You can search the entire Mediterranean coastline for the best rustic village, surrounded by vineyards and steeped in tradition, and not find a more rewarding escape than tiny Vernazza, my favourite of the five villages that make up Italy’s Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre is a stretch of Italy’s Riviera tucked into the mountainous shoreline between...

There are several ‘lucky’ spots in Italy where, according to popular belief, if you visit them or perform a simple ritual, often passed down through the centuries, you will get lucky. Some lucky spots you may have heard of include Juliet’s House in Verona, the statue of the bull in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, the statue of the Porcellin...

This month, the Italian Food, Wine and Travel writers are exploring a new-to-me, and lesser known region of Italy – Oltrepò Pavese. Susannah Gold, founder of Vigneto Communications is hosting this month. She is a Brand Ambassador for the Oltrepò here in the U.S., and graciously arranged samples for our group. Oltrepò Pavese, which is sometime refer...

Mahmood & Blanco have won Sanremo 2022 with the song “Brividi”. Tonight, the 72nd Sanremo Festival concluded in Italy with all 25 competing artists taking to the Ariston stage for the final time. The televote determined the ranking of all 25 performances, and this was added to the ranking formulated from results of the past 4 nights of the competit...

In the Mediterranean heart of Liguria, this is the sunny northern Riviera. Filled with charming small towns and beaches. Let’s see one of the most amazing places on the Italian riviera, Portovenere, Italy. The Italian Riviera that stretches between Portovenere and Cinque Terre is a beautiful landscape. It is known worldwide for its cultural and nat...

Those who love both the sea and the mountains cannot miss Framura, a Ligurian village of about 700 souls. Framura is one of the Borghi più Belli d'Italia, a prestigious list including some of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and a true paradise for those who love hiking in nature and water sports. The origins of Framura This colourful, slightl...

Ascoli Piceno, Chioggia (VE), Grosseto, Mesagne (BR), Pesaro, Sestri Levante with the Tigullio (GE), Siracusa, Union of Municipalities Paestum-Alto Cilento (SA), Viareggio (LU), Vicenza. These are the 10 finalist cities for the title of Capital of Culture 2024, announced today by the Ministry of Culture. The selected cities, informed by the Ministe...

Italy's most popular song contest returns to its usual venue at the Teatro Ariston in Sanremo, a seaside town on the northwest Ligurian coast, with 25 artists battling it out over five nights from 1-5 February 2022. The event, whose official title is the Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo, has been held every year since 1951, making it the...

Chocolates has always been a very popular food, appreciated by Italians: it can be found in different forms, from the simple bar to hot chocolate to spreads and it is a versatile and tasty ingredient. There are some very well-known companies, a reference point for all the cocoa lovers, which produce the best Italian chocolate. Let’s find out togeth...

Ciao Europa, this is Sanremo calling! RAI, the Italian national broadcaster, has unveiled the iconic 2022 Sanremo stage. Italy is gearing up in true style for the iconic 2022 Sanremo Song Festival. The Italian national broadcaster has revealed the grandiose stage for the forthcoming music event. The 2022 Sanremo stage has been designed by Gaetano a...