Mercatello sul Metauro is a historic market town on the Metauro River in central Italy’s Le Marche region. Mercatello was founded in 1235 when Pieve d’Ico invited seven noble families, who lived in small castles in the hills, to make their homes in the new town, then named Pieve d’Ico. Each of the seven families built a palazzo, or mansion, around...

Museum dedicated to foster respect for Italy’s diverse religious history Italy is officially a secular state with freedom of religion guaranteed under the 1947 constitution of the Italian Republic. Italy’s status as a secular state was further confirmed on Feb. 19, 1984, when Italy and the Vatican signed a concordat under which Roman Catholicism ce...

Situated an hour south of Rome and two hours north of Naples is an idyllic hill town called Fiuggi. While it feels a bit on the sleepy side, Fiuggi has a rich, centuries-old history as a site for healing and restoration, as it’s home to renowned mineral waters that flow in from the picturesque mountains and streams nearby. It has been said that Mic...

More than 200 experiences, 34 child-friendly facilities, and opportunities from the seaside to the mountains are available to enjoy the region. The Family carnet is still in effect, with discounts and giveaways to amusement parks and other activities at participating venues. Friuli Venezia Giulia is becoming more and more family-friendly: as of thi...

Positioned between the sea and the mountains, Genoa welcomes the visitor with colorful buildings overlooking the port. With its narrow streets that open into monumental squares, the museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many other fun things to do, this city is Italy at its best. So if you ask us is Genoa worth visiting, we’re confident that it...

If there is anything about Venice that natives and tourists agree on, it must be the fact that the city is a labyrinth. As natives, we used to often amuse ourselves, cruelly sending tourists to Sant’Elena, the very far end of the city, convinced that they will reach Punta della Dogana, at the opposite end of Bacino San Marco, where the Pinault Coll...

Fall in love with Bari in seven local moves. Puglia's most representative town is an explosive mix of modernity and ancient traditions. Its historic centre, Bari Vecchia, perfectly sums up la baresità, from the narrow dialect of its signore making orecchiette in the streets to the palaces, churches and courtyards alternating between alleyways, chia...

During the Roman period, Rome controlled most of what is now Italy and you’ll find Roman remains throughout the country, sometimes in unusual places. Often Roman columns and building materials were re-used and incorporated into new buildings too. During summer you can even go to an outdoor concert, opera or performance in ancient Roman sites Rome w...

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...

In December 2019, I, a young and naive 22-year-old, decided to uplift my life, call it quits with my life-long chapter in the United States and move to Rome. I left a future career, friendships, family, language and comfort in a place that would soon become part of the past. My ambitions and a loving support system were slowly pushed to the side th...