The ancient and far-reaching history of Europe is often veiled in mists of mystery. Enigmatic peoples , diverse cultures , and strange legends are all left in the past, with not a lot left behind them to assemble a proper tale. And one of these enigmatic cultures belongs to the ancient Etruscans. Once opulent and sprawling, the Etruscan civilizatio...

As your plane begins its descent towards Rome, off to the north you will often see a blue teardrop nestling in the hills of northern Lazio, with two tiny islands close to its southern shore. This is Lake Bolsena, Europe’s largest volcanic lake – only an hour from the capital. For those familiar with the lakes of northern Italy, Bolsena will be some...

Bomarzo is a town just over 42 miles northwest of Rome in the province of Viterbo that holds a surprise for the visitor willing to go against the grain of the average tourist. About 400 feet below the historic town center is a place here where creatures are gigantic, where mouths of monsters can swallow you alive, where a tilted house leans so far...

In the late 19th century, a banker named Edoardo Cahen purchased the castle of Torre Alfina and the surrounding forests. It’s rumored that his family obtained titles (marquis) and royal support for having supported King Victor Emmanuel II during the key period of the Italian Risorgimento. Cahen spent significant sums on restructuring the castle, wh...

The procession of the Macchina di Santa Rosa returns to the Italian city of Viterbo for the fourth time. It's a unique event shows brings together an ornately decorated, well-lit tower that's topped with the patron saint of the city and is then carried all over town by a hundred men called "facchini," along a difficult path of more than one kilomet...

Sindaco di Springfield, Domenic J. Sarno ha ricevuto nei giorni scorsi Nicola De Santis, Console generale d’Italia a Boston, con cui ha discusso su come rafforzare i rapporti tra la città Usa e Viterbo. “Vista la crescita di 3.3 miliardi di dollari dello sviluppo economico di Springfield – ha detto il sindaco Sarno – il console generale De Santis e...

Ha portato alla luce tutto lo splendore di un corredo funebre intatto il microscavo della Tomba dello scarabeo d'oro appena terminato, a Montalto di Castro (Viterbo) nei laboratori della Fondazione Vulci.   Una collana in ambra, fenicia, due scarabei (uno dei quali, appunto, d'oro) egizi, fibule e vasellame di rara fattura: sono i 'tesori' e...

Next September 3rd, according to a centuries-old annual tradition, the Machine of Saint Rose (or "Macchina di Santa Rosa") will parade down the streets of Viterbo. The 30-meter-tall "tower of light" weighs five tons, and will brighten the evening of the beautiful city in Lazio.   The event is a symbolic reenactment of the transfer of the mor...

Il miglior olio d'oliva del mondo è roba nostra, della Tuscia. Lo ha detto il più prestigioso concorso del mondo, cioè il New York international olive oil competition (Nyiooc), che si svolge ogni anno in aprile nella Grande mela.   E che stavolta ha assegnato all'azienda agricola Sergio Delle Monache, di Vetralla, e al suo olio Tamìa gold bi...

Rome has a lot to offer, but if you're looking for variety or simply want a break away from the city, there's a treasure trove of towns within easy reach.   Whether it's for an afternoon trip or a long weekend, Lazio and its neighbouring regions – Umbria, Toscana and Campania – offer an abundance of places that are rich in beauty, character...