Dear Friends of Italian Innovators, I begin the 5th season of the show with a new episode dedicated to the Neapolitan entrepreneur Nicola Romeo, who gave his name and vision to the car company Alfa Romeo and spearheaded the project of bringing car manufacturing to the South of Italy (an idea that would find expression only after his death, in the p...

Anna King Shahab and family find peace and perfect pasta in some of the Amalfi Coast's less touristy areas A 50km stretch of villages wedged between sea and mountain, connected by a perilous zig-zag of roads better designed for Vespas than the burden of buses that prevail today – Italy's Amalfi Coast is a tourist hotspot. The time we spent there wa...

To draw up a list of only 10 dishes to try in Campania is not easy, but those who love good food will never be disappointed, here. Not just pizza and babà, then. This region, with its long rocky coast and the mountains of the hinterland, with an infinite list of typical recipes and Km 0 ingredients, offers a truly unique variety of flavors. Almost...

September is a perfect month to go on holiday in Italy. Temperatures are still mild but more pleasant than in July and August. The beaches and art cities empty out, without the large crowds of tourists. Prices for flights and accommodation are much lower than in the other summer months.  But where to go in Italy in September? The temperatures are s...

If you drove along Italy’s Amalfi Coast from the city of Sorrento to the city of Salerno, it would take at least a couple of hours, one-way, with no traffic. During that drive, you’d pass the iconic Amalfi Coast towns of Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and others. But which Amalfi Coast town should you choose as a base? Take our advice below to choose t...

Everyone knows Italy has mastered the art of "il dolce far niente" — and for travelers craving a taste of "the sweetness of doing nothing," there's no better place on earth than an Italian resort. Taking the time to enjoy small, idle moments feels much richer surrounded by Tuscan vineyards or the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea. Add plenty of pasta and wi...

As the Italian wine industry is largely defined by indigenous varietals, the country’s most important wines are all about distinctiveness. Brunello di Montalcino from Tuscany is 100% Sangiovese, Barolo and Barbaresco are produced exclusively from Nebbiolo in Piedmont, while Soave, the famed Venetian white, is crafted primarily from Garganega.  Thes...

The reptile in the Maschio Angioino in Naples is no legend. A recent study has made it possible to analyze the DNA, and it has been determined when the animal lived and how it got here. Many stories hover about the crocodile's existence and what it was really doing in the castle. One of them, perhaps the most famous, tells that the Aragonese king F...

The stunning Amalfi coastline might be one of Italy’s most recognized landscapes. A spectacularly clear sea laps at the shore of one picturesque town after the other, each a tumble of pastel buildings and majolica tiled church domes arranged like puzzle pieces between steep mountainsides and pebbly beaches. But perhaps most iconic of all are the su...

Have you ever wanted all the benefits of going to a bar without having to talk to the actual human being serving your drinks? You're in luck, because Italian scientists at the University of Naples Federico II have developed a machine that can do just that. Using machine-learning algorithms, BRILLO (Bartending Robot for Interactive Long-Lasting Oper...