Vigevano, less than 40 kilometers west of Milan served historically as an escape for Milanese political elites and is known for its renaissance Piazza Ducale, sized perfectly for a pleasant giro under the arcades. The piazza and the adjacent castle make for a perfect day trip for those staying in Milan as it’s a 30-minute train ride from the Italia...

Italy's marinas are the best in the Mediterranean because of their proximity to artistic and natural beauty in addition to ultra-modern facilities. Italy is a long tongue of land in the Mediterranean Sea with 7,500 km of beautiful coastline dotted with 537 charming tourist ports.  For those who love to sail, Italian ports are a perfect way to enjoy...

There are two countries within Italy. One, the Vatican, is the smallest sovereign state in the world. The other, San Marino, is the most ancient Republic still extant. There is something very magical about San Marino, a place which I had the pleasure to visit only once in my life, but that left a very strong impression on my then-young mind. It was...

While the food of Calabria is predominantly what you’d think of as Italian, it also displays unique traces of French, Spanish, and Arabic influences, owing to the invasions and plunders it has endured in the past. Similar in some ways to Sicilian cuisine just south of this region, the beauty of Calabrian food really does lie in its rich history. Th...

Nicknamed “the Brain of Veneto,” Padua is home to the prestigious university, founded in 1222, that hosted Galileo, Copernicus, Dante, and Petrarch. Pilgrims know this city for the Basilica of St. Anthony, where the faithful assemble to touch his tomb and marvel at his holy relics. It’s a great place to experience Italy: to make some new friends, g...

There are many, many reasons why everyone seems to holiday in Puglia. Lecce is one of them. This honey-coloured city is a real gem, but don't call it an open-air museum: local people know that there is much more to the beauty of its churches and galleries. With its irresistible mix of Baroque and exquisitely Mediterranian landscapes, it is a perfec...

While no longer technically tourists, there is still a fine line between someone who is a local, and someone who lives in Italy. It can be difficult to try and appear local to someone who is native to Italy because let’s face it, we stick out. It is especially apparent that you’re not a local if you continue to follow American ideals, such as how y...

The history of ancient Rome comes to life thanks to the Viaggi nei Fori project, a multimedia display screened on the ruins of the Forum of Augustus and Forum of Caesar, each evening from 10 June until 2 October 2022. Created by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano, the show uses light, images, film and animation to conjure up portrayals of life in ancie...

In the placid days that followed the relaxation of the first wave pandemic restrictions, my then-boyfriend and I decided to head to the very heart of the dolce vita. The conditions were simply ideal. It was June, so the heat was still bearable. American tourists were still locked out of Europe, and the general scarcity of international tourists mea...

From north to south, Italy is full of breathtaking landscapes. From the crystal-clear shores of Lake Braies in Trentino-Alto Adige to the great beauty of the eternal city: Rome.  Each of the twenty regions into which the Italian state is divided offers incredible places, breathtaking views to admire with enchantment and with camera (or smartphone)...