At the extreme southern border of Lombardy, where the Po Valley meets the Apennines mountain range, one of the most magical and least known territories of Italy unfolds: the Oltrepò Pavese. The hills of the Oltrepò Pavese are immersed in a beautiful wavy scenery characterized by a mild climate that benefits from winds from the Ligurian Sea, the hil...

In Lombard dialect, the word for tired is stracco, and stracchino is an Italian cheese produced with milk from cows who are tired after a long day of grazing in the mountain pastures. A dairy cow weighs 700 kilos (1,540 pounds) and travels a long journey at a pace of four kilometers (two-and-a-half miles) per hour. During the transhumance process,...

The business capital of Italy offers to tourists an incredible variety of artistic attractions, entertainment, fashion and pure discovery of characteristic districts. Milan lets itself be unveiled slowly, it wants to be courted and understood like a Risorgimental noblewoman. THE ELEGANCE OF MILAN You can look for it in the Alda Merini’s words, the...

Several years ago, food and wine writer Victoria Glass called Franciacorta “Italy’s best-kept sparkling secret.” Due to the wine’s limited availability outside of Italy and higher cost relative to other Italian bubblies (like Prosecco or Asti Spumante), Franciacorta still remains undiscovered by many Americans, even by those who love sparkling wine...

Here's my guide to the perfect 10 day road trip from Milan to Rome, a popular tourist route. It's only a 6 hour drive from Milan to Rome. But this well-traveled route is dense with amazing must see medieval villages, ornate palazzos, Roman ruins, and sublime treasures of the Renaissance. There's plenty of great destinations to explore along the way...

Have you ever heard of the Vertical Forest in Milan? Do you know what it is? If you are not yet aware of this peculiar construction of the Belpaese, then come check it out! Italian Traditions lets you discover the most beautiful building in the world! The Vertical Forest is a building complex formed by two residential towers designed by Stefano Boe...

Unique in the world because of its natural beauty, the Belpaese has been inhabited since time immemorial, and has seen the birth on its territory varied many towns, villages and cities, that over the millennia have grown, evolved and expanded, but always respecting and preserving the original places of meeting and social gathering. Today these anci...

The Italian Bourse is Italy’s stock exchange based in Milan, formerly part of the London Stock Exchange and now part of Euronext, a pan-European stock exchange group. The deal was completed on the 29th of April of this year for a total of €4.3 billion. The exchange consists of various notable Italian listed companies and brands and also provides in...

“Bold looks, eccentric outfits, confident manners: Milanesi are the beating heart of a city whose reputation enchants the world. To us, every passer-by represents the quintessential spirit of Milan. They’re all unique.” So say the anonymous founders of Milanesi a Milano, an Instagram account that has won nearly 80,000 followers over the last eight...

THIS TOWER WAS CONSTRUCTED IN 1281 by the Acerbi family for private purposes then sold to the Bonacolsi family.  In 1328, the Bonacolsi family were defeated by the Gonzaga family who took control of the city. The tower was left to slowly decay. In 1576, Duke Guglielmo Gonzaga decided to use the tower as an open-air jail. He constructed an iron cage...