The European Union (EU) anointed Matera, Italy the coveted title of “European Capital of Culture” in 2019, raising the city’s profile around the world. For many of us hooked on the engaging Italian TV series, Imma Tataranni: Sostituto Procuratore, the show’s protagonist, Imma Tataranni (played by Vanessa Scalera) might be considered one of the regi...

The Etruscan cemeteries of Cerveteri and Tarquinia are rare and precious testimonies to the ancient Etruscans, who were the first people to establish an urban type of civilization in the western Mediterranean, a civilization that survived for about 700 years from the eighth to the first century BC, in the territories of central Italy, from Lazio to...

There are few people as exuberantly in-tuned with the city of Venice as local Monica Cesarato. She is a tour guide and blogger giving visitors an in-depth lesson on La Serenissima but the coronavirus pandemic wiped out a year's worth a work in a matter of weeks. Instead of focusing solely on her own plight, Monica tirelessly is out there shouting f...

Ah! Beauty! The gift of the gods to their subjects, inspiration to literature, poetry and art of all forms and colors. Its canons may change from decade to decade,   but its essence remains the same, lifeblood of human creativity and  emotions.  And ugliness? Well, ugliness deserves some attention, too: if it’s true that every force needs an opposi...

A corner of wild Sicily has been selected by CNN as one of the world’s top 20 best places for swimming.  Located between Avola, Noto and Syracuse, in south-eastern Sicily in the spectacular Cavagrande del Cassibile Natural Reserve, the spot is known locally as ‘Laghetti d’Avola’ (small lakes of Avola) for the pools of fresh water set among rocks de...

Stuart Cantor’s latest photography series, Portofino Paradiso, captures the old-world glamour of Italy’s chicest seaside retreat as well as its beaches, hotels and neighbouring towns. His sun-dappled images of candy-striped sands, azure pools and colourfully painted houses evoke the charm of the Italian Riviera, which has counted Elizabeth Taylor,...

Italy's fortes extend beyond its galleries, wardrobes and dining rooms. The country is one of nature's masterpieces, with extraordinary natural diversity matched by few. From the north's icy Alps and glacial lakes to the south's fiery craters and turquoise grottoes, this is a place for doing as well as seeing. Not bad for a country not much bigger...

A territory that has always been rich in history. The first evidence of the existence of this beautiful village date back to the prehistoric era. As in the rest of northern Italy, Bobbio, has suffered during the centuries of Roman, Celtic and Lombard influences. The village of Bobbio owes its fame to San Colombano who, in 614, decided to build a mo...

In a Sicilian song written in 2001, Aurelio Caliri related the well-known Homeric tale of Polyphemus, the one-eyed Cyclops who lived on the slopes of Mount Etna and the Greek hero Ulysses, from an unusual perspective. As you may recall from the Odyssey, Ulysses and his companions had been imprisoned by Polyphemus in his cave on Mt. Etna and were be...

Planning an escape to the Aeolian Islands in Sicily may conjure up images of sailboats, skippers and yacht charters. But for those who prefer to explore the islands by day – and sleep on dry land by night – the archipelago offers an array of charming hotels, resorts and catered apartments that will entice even the most discerning seafarers. Andrea...