It is no surprise that Italy is one of the most coveted destinations by tourists and this is related to a variety of factors. We have tourism related to art, history, food, nature and religion.  Afterall, it is hard to deny that the strong presence of the Holy See in Italy is the reason behind the long pilgrimages toward sanctuaries and churches th...

In the beautiful Padua, near the famous Prato della Valle, stands a green oasis founded back in 1545, making it the oldest botanical garden in the world: the Botanical Garden of Padua. In 1997 it became one of the heritage sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, being considered the origin of all botanical gardens in the world and the cra...

Unknown among these known, the Excavations of Oplontis in Torre Annunziata (Naples), included in the fantastic complex of the more famous Pompeii and Herculaneum, admitted in the UNESCO list in 1997. The ancient Oplontis often goes unnoticed by the ruins visitors and tourists. It rises into the city centre of Torre Annunziata. In the past, it was a...

Have you ever heard about the city of Padua? It is located in the Veneto region, in Northern Italy. Veneto is famous for being the region of Venice and also for the production of amazing Italian white wine. Padua is a beautiful city, that is absolutely worth a visit. One of the things that visitors should not miss is the botanical garden. Padua bot...

A complex of eight historic clusters of buildings in the northern Italian walled city of Padua was added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) list of World Heritage sites on Saturday. The decision was made during the UNESCO World Heritage Committee's 44th session held online and chaired from Fuzhou, China...

Bologna, Padua, and Rome's La Sapienza universities topped the rankings of major state-run Italian universities published by the CENSIS think tank on Monday. Bologna came top again with a score of 91.8 points, followed again by Padua with 88.7. La Sapienza rose from fourth last year to third this year with a score of 85.5 while Florence University...

The University of Padua has elected Daniela Mapelli as its new rector, the first woman to hold the top post at the institution since it was founded in 1222. Mapelli, a professor of psychology, begins her six-year term on 1 October, just in time for the university's 800th anniversary next year. A native of Lecco in northern Italy, the 55-year-old Ma...

Growing up in an Italian household, I heard the phrase “St. Anthony will help you find it!” so many times that the words were ingrained in me pretty much from birth! It didn’t matter what the “it” was, whether it was an object of little monetary value or an item more sentimental, my mother always had utmost trust and belief that if we prayed to the...

The piazza is as Italian as it gets: not as an architectural or urban feature, but rather from a cultural and social point of view. In small villages, it’s where people meet, discuss and buy food, when it’s market day. In cities, the piazza is the equivalent of a grand palace’s living room, the place where you show the best your home has inside.  W...

The square is the heart of every Italian city. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, many are created following very original projects. But some squares hide secrets in their own structure and their own name. Their form is shaped directly on the oldest buildings or on the pre-existing spaces, still preserved below. We literally walk over history,...