“Taormina, earthly paradise on a babbling sea” , as the famous writer Čapek defined it and he was not wrong: the enchanting beaches, the enormous historical, artistic and cultural heritage make this place one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sicily. So, here’s what to vsit for a perfect holiday in Taormina! Taormina is a city located on the...

Every country has its forgotten corners, the regions ignored by visitors, the backwaters often blighted by poverty, history and geographical bad luck. Even Italy, among the most blessed of destinations, has such outposts, places that until recently were often seen only by the more well-informed travellers. Few of these overlooked destinations deser...

Ask an Italian what he or she thinks of Portofino, and he or she will probably tell you that it is at its best off-season, when the throngs of VIPs and paparazzi give way to days of calm and pale sunshine.  If you just can't resist the allure of this international enclave, that since the 1950s has gone from fishing hamlet to mecca of luxury stores...

9 times destroyed and 9 times rebuilt. Catania has risen from its ashes after every devastating earthquake. It was 1693, the year of the last earthquake that razed Catania to the ground: the Baroque style reigned in the world of art and architecture. The city was then rebuilt in this style, using the characteristic black lava stone. A choice that h...

Italian tourism gives positive signals. According to the survey commissioned by Enit on receptive trends, the 'summer is promising despite international tensions. Forecasts of customer attendance in facilities for 2022 are quite in line with pre-pandemic levels. Bookings to Italy continue in comparison to last year even compared to those recorded t...

It is late afternoon on Bagno Carducci beach and all around, bronzed Italian families are beginning to pack up their raffia bags. Tuscany may be loved by the Brits for its cypress-topped hills and glorious sunflower fields, but for the Italians it is Versilia Riviera, just a short drive from Pisa and Lucca, that is the star attraction. And taking p...

Venice is sinking. Not just literally, into the lagoon, but also proverbially, under the weight of overtourism. The latter to such an extent that next year, local authorities plan to introduce an entry fee for day-trippers in a bid to reduce visitor numbers. They have a way to go, though — high season can see over 150,000 visitors to the city a day...

Grandiose buildings, coffeehouse culture and a central square big enough to parade a small army in … there’s a reason this city at the end of the Adriatic is called “little Vienna by the sea”. Since the 14th century, when it asked the House of Habsburg for protection from the covetous reach of Venice, Trieste has spent more time as an Austrian city...

Cosa bevevan i nostri nonni? VINO, VINO, VINO!Cosa bevavan i nostri padri? VINO, VINO, VINO!E noi che figli siamo? Beviamo, beviamo!E noi che figli siamo? Beviam, beviam, beviam! Eh! Every night for a week in April 2022, with terracotta wine cups raised high, this lively toast was sung by a group of Calabrians and a handful of Americans and a Spani...

There's an ancient Sardinian proverb — Furat chie venit dae su mare — that means, "He who comes from the sea comes to steal." Waves of occupation — by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Byzantines, and Romans — instilled a culture of fierce independence. Over the centuries, those living near the coast escaped inland, where the mountains offered protec...