Stretched over two chairs atop the skinny passenger deck of a 10-car ferry as it shuttles across Lake Como, I look south into the haze of Italy. I'm savoring the best of my favorite country with none of the chaos and intensity that are generally part of the Italian experience. Looking north, into a crisp alpine breeze, I see snowcapped Alps. I'm ju...

It’s called Balcone d’Italia (Balcony of Italy) and it’s considered one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Italy. This spectacular lookout is located on top of Monte Sighignola in the Lugano Prealps, right on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Despite its relatively modest height - 1320 meters - it offers an incomparable view.  The natural...

Lake Como is one of Italy’s biggest and most beautiful lakes. In warmer months, it buzzes with aquatic activities and 'dolce vita' flair. A combination of stunning scenery and chic style are a magnet for Hollywood celebrities, including George Clooney, who can be spotted zipping around in his Riva boat, as sleek and speedy as a Ferrari. It’s not ju...

The stunning turquoise waters of Lake Como are as dazzling as the stars who flock there to escape the limelight. What better way to enjoy the mountains that sweep down to this lake than in the comfort and style of a film star while exploring the region.  Holidaying in Lake Como has been popular for the wealthy and famous since Roman Times, more rec...

The most famous Christmas markets in Italy are those located in the northern region of Trentino-Alto Adige. They are usually the ones that get the most visitors, but why not go off the beaten track this year and discover other quaint markets from north to south? Here’s a selection of some great ones. Most of them are already under way and will cont...

In House of Gucci, family patriarch Aldo Gucci resides in a grand palazzo complete with lush gardens, Baroque-era frescos, and ornate gilded interiors. It is, remarkably, not a movie set. In fact, some viewers may recognize its real-life identity almost instantly: Villa Balbiano is one of the most iconic homes on Lake Como. And now, it’s available...

UNESCO has designated 49 new Creative Cities, including Como, in the Crafts and Folk Art sector, and Modena, in the Media Arts sector. The Board of Directors of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO had approved the candidatures of Modena and Como in June. This year the call for bids foresaw that countries could support only two nominations, i...

The month of November can be an ideal time of the year for a holiday in Italy. The low season makes every destination lower cost than usual, as well as providing the advantage of being able to better enjoy the artistic and natural beauty of the Peninsula in a quieter and less congested by great tourism. Here are some recommended destinations for an...

From its earliest beginnings, the towns surrounding Lake Como have served as a pleasurable refuge for the rich. It is not unheard of to hear about rare sightings of A-list actors and billionaire heiresses on holiday casually lingering among other travelers and locals. It has become a name frequented in magazines with snapshots of the ultra-wealthy...

Italy is famous for a wide range of things - great artists, the Roman empire, and this year as the winners of Eurovision and the Euros. However, the country is perhaps famed for boasting one of the most stunning villages in Europe, and it's not hard to see why. Lenno in Lake Como is arguably the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, or a quic...