Robby Pepper can answer questions in Italian, English and German. Billed as Italy’s first robot concierge, the humanoid will be deployed all season at a hotel on the popular Lake Garda to help relieve the desk staff of simple, repetitive questions. During one of Robby’s first shifts, Mihail Slanina, a guest from Moldova, congratulated the robot on...

Tourists in Italy spent €39.6 billion in 2017 an increase of 6.5% – more than 50% higher than the world average growth of 4.3%, according to major new research released today by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Overall, the total contribution of Travel & Tourism to the Italian economy was €223.2 billion in 2017, once all the direct, indir...

Look, we would never complain about a trip to Roma or Firenze. But when there’s nary a single nook or cranny of the entire country that’s not absolutely stunning, we figured it would be worth it to venture beyond our familiar Italian horizons (yep, even beyond Cinque Terre and Positano). So here are some of Italy’s lesser known towns and tiny hamle...

A project titled "Sardinia Tourism Call 2 Action" aims to generate new reasons to visit the island of Sardinia, along with defining new products for tourism and strengthening the competitiveness of already existing ones in a way that promotes year-round island tourism. The initiative, which is supported by the Regional Tourism Department and organi...

Folks worldwide flock to this Renaissance city with more motives than one, but its oh-so famous, lip-smacking gelato is reason alone to visit. Unbeknownst to many, the tasty treat is said to boast Florentine roots in the city’s court, linking your modern-day indulgence with Florence’s glorious history. Records of frozen desserts akin to today’s gel...

Living on an island presents a number of challenges. The first priorities are food, shelter and a reliable source of drinking water. The earliest settlers of the Venetian saltwater lagoon, however,  only had two out of three as freshwater was in short supply. Their solution was ingenious. And it would give the city with freshwater for over 1300 yea...

Considerato uno dei più affascinanti nonché impegnativi trekking d’Italia e del mondo, il Selvaggio Blu si sviluppa per oltre 50 km lungo l’inaccessibile costa Est della Sardegna, nel golfo di Orosei. Si tratta di un trekking particolarmente impegnativo, ma che ripaga lo sforzo conscorci e panorami mozzafiato. Lungo il percorso da Pedra Longa a Cal...

Rome's Farnese Gardens, or Horti Farnesiani, on the Palatine hill have reopened to the public for the first time in more than 30 years following a major restoration begun in 2013. Overlooking the Basilica of Maxensius and the Arch of Titus, the restored Renaissance gardens can be visited until 28 October as part of an exhibition-tour entitled The P...

It might surprise you to learn that Italy has a number of pink flamingo populations for several months each year. Starting from late winter and early spring, the birds migrate to Italian waters – where you can admire them in the wild. Now that the first flocks of 2018 are already enjoying the spring, here's where to head for the best views of Italy...

Umbria seems like a study in contrasts. It’s wedged between Rome and Tuscany, so plenty of travelers pass through it, yet it manages to not feel overly touristy. It has divinely decorated cathedrals, as well as vast tracts of woods—including an enchanted forest that locals say is inhabited by fairies (a sign asks you to seek the woodland creatures’...