Sea-to-table dining in the Cinque Terre isn’t as straightforward as its seaside location might suggest – sometimes a fish's sea of origin can be questionable. Sadly, some restauranteurs opt for the easy, most cost-effective option: buying frozen seafood from abroad to pawn off as, say, “octopus from our gulf.” Conversely, there are plenty of establ...

Is there any country on earth that wears its history as lightly as Italy? Roman ruins sit cheek by jowl with Renaissance palazzos, while modern skycrapers cast their long shadows over neoclassical cathedrals. But there are many more reasons why this is the fifth most visited country in the world – the rolling landscapes of Tuscany, the sandy beache...

The history of this town, also known as the "city of two seas", is strictly connected with the famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, author of fairy tales such as “the Little Mermaid” or “the Ugly Duckling”, which were part of the childhood of entire generations of children. As local people say, Andersen, during his Grand Tour in Italy, in...

It is sad how many people share “news” links based on the headline, without taking the time to read the article. Many times the article contradicts the headline because it is just clickbait, or as in this case, a reflection of the ignorance of the publisher. This year (2021) we have several headlines circulating the news claiming that “Italians kne...

For Sofia Bertei, the only home she has known until just a few months ago, was in Genoa, Italy. But Sofia wanted to be a foreign exchange student and that meant leaving home in Italy for a year. “I decided to be a foreign exchange student because I’ve always been curious about other cultures and also because I think the experience is going to make...

We love fall travel, when the temperatures are still pleasant enough but the crowds of summer have usually subsided. It is also that time of the year to enjoy beautiful colors as nature transitions into the colder season, and a time when many iconic food products of Italy are harvested and celebrated at local food and wine festivals.  Here are four...

For centuries, Italy was the preferred destination for poetically-minded nobles from across northern Europe. The “grand tour” was an exercise in communing with the ancient Roman world at a time when it was considered the height of culture to contemplate its romantically crumbling relics and vine-clad temples. But these “grand trippers” gave little...

"Where to Go Next" articles come and go, but America's love affair with Italy endures, verified by the sheer number of magazine covers, television series (buongiorno, Stanley Tucci), and Instagram feeds featuring its cities and landmarks. Up-and-comers like Sicily and Puglia are gaining tourist ground, but the classics (think Rome, Florence, Venic...

In 2021 rose to 58 the number of Italian sites that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now the ranking of the 10 most famous and visited has come out, thanks to the analysis of reviews on Google. All categories have been evaluated: cultural sites, natural sites (5) and cultural landscapes (8) that are part of the 58 UNESCO wonders. However...

“A small village, Portofino, stretches crescent-shaped along the edge of this calm bay.” Thus wrote Guy de Maupassant when describing Portofino, tiny sea village on the Italian Riviera circumscribed by the green of the Natural Regional Park and Marine Reserve.  This splendid sea resort with its lux, Mediterranean personality, also boasts an ancient...