Leaders at the MaXXI Museum in Rome and Venice’s civic museums are among the high-profile cultural figures calling on the Italian government to create a “national fund for culture” in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The museum chiefs have signed a petition launched by the culture advocacy group Federculture which states that “we have to make It...

AT ABOUT FOUR FEET TALL, this tiny saint looks genuinely relaxed through the glass of her gilt coffin. Her leathery skin has pulled back from her pearly teeth in the approximation of a smile. Santa Rosa (Saint Rose), the patron saint of Viterbo, Italy, died in the 13th century at the age of 18 after a short life of devotion, prayer, charity, politi...

The Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi, near Turin, was designed by Filippo Juvarra and built in 1729; between the 18th and 19th centuries, it was the Savoy’s hunting lodge as well as a palace where the royal family celebrated weddings and held parties. Born as one of the most luxurious and imposing monumental complexes of the 1700s, it was extended...

THESE GORGEOUS HOT SPRINGS ARE a must-see for anyone visiting Tuscany. A wooded path leads you to the secluded pools surrounded by trees. The colors are simply spectacular, and when the weather is nice, you can find Italians and tourists climbing to reach different pools on the hillside. The calcium carbonate deposits in the water not only make for...

THE CITY OF SIRMIONE IS located on a narrow strip of land extending more than two miles into the southernmost part of Lake Garda. At the end of the Middle Ages, during a period growing communes in Italy, Sirmione was governed by the powerful Della Scala family of Verona whose members were known as Scaligeri. During the second half of the 14th centu...

While the coronavirus pandemic has devastated all corners of the world, it has hit Italy particularly hard. On March 31, the country announced it had nearly 106,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 12,428 deaths—the highest in the world. Despite the grim statistics, Italians have managed to keep a bit of la dolce vita through it all. We've seen cou...

A tour guide at the back of the boat was pointing to some of the sites as the craft raced toward Bellagio (the real village not the hotel in Vegas). Italy’s lake region is one of the most picturesque spots in a country already stunning with beauty both designed by nature and by ancient architects. Lake Como’s shore is rich with stories of kings, sa...

THE CATTEDRALE DI PARMA SITS in one of Parma’s main squares. Construction on the massive cathedral began in 1059 at the behest of bishop Cadalo and was consecrated in 1106. With the passing of the centuries, it has been filled with Romanesque sculptures and other masterpieces from the Parma School of Painting. The entrance to the cathedral is guard...

Isolated inside our homes and apartments, our worlds have suddenly shrunk. But a striking project just made public by artists and brothers Parker and Clayton Calvert is a reminder of the expansive beauty of empty cities such as New York, Rome, Florence, and Siena. What is especially notable about their quiet images of some of the world’s most famou...

Certain secrets of the Colosseum are too unsettling to include in the average travel brochure. There are myths that even had its architects afraid. Not everything is dark about this ancient landmark though. It’s got quite the redemption arc that isn’t covered the same way that the gore and bloodshed are. The Colosseum has managed to stay relevant f...