Veteran Italian actor Terence Hill is standing down from the long-running television series Don Matteo, in which he has played the lead role for more than 20 years. Hill first appeared on Italian television screens as Don Matteo Bondini - a priest in the town of Gubbio in the Umbrian province of Perugia - in January 2000. The popular TV series went...

Clitunno springs (Fonti del Clitunno) stretch over a 2.5-acre area along Via Flaminia, between Spoleto and Foligno, in the municipality of Campello sul Clitunno, Umbria. The whole area is served by underground springs that flow from natural cracks in the rock. There are two main outlets which actually feed the Clitunno River: the so-called “Sources...

It is no surprise that Italy is one of the most coveted destinations by tourists and this is related to a variety of factors. We have tourism related to art, history, food, nature and religion.  Afterall, it is hard to deny that the strong presence of the Holy See in Italy is the reason behind the long pilgrimages toward sanctuaries and churches th...

Castello Monticelli is the ideal place if you dream of sleeping within the walls of an ancient medieval fortress and at the same time exploring the nature and the villages of Umbria. Its history and its architecture reflect the importance of a legendary place where the visit of the beauties of the place is added the possibility to live unique sport...

A landlocked region between Tuscany, Lazio, and Le Marche, Umbria often gets overlooked by travelers allured to its much-hyped surroundings – especially Tuscany. But cognoscenti know that Umbria shouldn't be skipped  – there, it's easy to feel at one with the world and with Italy. In addition to the picturesque unspoiled landscapes, the tranquility...

All roads lead to Rome” the popular saying goes about the eternal city. Of course, like for any saying, there is some truth to it. Just like the consular roads end and start from Rome, also one of the most famous historical itineraries was created to connect Rome with the rest of Europe: the via Francigena. Let us see the paths of the Via Francigen...

Migration is an expansive concept with many applications and gradations of meaning. For some, the word is closely tied with parents or grandparents immigrating to the United States from Italy or another country. Others attuned to the natural world think of migration as it reflects the seasonal movements of animals or birds. It carries an entirely d...

Our country is home to vast expanses of lavender. The purple, blue and lilac-coloured flower gives shape to fragrant parks, which are the most popular destinations for lavender lovers. A walk through Italian villages and lavender fields is therefore one of the best ways to leave the greyness of winter behind and to welcome spring and its scents wit...

My “Italian Adventure” novels are love letters to Italy. There’s no other way to describe the experiences of an American who arrives in Italy on holiday and decides to never leave. Both Cucina Tipica (2018) and Cucina Romana (2021) have characters and plot, conflict and resolution, humor and pathos, but all of these traditional narratives are infor...

POZZO DELLA CAVA IS A well excavated entirely from the rock upon which Orvieto sits; it consists of two unified sections 36 meters deep: two different wells, a small rectangular Etruscan shaft and a round Renaissance one for spring water.  In 1527, in fact, Pope Clement VII, fleeing from the Sack of Rome, took refuge at Orvieto and ordered the exca...