Rome's Ostiense district, south of the city centre, has been included among a list of "10 of the coolest neighbourhoods in Europe" by British newspaper The Guardian. The guide says that Ostiense "has shaken off its industrial past to become a bastion of new restaurants, street art and bars", noting the area's large student population, reasonable re...

Each mountain in the Dolomites is like a piece of art,” said  legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, who was born and trained in these mountains in northern Italy, before going on to become the first man to climb all fourteen peaks over 8,000 meters, including the first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen.  Extending from the River Adige...

One of the Middle Ages’ most mysterious monuments can be found in the bucolic heart of Puglia in southeast Italy. Built on top of a 540-metre hill in the municipality of Andria, Castel del Monte is the legacy of Frederick II, Holy Emperor of Rome, and was completed in 1240. The mystery lies in the castle’s octagonal design, which many experts specu...

It entailed a 50-minute bus trip to Amalfi, a 20-minute wait and then another 30-minute bus trip upwards to a town called Bomerano on the heights that dominate the Amalfi Coast in Italy. From there it’s a bit of guesswork until you reach the sign Via Sentiero degli Dei — Path of the Gods. How could one resist? The track unfolds along ancient trails...

Rome celebrates its 2,773rd birthday on 21 April 2020. Known as Natale di Roma, the annual birthday celebration is based on the legendary founding of Rome by Romulus in 753 BC. Events are usually centred in the Circus Maximus and include gladiator fights and the trench-digging ritual, known as the tracciato del solco, which recalls the founding of...

Testaccio has been a destination for Roman food lovers for thousands of years and its traditional, culinary prowess is still what draws most visitors to the local neighborhood. Set in a curve in the Tiber River across from Trastevere, the Rome neighborhood is just barely far enough outside the historic center to remain under the radar but spending...

An island all the way down off the tip of the boot, Sicily is just far enough removed from the trodden tourist paths (Rome, Florence, Venice) that only regular visitors to Italy -- and those with ample vacation days -- tend to make it there. But that’s part of what makes it so special. When you speak of crowded sites on Sicily, you’re talking hundr...

If you look at the song list on any popular opera tenor album, you’ll notice that along with the standard opera favorites (Una furtiva lagrima, Che gelida manina, E lucevan le stelle) there are often Neapolitan folk songs mixed in, that are obviously not taken from any stage production. Songs like ‘O sole mio, Torna a Surriento, for example.   So w...

Genera ricchezza per un valore quattro volte quello del lusso made in Italy, dà lavoro a più di 3 milioni e mezzo di persone e attiva consumi per 115,1 miliardi, vale a dire più del 7 per cento del Pil totale: il settore turistico ha continuato a registrare ancora per tutto il 2019 un "crescita inarrestabile". La fotografia del settore, e la stessa...

Rome is an amazing destination for those seeking romance, adventure, and history. But although it's popular for attractions like the Colosseum (which was recently closed to tourists due to an open sinkhole nearby!), there's so much more to see in this Italian paradise. Before you hop on your international flight, check out our travel guide to Rome,...