There’s a reason Rome and Venice are on just about every traveler to Italy’s bucket list. These cities are special and we love both of them for different reasons. If you’ve never been to Italy before, one or both should definitely have a place on your itinerary. But if you’ve been there and done that, Italy has a lot more to offer than La Città Ete...

Often referred to as the green heart of Italy, Umbria is a treasure trove of exploration. You couldn’t possibly ignore Umbria’s fertile landscape, olive groves or seducing vineyards. But it’s also easy to get swept up by the tourist traps. Once you’re taken in, it’s harder to discover the authentic finds in the region. We’ve been there before, so t...

Puglia, the region taking the travel industry by storm – and rightly so. If you’re not sure what to expect from this beguiling region, let us lend a helping hand. At the heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia is a visionary delight. ‘Baroque’ architecture in abundance, rural villages that stand still and pretty beaches. Puglia’s boom in popularity also has a...

Foreign tourism in Italy is heading toward a new record this year, with annual spending by foreigners approaching €40 billion, a report from the Bank of Italy shows. The study will be presented today in Venice during the annual conference organised with the Ciset research center of the Cà Foscari University. Between 2013 and 2015, the total moved f...

According to Greek historian Strabo of Amasia, the Mausoleum of Augustus, built by the Emperor to house his ashes and the ashes of his family, was one of the most remarkable buildings in Imperial Rome, constructed sometime before 23 B.C. But these days it’s a dilapidated ruin in the middle of the city, disappointing any tourists who hope to take pe...

Hoping to visit some of the lesser-explored corners of Italy, swapping the crowded city piazzas for idyllic scenery in tiny villages? The newly crowned 20 most beautiful Italian villages - that's one for each region - are a great place to start. The shortlist has been drawn up by the 'Borghi più belli d'Italia' organization, which every year select...

Bound on three sides by water, Italy is a beach lover’s paradiso.   But -- come summer -- Italians skip the tourist meccas of the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre.  When Italians crave the beach, they head to Cilento or to Puglia instead. Sapphire seas, minus the tourists, typify these Southern Italian regions. Just two hours from Positano, Cilento is...

Sardinia was awarded the "Best Beach destination Europe" prize on the occasion of the 24th edition of the International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT) in Moscow. MITT, the most important tourist fair in Eastern Europe and one of the five largest fairs on the continent, showcased the Region Sardinia and its traditional stand "Sardegna Endless...

Wedged between Florence and Rome, Tuscany offers the quintessential Italian experience: sun-soaked hill towns, green and rolling screen saver hills, romantically fortified farms and cypress trees marching single file up lonely ridges. We go to Italy to experience the finesse of Florence, the splish-splash of Venice and the grandeur of Rome, but it’...

The 17-square-mile volcanic island of Ischia, a 90-minute ferry ride from Naples on Italy’s west coast, was a different world 60 years ago for Elena, the narrator of Elena Ferrante’s popular four-book series detailing the lifelong friendship of two women. Ischia, known for its thermal spas, beaches and rustic cuisine, received its first dose of gla...