When St Francis renounced his worldly possessions and left in quest of spiritual purity, befriending wolves and other animals along the way, it's a mystery whether he was receiving the words of Christ or acting on symptoms of PTSD caused by battle and imprisonment. What's not a mystery is why St Francis felt such a strong connection to nature in hi...

Temperatures are on the rise…and so is the urge to grab the flip-flops and head for the nearest beach. Summer practically insists we enjoy at least one romp in the salty sea, no matter which part of the globe we find ourselves in. But if you’re Italian, heading for a beach whenever possible during summer months is practically a sacrament. Likewise,...

There are many who dream about taking on a new adventure and then there are those who actuallly fulfill that dream. Denise Pardini, manager of the Castello di Sinio, a refurbished 12th century castle in Piedmont, and chef at the property’s restaurant, clearly belongs to the latter category. There are several impressive things about Pardini realizin...

The Southern Italian region of Puglia has never been at a loss for great food and drink. In the old days, by train, it used to be an overnight slog of six-plus hours from Rome. These days, with smaller air carriers, you can get there in an hour from all over Europe. It is a region that has long been known for its mix of beaches, castles, fantastic...

Located in Tenno (in Le Foci locality), near Riva del Garda, the Varone waterfall cave Park is a small park that offers one of the most beautiful and suggestive natural attractions well worth a trip to Lake Garda being a perfect destination for both adults and children. Read on to find out more. The ParkIf you want to discover this hidden beauty wh...

The Reggia dei Gonzaga or the Palazzo Ducale is located in the city of Mantua, or Mantova. The palace is, in fact, a group of buildings located between Piazza Sordello and the shore of the bottom lake in the north east side of the city. The entire structure is made of a large number of gardens, courtyards and buildings. The structure used to be for...

As many of you may know, Northern Italy is studded with picturesque cities and villages. One example is Mantua, which has been named a UNESCO world heritage site for its charming Renaissance cityscape. Visiting these cities is surely a beautiful experience, as you’ll find yourself surrounded by art, eye-catching architecture and luxurious nature. H...

Who wouldn’t want their own Sicilian island? A private, sun-kissed refuge in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean, complete with the remains of a 16th-century watchtower, ancient Roman basins and a medieval well. A secluded retreat within swimming distance of Sicily (for the physically fit), yet removed from its bustle and chaos. The Isola...

One thing I am sure of after over a decade of life here in Italy is that people will always want to visit, and most of the time they have no idea how to do in a way that actually makes sense as a meaningful vacation. I get countless emails from those wanting to “see the real Italy” but yet who pack way too much in their itinerary and often skip out...

The cemetery serves as an open-air museum filled with sculptures and beautiful architecture. The private chapels and tombs are built in a medley of styles, ranging from neo-classic to Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Many of them are largely inspired by Florence’s medieval and Renaissance churches. The graveyard’s most popular and romantic statue is the o...