It can be hard to stay afloat of Italy's wave of bans on visitor-related misbehaviour. From snacking on the street in Florence to riding a bike in Venice's city centre, there are specific everyday activities that could see you slapped with a fine of up to €500 ($550) or Daspo (temporary ban). Italian authorities have introduced a slew of new rules...

While Italy has many renowned pasticcerias, some of the country’s most extraordinary and intriguing pastry shops, including some dating to the 18th century, are found in Genoa. Today you can have a delicious walk through the city, savoring its sweet culinary history, as you visit these spots (designated botteghe storiche), located in or close to th...

Liguria is one of the wine regions I don’t write about too often on here just due to the opportunity of not trying wines from there too often. Earlier this summer I attended some tastings and tried a variety of unique grapes from Liguria. The grapes included pollera nera, cruvin, rossese di dolceacqua and good old vermentino and sangiovese. Let’s d...

The history of the Italian emigrants who left for America is often a history of difficulties, suffering and accidents. Often these accidents occurred in shameful and almost impossible work situations, which were the only ones left for the latest arrivals, the Italians willing to do anything to survive and allow their children to have a better educa...

The beautiful Ligurian coast that stretches between Portovenere and Cinque Terre is a beautiful landscape that is known for its cultural and its natural value. The disposition of the small towns and villages, the layout and the history of the settlements in this region are highly important and are the reason why it has been added in the list of wor...

The Madonna Bianca festival in Portovenere, Italy happens every year on Aug. 17, and it’s an evening of beauty, light, and music in honor of the village’s patron saint. But what exactly is this ceremony, and why has it endured for hundreds of years? The answer lies deep in Italian culture and Roman Catholic faith. The story of Madonna Bianca begins...

Tourism in Italy is a growing industry. The country was a holiday destination for 420 million visitors in 2017, smashing records by 4.4 per cent compared to the previous year. According to Istat figures, this is 5.3 per cent above the European average.  Rome remains the most popular destination, attracting almost 27 million of these visitors, or 6....

With its approximately 4,660 mi of coastline, Italy is the ideal place for sea lovers. The wide variety of its beaches makes it perfect for every type of vacationer in search of nature, fun, and rest and relaxation. The Italian coast, with its countless gulfs, coves and inlets, touristic ports and long, sandy beaches, is truly adapted to the water...

Thanks to its thousands of kilometers of coastline, Italy offers an astounding array of beaches, ranging from rocky Riviera coves to sandy stretches of seaside. Here's a sampling of beaches both on the mainland and on satellite islands, ranging from lesser-known hideaways to jet-set pit stops that have one thing in common—dramatically beautiful set...

First-time travelers to Italy may be surprised to find such a culinary diversity from region to region. Unlike your typical Italian restaurant in the States, Italian food has much more variety than spaghetti and meatballs or eggplant parmesan. Even though you can find Italian specialties like pizza and tortellini all over Italy, it is well worth sa...