The first, sporadic bunches of grapes have already been harvested in Sicily. However, the first major Italian wine territory, Franciacorta, the land of the Italian classic method sparkling wine, has just begun its 2022 grape harvest. “Franciacorta has kicked off its grape harvest on August 1st. In some areas, for instance, south of Monte Orfano, a...

Milan has launched a smart library, offering printed books as well as audio books, at the city's Porta Venezia subway station. The BiblioExpress service offers more than 400 titles for all ages and tastes, including comics and DVDs, under a loan system linked to Milan's library network. The new automated library, which works similar to a vending ma...

After a very challenging season, a handful of northern Italian olive oil producers struck gold at the 2022 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition. Producers demonstrated their resilience in the face of weather extremes. However, the ungenerous spring and summer led to significantly lower yields in most areas of northern Italy. “It has been a very compl...

The Valcamonica is a narrow, north/south trending valley in the Lombardy Alps, bounded on the south by Lago d'Iseo and cut by the river Oglio all the way to Ponte di Legno. The name Valcamonica comes from the pre-indoeuropean people named Camunni, who were conquered by Rome in 16 BC. The Valcamonica is home to one of the world's richest collections...

Milan is known as the Italian fashion capital and has a faster pace of life than most of Italy but its historic center holds many interesting sights. Its stunning Duomo, or cathedral, is one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals and you can walk on its roof! Milan is also famous for La Scala Opera House and Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The La...

Formed many millennia ago as a result of shifting glaciers, Lake Como – once dubbed ‘the greatest lake’ by Virgil – is the deepest lake in Italy and archeological evidence suggests that the first settlements here date back to prehistoric times. Prior to the region becoming a long-enduring hotspot for well-heeled tourists and celebrities alike (Geor...

It’s time to break up with your old routine and find a new summer love. Here are five regions in Italy that will wine, dine and romance you and have you saying, “sono follemente innamorato” by end of summer. Marche. On central Italy’s far east side the large region of Marche (mar-kay) lies between the Apennine mountain range and the Adriatic sea. T...

Tetiana and her family didn’t have an easy escape from Ukraine after surviving the horrors of their family home of Bucha, a symbol of war atrocities allegedly committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine. Their priority was to find a place where they could eventually feel safe but they didn't seem concerned about the history of the Italian house where...

Springtime in Italy is a beauty to behold with the temperature in the 30s. So were the assembled automobiles on the hallowed grounds of this lakeside piece of paradise, Villa d’Este. An elegant crowd gathered to admire the classic cars on show in the annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an event that has been luring car enthusiasts to Lake Como...

Lake Maggiore is one of the most charming destinations in Europe. For centuries, the region has attracted travelers from all over the world who want to combine sports, culture, art, landscapes, luxury and gastronomy during their holidays. Nestled in the Alps between Italy and Switzerland, Hetmeer is a treasure trove of artistic and natural beauty t...