The Principality of Seborga claims its independence from the Italian state since 954, when the territory of Seborga was donated by the Count of Ventimiglia to the Benedictine monks. In 1729 the monks ceded the Principality to Vittorio Amedeo II di Savoia. The inhabitants of Seborga, however, have never recognized the validity of this document, thus...

The Protected Marine Area of the Cinque Terre National Park extends along the stretch of coast that comprises such famous places as Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, the five villages collectively known as the Cinque Terre. Beautiful spots are everywhere within this protected area, and not necessarily as sought-afte...

Sandwiched between the sea and the mountains, Genoa was once a powerful maritime republic. Its great expansion began after the year 1000, extending its trading and military power over much of the Mediterranean. In 1528, with Doge Andrea Doria, who belonged to a family of rich merchants and extraordinary seafarers, the Republic of Genoa reached the...

Castles, snow-capped mountains, Roman history and food: a road trip in Aosta Valley, Italy’s smallest region, offers this, plus plenty of fun for the keen driver, who will enjoy the mountain roads with their hairpin bends, climbs and tunnels.  The three-day itinerary we present here starts at Bard Fort, a fortified complex built in the 19th century...

Some of the most sought-after destinations on the Italian Riviera, like Portofino and Cinque Terre, were once quiet fishing villages, a situation hard to imagine now, considering how these alluring havens attracted throngs of visitors in pre-pandemic times. (The Local reports about 2.5 million tourists a year for Cinque Terre.) No doubt they will r...

CINQUE TERRE IS A FAMOUS area of the Italian Riviera along the coast of Liguria. The rugged and mountainous terrain that makes up this coast creates many promontories and inlets. A medieval fortress known as Doria Castle (Castello Doria) stands on top of a rocky ridge near the village of Vernazza. The first nucleus of the fortress was dedicated dur...

The rst cars crossed the sleek steel structure just after 9 pm, nearly two years to the day the Morandi highway gave way during heavy rain, hurling dozens of vehicles into the abyss and killing 43 people. The San Giorgio bridge, designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano, was inaugurated to much fanfare on Monday. But many of the relatives of...

Stuart Cantor’s latest photography series, Portofino Paradiso, captures the old-world glamour of Italy’s chicest seaside retreat as well as its beaches, hotels and neighbouring towns. His sun-dappled images of candy-striped sands, azure pools and colourfully painted houses evoke the charm of the Italian Riviera, which has counted Elizabeth Taylor,...

Picturesque villages, unexpected art treasures, incredible landscapes and gourmet stops: a road trip in Italy offers the best of the country. And because you’re driving, you can savor it at your own pace, stopping wherever you please and where curiosity leads you. This is part one of a multi-part series about road tripping in Italy, as we have many...

Since the dramatic and deadly collapse of the Morandi bridge over the Italian port of Genoa two years ago, builders have worked around the clock, through a judicial investigation and the coronavirus pandemic, so a new bridge could open on time. Designed by a native son of the city, architect Renzo Piano, and built in a record 15 months, the new Gen...