More than two years in the making, the Migration Project, on display in Perugia, Italy, from Sept. 3- Oct. 9, 2022, welcomed 10 artists from two countries. The show brought together a mix of exceptional talent and artistic vision and attracted visitors from Perugia and abroad. Five US artists participated — Humaira Abid, Iole Alessandrini, Mary Cos...

What do two popes, the actor Terence Hill, and Doctors without Borders have in common? Each of them has had the honor of lighting the world’s largest Christmas tree, proudly displayed since 1981 in the small Umbrian town of Gubbio in Italy. Perhaps not exactly what you imagine a Christmas tree to look like, this one is a display of more than 700 li...

It’s been six years since the devastating earthquakes that tore through central Italy, causing death, destruction and pain. People lost their homes, their loved ones and, in many cases, their livelihood; they lost their community, their social network and their familial heritage. Perhaps nothing comes as close to the idea of total, complete loss as...

Brunello Cucinelli also produces wine "in the vineyard of the beloved Umbrian village of Solomeo." With the bottles wrapped in paper bearing, in Italian and English, phrases from Marcus Aurelius, Homer and Socrates. The first wine, vintage 2018, was presented at the Institute of the Blind in Milan at a "friendly dinner" hosted by Cucinelli. The con...

Corciano is located midway between Perugia and Lake Trasimeno, at the top of a hill overlooking the valley that links Tuscany and the Trasimeno area with the Tiber River valley. The original castrum was built in the Middle Ages, and is the “hilltop” type, with a concentric street system, enclosed within three circuits of defense walls (13th-14th ce...

My partner and I want to spend four months in a village in Italy to experience local life, based in Le Marche or Umbria and making trips from there. What locations might work, and what long-term rental sites are there? I Davies, Philip Island VIC While village life might look appealing, living there can be limited. Shops might be some distance away...

Lying in the Apennines, Gubbio is one of the oldest cities in Umbria, a medieval pearl that still retains its ancient but fascinating aspect. But do you know that in this village you can get the "crazy driver's license"? Yes, the village of Gubbio is known throughout Italy and around the world for a particular rite that makes it take the nickname "...

The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is no doubt one of Assisi’s major attractions; yet, how many know of or venture along the nearby trails and woods where Francis himself, and his friars, walked in nature and dedicated themselves to contemplation. It is here, behind the Basilica, that FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, has restored and opened to t...

My first home in Italy 20 years ago was a 13th-century medieval house with walls 4 feet thick and views as far away as 70 miles. But one of the best things about living there was how close it was to the ancient Etruscan town of Orvieto. A very special hilltop town, Orvieto was my neighbors’ favorite place to go for dinner. Upon arrival, they would...

It barely needs to be said that Italy has long been a favored vacation destination for tourism; and especially for the rich, famous and the extremely famous. For centuries people have been attracted by its stunning coastline, its culture, its chic fashion sense, its gorgeous vineyards and its stellar mountain regions. Italy has always impressed the...