Rome is the first destination that comes to mind when we think of Italy because it is one of the most famous cities in the world, along with Paris and London. Hidden gems are the lesser-known routes in Italy, including the secret small towns, beautiful villages, and islands that are yet to be discovered by tourists that explore the country every ye...

We have heard about the NASA studies that are trying to grow vegetables in space. But some have thought about starting by going underwater. Nemo's Garden is an innovative project based in Noli, Liguria, where some 600 crops from around the world, from tobacco to tangerines, have been grown. This strange underwater garden is the brainchild of Sergi...

It’s been 12 years since chef Tim McDiarmid began taking regular trips to Italy, but she says there’s something new to experience each time she returns. “It’s one of the prettiest places in the world,” says McDiarmid, known as Tim the Girl. San Antonians (and others) can join her this year during a women’s-only trip to Cinque Terre, June 24 through...

If you've had a warm slice of Italian flatbread, also known as focaccia, then you know that this bread's magic lies in its incredible flavor and unmistakable fluffy texture. And unlike other flatbreads that are circular, focaccia has a unique shape, since it's baked in a rectangular sheet pan. Its look is distinctive too, because the dough is marke...

Whether it's because of its tantalising flavour profile or the excellent balance of textures, Italian food has become a global favourite. Apart from the well-known dishes that the cuisine has to offer, there is also much more to explore in this cuisine. One such element of Italian cuisine is the wonderful sauces that it has to offer. Arrabbiata and...

Pandolce Genovese translates literally to “sweet bread”, one of the biggest icons of the Genoan cuisine and tradition. It used to be served on the days of Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Epiphany. Nowadays you can taste Pandolce Genovese all year round, as it is regularly produced all over the country. The traditional recipe for Pandolce Genovese co...

Ligurian food and wine are unique: They derive from a spectacular region’s unique geography, history, culture, and traditions. This post describes the region of Liguria, Italy, its cuisine, and lists a sampling of popular Ligurian foods, dishes and wines. If this post whets your appetite and you can’t wait until your next trip to Italy, several lin...

A historical reckoning is underway in the U.S. and Italy as governmental and cultural leaders work to reset prevailing narratives that, for decades, have maligned Columbus’ legacy and the monuments that pay homage to him. In Italy, Genoa’s Mayor Marco Bucci passed a resolution establishing a center for Colombian studies that will be housed in the h...

Un ponte di musica. Itinerari dell’Opera italiana in America is a beautiful book edited by Claudio Orazi, now Superintendent of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa after having led some of Italy's most important opera houses: the Sferisterio in Macerata, the Arena in Verona, the Teatro Verdi in Trieste and the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari. The book is in...

The biggest bay, called “Baia delle Favole” (Fairy-Tale Bay) was named by the TV presenter Enzo Tortora during an episode of Campanile Sera, broadcast in the 1950s from Sestri Levante. The other bay, the smaller one, was called “Baia del Silenzio” (Silent Bay) for the first time in 1919 by the Ligurian poet Giovanni Descalzo who lived in Sestri Lev...