The Herrin High School French Travel Club is working on a plan to allow for group visits with its sister city in Italy - Cuggiono. "I've been lucky enough to visit Cuggiono several times since 2003," said Herrin foreign languages instructor Michaelann Stanley. "Each time we have gone, we have taken a group of adults and students to exchange ideas a...

In northern Italy, in the Brescia Province of Lombardy, lies a fountain of youth. The fresh winds blowing in off the Alps have something to do with it; the lake, too, the way it stretches down from the mountains like a shimmering green tail. Polished mahogany speedboats glint across the surface, skimming past bathers cooling off along the shore—a s...

According to Save the Duck, New Yorkers are down for some down-alternatives. The three-generations strong Milan-based sustainable parka-centric brand has opened its first flagship store in the bustling downtown retail mecca.To celebrate, director and general manager, USA for Save the Duck, Loris Spadaccini, was on hand at the new 1500-square-foot l...

It's a place of terraced lemon groves, a paradoxically warm mountain breeze, and a powerful fat-killing gene carried by a few lucky residents. Limone sul Garda, a picturesque fishing village set on the shores of Lake Garda in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is an unusual destination of barely 1,000 residents. It is the most northern spot in the e...

Bergamo and Brescia in northern Italy abound in cultural riches, but have long been in the shadow of their neighbors to the east, Venice, and west, Milan. But that may be about to change—the two cities have been designated Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2023, which is all the more reason to plan a visit to them next year. Italy selects a culture ca...

“The World’s 50 Best Bars” ranking was recently announced for 2022 and Italy, lauded land of the aperitivo hour, has four spots that made the cut. An annual ranking of the planet’s top pouring establishments, The World’s 50 Best Bars is voted on by a group of 650 well-traveled drink experts and owned by William Reed Ltd, a multimedia company in the...

It barely needs to be said that Italy has long been a favored vacation destination for tourism; and especially for the rich, famous and the extremely famous. For centuries people have been attracted by its stunning coastline, its culture, its chic fashion sense, its gorgeous vineyards and its stellar mountain regions. Italy has always impressed the...

Oscar-winning Italian actress Sophia Loren on Monday opened a new restaurant in the centre of Milan, near Piazza Duomo on Via Cesare Cantù. The Hollywood legend, 88, was greeted by fans as she walked the red carpet into the restaurant, accompanied by Italian entrepreneur Luciano Cimmino, who has invested in the venture.

Lake Garda, also known as Benaco, is Italy's largest lake. It touches 3 regions: Lombardy (west coast), Veneto (east coast) and Trentino (north coast). To the south, it is surrounded by moraine hills. The northern part is ringed by Mount Baldo, which protects it from cold currents, making its climate mild, Mediterranean-type. Its clear waters, mild...

There’s something rather magical about owning a piece of furniture with many past lives, wondering about the stories of its previous owners. Desks in particular carry a special curiosity, I find, and inspiration can often be found writing at an antique desk and imagining the letters crafted there in days gone by.  Hunting for antiques is a perfect...