After a two-year, pandemic imposed, hiatus, the Board of Directors of the National Italian American Foundation recently resumed its annual mission to Italy in grand fashion. During the course of a nine-day trip between June 12th and June 21st the board visited both Abruzzo and Toscana, meeting the regions' political and civic leaders in order to fo...

Early summer is peak lavender blooming season in many places. While France, and Provence in particular, is the most popular “lavender destination” in Europe, Italophiles with a passion for lavender should know that there are several locations in Italy where you can admire the magnificent blooms. Lavender usually blooms in mid-June and will produce...

Spello is a municipality in Italy’s central region of Umbria with roots in antiquity. Located about 10 kilometers (6 mi) from Assisi, on the opposite side of Mt. Subasio, like Assisi, it was inhabited by ancient Umbri until Roman occupation in the 1st century BC. Like the rest of the region, it was evangelized largely from the 2nd through 4th centu...

Umbria is a central region of Italy that borders Tuscany nevertheless, it’s far less touristy. This is mainly because its infrastructure is less developed, with far fewer trains and highways, but also because of its remote location. However, this makes it even better than Tuscany, as it has just as beautiful landscapes but without lots of tour grou...

Hidden in the green hills of Umbria, you will find a small medieval village that will fascinate you for its uniqueness: Rasiglia. Walking through its narrow streets interspersed with small wooden bridges, you will be surprised by the abundant presence of water.  Streams flowing between the little stone houses, intertwining streams, pools and small...

Since the 1930s, Tuscia has been considered one of the best Italian film locations. Today it is also a destination for film tourism and those who want to explore the sets of famous international movies. Over the years, Tuscia has attracted many internationally renowned movie directors of such as: Fellini, Francis Ford Coppola, Orson Welles, Sorrent...

As you wander the labyrinthine medieval backstreets of Spoleto, you will pass many an imposing noble palazzo. Certainly, the elegant 17th century Palazzo Mauri should be a stop for bird-lovers and ornithologists. The building was completely renovated in 2009 and is now the public library. When I visited last year, flowers were being unloaded in fro...

Food Science and Italian Studies represented by Anuradha Prakash and Federico Pacchioni, respectively, joined efforts this summer to launch a new Chapman travel course to Italy.  In exploring the food system from farm to fork, students witnessed directly the making of world-renowned products such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, acco...

Orvieto's famed St Patrick's Well has got onto UNESCO's list of water museums. The spectacular feat of engineering by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger has been added to the Global Network of Water Museums (WAMU-Net), which includes over 70 museums and institutions in 30 countries. The 53-metre deep well was built by Florentine Sangallo between 1527...

Luisa Spagnoli left her mark in the fashion world, but little do people know that she was the woman who invented the “Baci Perugina,” the famous little chocolate with the whole hazelnut surrounded by gianduia and wrapped in a short love poem.  A favorite for Valentine’s Day, the “Bacio” or Kiss, is today one of the best-known Italian chocolates, ea...