Of course it’s celebrated in Italy! Initially, not as a day of love, but in honor of the Saint and Bishop San Valentino of Terni. There is a beautiful legendary love story associated with Valentine’s Day in Italy, not Romeo and Juliet, instead Sabino and Serapia. “Ma scusi” (but excuse me), isn’t Italy all about love? Sabino — a young, dynamic Roma...

Pondering a visit to the bucolic rural region of Umbria during the winter, but aren't sure if it’s worth the effort to visit in the off-season? Though the best times of year to explore the hill towns and rolling countryside of central Italy are spring and fall—with mild temperatures, sparse crowds, and a plethora of cultural and food festivals—Umbr...

When life hands you grapes, you make wine. Writer John Henderson meets a Californian-Sicilian couple who found a vineyard near their Umbrian home and turned it into one of the region's most promising new wineries. So you want to have a winery in Italy, huh? Sit on your porch looking out at your vineyard on the hill, sipping the fruits of your labou...

For those dreaming of a golf vacation, Italy offers a number of itineraries that also include the best of wellness, cuisine and art. From north to south, in mountains or at sea, on the Peninsula and off, one can find a wide variety of greens set against spectacular backdrops, and characterized by significant cultural, artistic and enogastronomical...

Welcome to Bevagna, a wonderful medieval town in the province of Perugia, home to an ancient Umbrian population that fought off the Roman expansion – until they lost the famous Sentino battle (295 BC), together with their allies: the Samnites, the Senones and the Etruscans. Bevagna is a treasure chest of artistic and architectural wonders, such as...

The town of Assisi will forever be associated with its most famous son, Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order and patron of Italy. A town located in the Umbria region of Italy in the province of Perugia, Assisi is also the birthplace of Saint Clare and Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. The town’s vast collection of medieval art and...

We’ve been hearing about how Italy’s famous landmarks have been suffering under the strain of overtourism lately. As well as crowds being a nightmare for residents, it doesn’t exactly make for the most enjoyable travel experience for visitors either. After all, it’s hard to enjoy the view when you’re being poked in the eye by someone’s selfie stick...

Out in the rolling curves of the Umbrian countryside, Brunello Cucinelli is indulging his utopian urges. Headquartered in the 12th-century hilltop village of Solomeo, once largely ruined but now restored and fruitfully occupied, the cashmere mogul runs an experiment in what he calls ‘humanist capitalism’. This is not fantasy or folly, though there...

Archaeologists have made a strange discovery on an Italian excavation site. In a children's cemetery dating from the fifth century AD, scientists have in fact uncovered the bones of a child of about ten years of age, and... in whose mouth a heavy stone had been placed. This ‘vampire grave’ has raised many questions. Halloween might be long gone but...

As a travel writer, I often get asked, ‘What’s the best place you’ve been to?’ Always a difficult question to answer, I used to say something like, ‘Oh everywhere is different and each has its highlights.’ But more recently, the answer has been Italy. I just can’t get enough of this country. Maybe it’s because I’m dating an Italian, or maybe it’s t...