Everyone seems to love traveling in Italy. It’s a land of wonderful food and wine, centuries of history and art, and, of course, that wonderful dolce vita. But while traveling in Italy most of us stick only to the usual suspects – Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Bologna, etc. All are well worth visiting, of course. But there are many othe...

I am in Italy, but not as we know it. “Accommodatevi,” says the barman at Caffe San Marco – do sit down. But he’s not saying it to ding me with a table surcharge, as usually happens in Italy; he’s saying it because here in Trieste, that’s simply what you do. Italians take their coffee fast, standing at the bar; Triestini sit down with it, stretch i...

The city of Trieste,as well as most other major Italian cities, has excellent public transportation. They have frequent bus service to various parts of town as well as to nearby communities. There is also inexpensive train service that can take you to other cities in Italy and throughout Europe. (A ticket from Trieste to Venice cost 17 euros—about...

I spent last winter in Trieste, Italy–the city where I lived for part of my childhood and where I attended grade school. Trieste is located on the Adriatic Sea, a little over 100 miles east of Venice, on the border with Slovenia. It has a population of approximately 240,000 inhabitants in the city proper and a total of 410,000, including the metrop...

Its climate, with the dry Bora wind that blows over the karst plateau and towards the gulf; its history, shaped by Habsburg domination; and its geographic position, almost part of the Balkans; render the fascinating city of Trieste one of the most particular art cities in Italy, and of a notably mitteleurope character. Located in Italy’s extreme no...

It may be hard to believe, but there are still fantastic, beautiful places in Italy that aren’t overrun with travelers. Some of them, in fact, aren’t far from popular tourist areas, which make them an excellent add-on to a trip.  One example is the province of Friuli Venezia Giulia, northeast of Venice. It has beautiful scenery, fascinating histori...

As migrant children were recently being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, Lidia Bastianich’s own refugee story has an eerily familiar ring. The accomplished Italian chef and restaurateur takes a break from award-winning cookbooks to unpack her own immigrant story in the just-released “My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family,...

Woodpecker Disco – Cervia, Emilia-Romagna: Woodpecker disco is a domed nightclub nestled in a pine forest near Cervia, in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. The structure was designed by architect Filippo Monti and began operating as a club in the late 1960s. It was considered one of the most popular clubs of the Adriatic Riviera until...

Fincantieri has launched Fincantieri Services USA, which will be a national hub for all services and after sales activities on the group's cruise ships and forms part of its US business development strategy, the Italian shipbuilding giant said on Friday. Fincantieri Services USA "will become a reference point for American shipowners in the US servi...

“You’re going to walk out of here crooked,” says my friend Michelle—not an outlandish statement, except it’s 10:30 in the morning. We’re the only sober people at Gruden Stanislav, a sparsely decorated, wood-beamed osmiza (or tavern) on the hilly and—as I would find out—oddly unique northeastern fringe of Italy. A fire crackles in the stone fireplac...