Italy – well known for the beauty of its land, architecture, and art; its splendor in design, fashion and cars; its delectable food and wine; and its influence on music, dance, film and literature – is often referred to as il bel paese, the beautiful country. The phrase, although sometimes associated with the works of Dante and Petrarch, is from “I...

A city you wouldn't expect. Bergamo is a constant surprise, a sequence of small and big revelations that speak of art, music and good food. Hermann Hesse considered the place one of the reasons why it is worth travelling.   A destination for true connoisseurs of beauty and savoir vivre, visiting the town is an experience for refined palates. Doing...

TUCKED AWAY IN A NARROW valley, Gandino is a small mountain village that flourished in the 14th century thanks to the textile industry, which remains the main source of income for a good part of the inhabitants. The fame and wealth that the villagers acquired during the Middle Ages have left their mark in the form of palatial buildings and sumptuou...

Shared by three regions – Veneto, Lombardy, and Trentino Alto-Adige – and the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda extends about thirty miles south from the foothills of the Dolomites. Shaped like an inverted ax, the narrow northern section of the lake funnels through sloping mountainsides and cliffside peaks for about twenty miles before collecting i...

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...

It is just after dawn on Italy’s Po river and Rudi, the captain of our hotel barge, La Bella Vita, is running a broom over the sun deck. Autumn’s mellow fruitfulness is working its magic, and were it not for a white heron, tree-hopping from one side of the wooded shoreline to the other, I could be in a still life. As I capture the golden horizon, R...

The market for luxury flats in Milan is booming as bankers, fund managers and private equity investors are flocking to Italy’s financial capital. Thousands of foreigners and Italian nationals have relocated to the country since the government started granting generous tax breaks in 2017 to lure new arrivals. That has helped tilt Milan’s real estate...

Speed skating for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics might be moved to the 2006 Turin Olympic oval or a temporary facility elsewhere after the IOC rejected plans to build an expensive roof over the outdoor track at Baselga di Piné. Costs for the roof were initially slated at $54 million, according to a project announced in November. But there were con...

Seven works and six Italian street artists are competing for the world's most beautiful murals. They are part of the ranking of 100 works collected by the "Street Art Cities" platform in 92 cities in 30 countries to democratically elect by online app vote the best mural work created in 2022. And among the roller- and spray-painted facades of Buenos...

A new high-speed Frecciarossa train service linking Rome and Milan will offer a journey time of two hours and 45 minutes, Italy's state railway company has announced. The direct service, which avoids the central train stations of both cities, will launch on Monday 23 January, Ferrovie dello Stato said in a statement. The train will leave from Roma...