Italy is dotted with castles from north to south. Perched on top of hills or overlooking the waters of placid lakes, they’re often set in enchanting locations and make for especially romantic destinations. Some have been renovated and converted into fine historic residences, where you can spend a romantic night, transported back to the time when la...

Are you sure you know everything about Carnival in Italy? We will help you with an excursus that goes from the origins, through the typical masks and sweets of the Italian carnival tradition, up to the indication of the most beautiful carnivals in Italy. The origins of Carnival in Italy and beyond are closely linked to religious culture, as they ar...

Let’s get the name straight: it’s pronounced “lay-mar-kay”, but the British call it the Marches. This eastern region has always existed on the sidelines, at one time the borderlands of the great Papal States and neglected today in favour of Tuscany and Umbria, its showier neighbours. Which is all the better for visitors. Hemmed in by mountains an...

We’ve been hearing about how Italy’s famous landmarks have been suffering under the strain of overtourism lately. As well as crowds being a nightmare for residents, it doesn’t exactly make for the most enjoyable travel experience for visitors either. After all, it’s hard to enjoy the view when you’re being poked in the eye by someone’s selfie stick...

The accordion-making industry in Castelfidardo dates all the way back to the 1860s. To this day, the Italian town is still known as the home of the musical instrument, producing about 16,000 of them a year. Carrying on his family’s legacy, Marco Palmieri works alongside his father, Silvano, to handcraft the instruments at Fisman Accordions. Using t...

Once again we’re travelling among the most exclusive places of Pesaro and Urbino province, in Le Marche region. Mondavio is a small town with less than 4000 inhabitants but it really has a lot to offer its visitors. Just think that it’s been included among the most beautiful villages of Italy and awarded the Orange Flag, a certificate for quality e...

As big as a Robin’s egg, mildly tart with a hint of sweetness, and just-perfect chewy only begins to describe an Ascolana olive. Biting into one is a much finer manner of introduction to this enticing little fruit…and I was lucky enough to experience this (over and over again) when recently in Ascoli Piceno.    Olives on the Italian peninsula are n...

Truffle fairs and truffle hunting tours have attracted some 120,000 visitors to Italy this year so far. Truffle hunting season is in full swing in Italy, and famous fairs and festivals dedicated to the unique flavour of the tartufo bianco, or white truffle, are held everywhere from Piedmont to Tuscany this month. Across Italy there are some 115 reg...

A seafood restaurant that started in a beach hut in Le Marche has become the tenth in Italy to win a maximum three Michelin stars. Uliassi, where chef Mauro Uliassi and his family have been serving beachgoers in the resort of Senigallia on Italy's Adriatic Coast for nearly three decades, was awarded its third star on Friday, 18 years after its firs...

Le Marche’s pastoral landscape is bookended by two of its most dramatic features: the rugged Sibylline mountain chain bordering the region to the west and the vast eastern coastline, stretching almost 200 kilometers and lapped by the Adriatic Sea. Most visitors to the region concentrate on one or the other, either exploring the Sibylline Mountain N...