Along with joyful anticipation, when packing for a trip to Italy, panic may ensue. Here are Ten Tips to bring back the fun. 1. Pack light. Dragging a heavy suitcase through an airport or up train steps drags down your trip. Choose versatile clothes within a color scheme to easily mix and match, stick to travel size toiletries, and load books, guide...

As the pandemic ground the usual glitz and glamour of the fashion industry to a halt, even designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana got tired of looking at the same old furnishings in their homes. Pivoting their attention to decor, the duo produced what must be some of the boldest and most cheerful home objects ever created. Unveiled at their A...

Every autumn as the Tuscan sun slowly dims, the wine harvest begins, and the fruits of the lands are plucked, stored and transformed, albeit slowly, into the future elixirs. There’s no better time to visit and to do so properly requires a experience-perfect in the clountryside to set the theme. Herewith the best Tuscan wine experiences for wine sea...

Before she moved to Italy’s Val di Non, Silvia Tadiello didn't even know that Groppello di Revò existed. However, this obscure - to most - red wine produced in Val di Non, a mountain valley located in north-western Trentino, soon conquered her taste buds - and her heart.  “I started investigating this little-known indigenous vine and discovered bea...

More than 450 years ago, Andrea Amati invented the modern violin in the Italian city of Cremona. For centuries, this has been the world’s hub of violin makers. Known as luthiers, these artisans are now helping drive a recovery in Cremona, which last year was decimated by Italy’s COVID-19 outbreak. As the pandemic quieted Italy last year, sweet melo...

Italian aperitivo and digestivo are distinct categories of spirits, with fairly specific uses and characteristics, from colors and flavors to alcoholic strength. Bear in mind that language is slippery and there can be drinks that are considered aperitivi and digestive that don’t necessarily fall into either category. For instance, a Pilsner can ser...

The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster is one of the most iconic sports cars, gifted with all that's in and out. As a more nippy-looking version of the 8C Coupe, the Spider model rolled in 2008 and pulled off handling around five hundred customers in two years. Though the 8C Competizione (with Coupe and spider variants) was around for only three years,...

Delicious, captivating, and shining with integrity. Soft to the touch, delightful on the palate. Buffalo mozzarella, either round or weaved into a treccia (braid), has a gorgeous luster, a strong lactic and musky aroma, a soft but elastic consistency, and a range of aromas and flavors that reveal the buffaloes' summer or winter diet.  In 1981, the...

At first glance, the foods of Trentino-Alto Adige aren't usually recognizable to outsiders – some of the names don't even sound stereotypically Italian. The northeast region, home to the majestic Dolomites, borders Austria and here, German is the mother tongue – but these foods and recipes are just as Italian as Parmigiano-Reggiano. Speck is the be...

The classic wines of Emilia-Romagna are like its inhabitants: bubbly and full of panache. Sparkling wine production is strong, especially those from Piacentino made with the white Ortrugo and Malvasia grapes and the red Gutturnio. The Modenese sparklers, made with Lambrusco, are experiencing a period of success, thanks to the versions of the Sorbar...