Today, the town of Ravenna is one of Emilia-Romagna’s most important economic and industrial centers. Its thriving port serves the chemical, gas, and shipping industries. The nearby coastline attracts visitors looking for a slower pace and quiet escape under a beach umbrella. And the town of Ravenna itself is a great place to explore by bike. But f...

Io Cammino in Italia (I Walk in Italy) is a campaign by walkers, guides, tour operators and hospitality providers, set up amid the coronavirus pandemic to work with local authorities to promote “slow tourism” on the country’s long-distance trails. The aim is to help rural economies hit by months of lockdown. “In just a few days our lives changed,”...

I’m squashed in among a group of elderly ladies hustling for space at the counter of Panizzi. In front of us, shopkeeper Marcello is scurrying around, distributing slices and scoops as he splits glorious gold and white hunks of dairy into containers. He spots me and approaches with a board laden with fontina, a semi-soft cheese that’s a local speci...

Americans have long had a love affair with Italy. This summer, that love affair is on hiatus, and Italy is feeling the heartache. According to the Italian government's statistics bureau, six million US travelers choose Italy for their vacation each year. Lured by timeless dolce vita, dramatic coastal beach settings, food and wine, history and so mu...

Arriving in this tower-topped town in central Tuscany is always going to be a visual treat, regardless of the season. While the warmer months provide much-photographed scenes of surrounding sunflower fields, arguably the best time to visit San Gimignano is in the autumn or spring, bypassing the summer heat and high-season hordes of tourists. Howeve...

A complete itinerary for Rome must include activities besides just seeing ancient monuments and incredible art. For me, that means getting out of the historic center by strolling through a local neighborhood, taking a day trip to a beautiful hill town in nearby Umbria, and resting my tired feet at a beautiful rooftop bar overlooking the city. Just...

DURING THE MIDDLE AGES, A ricetto was a common structure found in Italian villages. It’s deemed a fortified area used to store agricultural products, livestock, and working tools but was also often utilized as a fort for protection. The ricetto of Candelo, in Piedmont, is the best-preserved example of such a structure. Dating to the late Medieval p...

Travel during the summer of 2020 hasn’t been what many of us expected or wanted. COVID-19 restrictions have kept many vacationers home and traveling to Europe is out for the time being thanks to a travel ban. However, thanks to social media and the internet, we can still enjoy many destinations virtually. If you love nature and flowers, then one ev...

In the northern area of Viterbo, about 30 kilometers from Rome, stands in the valley of the Calanchi a small medieval village whose charm, due not only to its historical and artistic richness but also to the territory where it was built, make it one of the most beautiful and characteristic villages in Italy, we are talking about Civitella D'Agliano...

I wake up to the lazy heat of the dandelion sun across my face. I left the curtains drawn the night before, allowing the rays to spill through the windows and onto my fluttering eyelids. The gentle breeze that pats my curtains tells me it’s a good day to wonder about my summer trip to Italy. Then, the features of COVID-19 come to my mind and I paus...