The Italian birthplace of Saint Valentine is looking for a "romantic" new sister city in the US. Officials in Terni, in the Umbrian hills, told the BBC that they already have twin cities elsewhere in Europe. "But we have never had a sister city in the US, so we thought, why not see if we can build a relationship," Omero Mariani, Terni's head of tou...

The village of Preci lies at the northern end of the Monte Sibillini Park in Umbria. Perched among rolling hills, sweeping pastures and scatterings of small farms, it seems the unlikeliest place in the world to have spawned a school of celebrated surgeons whose skills were virtually unrivalled in Europe for almost five centuries. Preci is one of It...

Si trova in Sicilia, a Siracusa, la prima rappresentazione figurativa della Natività. “Si dispone la greppia, si porta il fieno, sono menati il bue e l'asino. Si onora ivi la semplicità, si esalta la povertà, si loda l'umiltà e Greccio si trasforma quasi in una nuova Betlemme.” (Tommaso da Celano,  primo biografo di San Francesco) La rievocazione d...

Circa quattro mesi di lavoro e l’impegno di tutta Gubbio con i suoi Alberaioli. Nasce così l’albero di Natale più grande del mondo. Per il 39esimo anno, sul monte Igino si è accesa l’indistinguibile sagoma formata da centinaia di lampadine: per l’esattezza 950. Sono 1350 invece le prese e le spine utilizzate per le connessioni di cavi e punti luce...

The municipalities of Monti Sibillini Park represent a unique occasion to live the wonders of the past in full, and to discover the treasures that have been curated by man throughout the centuries – in part so that they could adapt to their natural environment, wild – and often hostile - as it was.  A travel experience in these parts can be akin to...

Italy may be considered one of the world’s best summertime escapes but there are many advantages in visiting during the winter months. When you travel during low season, you’ll find fewer tourists, optimal skiing conditions in the north with mild temperatures in the south and a festive spirit around the holidays. Not to mention, Italy’s most beauti...

A scuola di pecorino toscano. Capita anche questo, a Los Angeles e a New York, ma anche nel profondo Texas, e poi su al nord, fino in Canada: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal. Un bel traino, in vista della partecipazione al Winter fancy Food, la megakermesse in programma dal 19 al 21 gennaio al Moscone Center di San Francisco. A scuola, dunque. Ristora...

There’s no shortage of spectacular castles in Italy. Many centuries ago, stone-walled castelli were owned by the wealthiest of noble families who ruled across the country. Fortunately, several of these stately structures have survived intact, and have been rebuilt and reintroduced as magnificent hotels—many featuring original structures, centuries-...

Trumpets will sound this Saturday in Gubbio on the Eve of the Immaculate Conception, as the world’s largest Christmas tree display once again comes to life. The attraction, which takes up an entire mountainside in the medieval Italian town, is 2,100 feet tall and more than 1,000 feet wide. The tree display shines throughout the holiday season, unti...

Peace, universal love, respect for the natural world… Francis of Assisi, the “first environmentalist”, is the sort of saint whose teachings even the most ardent secularist couldn’t object to. His celebration of simplicity and rejection of material possessions also chime with today’s distaste for heedless consumerism. Nearly 800 years after Francis...