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Want to become Italian? If you have Italian ancestors in your family tree, it might be easier than you realize. Thanks to the rule of jure sanguinis ("the right of blood"), Italy is one of the few countries in the world to offer the possibility of citizenship to many people who can trace their family roots back to an Italian ancestor. There's fine...

In Friuli Venezia Giulia, in Villesse, in the province of Gorizia, there is the Tiare Shopping centre, a huge two-storey structure with more than a hundred shops that houses Italy's first permanent immersive museum, EmotionHall Arena, which opened on 3 February 2021. This type of museum is so special because immersive art is able to transport visit...

The day commenced like any other in the coastal Roman towns that hugged the Bay of Naples. Another hot August morning was underway as townspeople in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other smaller communities began to gather in public places as they ate, bathed, and discussed current events. No one could have ever imagined how violently their lives were ab...

Stazione Tiburtina, Rome. Here I am, ready to discover the new Grand Tour from Rome to Paris launched by Venice Simplon-Orient Express, a homage to the great voyages of the Golden Age of travel. The same carriages where Graham Greene set his Stamboul Train, and Agatha Christie imagined Murder on the Orient Express. I ask myself, ‘What am I going to...

Bergamo became a household name in the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, when the Lombard town and surrounding area were the European epicenter of the first deadly wave. Leaving aside that grim legacy, this lovely city at the foot of the Orobie Alps, 40 km (25 mi) northeast of the regional capital of Milan, has plenty to offer, whether you...

This path, although short, allows you to dive into another dimension, to take a leap in time and retrace the history of the territory of the legendary Vetulonia and the Maremma in general. Vetulonia was in fact an important Etruscan city built on the shores of the now disappeared Lake Prile. At the end of the 19th century the physician Isidoro Falc...

What do you think of when you hear about the summer holidays? Almost certainly the sea, the beach, long days spent with friends, being carefree and, obviously, nightlife: that magical universe where everything is possible. If you're starting to plan what to do in the summer, Italy has plenty to offer for all tastes (not just the young). Some places...

If you’ve ever been to an Italian old-men bar, the one where your granddad would go spend the afternoon with his mates if that’s the type of thing he is into, or if you had the curse – or blessing, depending on which way you look at it – to become acquainted with the habits and quirks of Italy’s spiagge libere (those were everyone can go without pa...

Situated a mere 50 kilometers inland from the buzz of Napoli and the attractions of the Amalfi coast, the Sannio region of Campania remains relatively unknown to Japanese travelers. But this may be changing as the region’s long history of wine production is finally gaining international recognition, and with it a new legion of wine fans. Sannio’s w...

It’s a tiny village set in the green Maremma, perched on a hill from the top of which your sight can stretch at 360° over a landscape that reaches the Argentario on the West side and the Giglio island, Giannutri, Montecristo and even Corsica on bright days then it disappears into the Tyrrhenian Sea while the Gran Sasso is stealing the show from the...

When it comes to looking after her ancestral Palermo palace, Sicilian princess Signoretta Alliata Licata di Baucina has a decidedly hands-on approach. Back in 1996, when her ballroom’s immense 18th-century Venetian chandelier needed touching up,  she and her husband, banker Biagio Licata di Baucina, and their two children dipped each of its 2,500 p...

Livorno is a Tuscan city rich in culture, including neo-baroque and neoclassical masterpieces but also beautiful natural landscapes and beaches with crystal clear water. So let’s find out what to see and what to do in Livorno for a perfect holiday! Livorno is a “young” city, born about 500 years ago by the will of the Medici family full of places t...