In the south-east of Tuscany there is a beautiful area, the Val d’Orcia; inside, it hosts the town of Castiglione d’Orcia and the small municipality of Bagni San Filippo, of just 91 inhabitants. Despite its size, the town is famous throughout Italy for a very specific reason: the presence of sulfur water baths , which, once on the surface, form whi...

Venice has once again postponed its contentious plan to introduce a visitor entry fee which had been due to come into effect on 16 January 2023. The booking system, which will involve an entry fee for day-tripper tourists arriving in the lagoon city, has now been pushed forward at least six months, reports state broadcaster RAI. The reservation sys...

Italy is known for its rich history and cultural contributions to the world in terms of architecture and landscape: the Vatican, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Cinque Terre, the Colosseum in Rome, and the leaning tower of Pisa, to name just a few. Then, of course, there are the Italian culinary inventions: breadsticks, pretzels (made by an Italia...

Sail by beautiful mansions, stroll lakeside gardens, wander through historic towns, and paddleboard beneath mountains – these are just some of the best things to do in Lake Como. Lake Como is one of the most popular places to visit in Italy – and for good reason! It’s stunning, elegant, world renowned, and is just a quick day trip from Milan. Lake...

Want to avoid the hustle and bustle of tourists in Rome, Milan, Venice, and Florence? Or maybe you’ve already seen those cities, and are looking for something new? Well here are some of my favorite small towns for you to live out your Italian dream.  1. Bergamo If you’re looking for a dreamy getaway, check out Bergamo! Bergamo is located north-east...

Lombardy is an economic powerhouse — and its capital Milan often takes the crown from Rome when it comes to job prospects and quality of life. The industrial hinterlands may not offer much to the traveling aesthete, but head further out and you’ll find glittering lakes, pristine mediaeval towns and world-class art, architecture and gastronomy. This...

My partner and I want to spend four months in a village in Italy to experience local life, based in Le Marche or Umbria and making trips from there. What locations might work, and what long-term rental sites are there? I Davies, Philip Island VIC While village life might look appealing, living there can be limited. Shops might be some distance away...

When restoration work began on Piazza Jacopo della Quercia near Siena Cathedral in the late 1980s, the number of Roman archaeological discoveries was so startling, people doubted the work would ever get finished. What if they covered the whole place with tarmac and left terracotta containers, first century jewelry or similarly precious objects fore...

Though a bit of time has passed since I last visited a gastronomia, the sweet nostalgia of balmy Italian summers spent popping in and out of these vibrant stores remains embedded in my memory. On one sweltering summer’s day in the verdant north Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, my family and I found ourselves sprawled across the sofa of our shaded...

Golferenzo is a pretty medieval village in the province of Pavia in Lombardy with just over 200 inhabitants. Located in the picturesque setting of the Oltrepò Pavese hills, the village is perched on a small promontory 464 m above sea level overlooking the extensive and lush vineyards of the Versa Valley. Fine wines of international renown are produ...