As you wander the labyrinthine medieval backstreets of Spoleto, you will pass many an imposing noble palazzo. Certainly, the elegant 17th century Palazzo Mauri should be a stop for bird-lovers and ornithologists. The building was completely renovated in 2009 and is now the public library. When I visited last year, flowers were being unloaded in fro...

I love traveling by train. In Italy, it is easy, inexpensive, and a great way to see the country. Italy by train can be daunting. I understand completely: Foreign country. Foreign language. Not an American practice. During my first trip to Italy in 2010, I was in that position. It was my first real trip there, and while I spoke Spanish, I didn’t sp...

The romance of Tuscany is about more than just the magnificence of its Renaissance art and architecture, and bountiful wine production. It’s also about the food of Tuscany as well. The diversity of flavors, aromas, colors and textures in Tuscan cuisine is so divine, you might be surprised to discover the stark simplicity behind it. Tuscan food is t...

Rome and its surroundings are a triumph of beauty for which a lifetime may not be enough. What can sometimes be lacking is just the inspiration to let yourself be led to discover surprising experiences for your daytrip from Rome. Here, in this article, among perched villages, ghost lakes, archaeological parks and villas of yesteryear, you will find...

Italy is set to lift the last remaining requirements to wear masks indoors after 15 June, health undersecretary Andrea Costa said in a radio interview on Wednesday. "From 15 June, I believe we will remove the latest restrictive measures such as the use of masks indoors" - Costa told RAI state radio - "The government's goal has always been to create...

It’s easy to fall in love with Italy. Where else can you stroll a wisteria-laden garden dedicated to the goddesses of spring water, explore a glowing sapphire cavern from a private rowboat, or soak in steamy, ancient hot springs? Whether traveling solo or with your partner, Italy has so many over-the-top romantic places that you’re bound to fall in...

There’s a McDonald’s on the outskirts of Rome where, after ordering a pancetta-laden Big Mac, you can peer through the glass floor and see—a few yards below—flat, gray paving stones of an ancient Roman road and twisted skeletons embedded in a two-millennia-old gutter. These are remnants of an offshoot of Europe’s first major highway, the Appian Way...

Among the hidden gems dotting the Italian peninsula, there is no shortage of mountain resorts. Val Di Non, one of the many valleys enclosed in the Trentino Alto Adige region, is the ideal destination for those dreaming of a trip to discover unique natural beauty. Thanks to its breathtaking landscapes, numerous places of historical and cultural inte...

It’s no secret that Italy is widely known around the world as a cultural powerhouse. Packed with historical riches, influential art, and iconic monuments, Italy has swayed many globetrotters to acknowledge its modern-day influence and importance. However, one may be inclined to think only of its grandiose and well-known locations such as Rome, Veni...

The artificial basin of Lake Resia is located about 1500 meters high, in the territory of Curon Venosta, in Trentino Alto Adige. Its creation dates back to 1950, when a large dam was built that submerged the alpine village of Curon Venosta, rebuilt higher up. Of the old town remains visible today only the bell tower of the ancient Romanesque church...