Protecting Traditional Italian Espresso Coffee celebrated the first World Coffee Day. In so doing, it announced the birth of the Community for the Rite of Espresso Coffee. The initiative asks people to si...

There are many great spots across the world to gaze at the stars. The International Dark Sky Association (IDSA) lists 130 locations, including three that were added in the USA last year (in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah). One notable omission, if you browse the sites on the IDSA’s map, is Italy.  Now, though, the country has an officially recognized...

The monumental complex at Caserta was built by the architect Luigi Vanvitelli for the Bourbon king Charles III in the mid-18th century to rival Versailles and the Royal Palace in Madrid.  The site, inscribed by Unesco in its World Heritage list in 1997, comprises a magnificent palace with its park and gardens, natural woodland, hunting lodges, as w...

Val Camonica, one of the largest valleys of the central Alps, located in eastern Lombardy (northern Italy), is home to the first Italian site registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List, in 1979. The site contains one of the largest collections of prehistoric petroglyphs in the world - more than 140,000 symbols and figures carved in the rock over...