They were expert engineers, way ahead of the curve on underfloor heating, aqueducts and the use of concrete as a building material. Now it turns out that the Romans were also masters at recycling their rubbish. Researchers at Pompeii, the city buried under a thick carpet of volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, have found that huge mounds of...

Each June, Nunzio Marcelli gathers his flock of 1,300 sheep and leaves his home near the medieval village of Anversa degli Abruzzi in the Apennine Mountains of central Italy. Walking some 30 miles over three days, 65-year-old Marcelli, his shepherds, and a few guests curious about this region’s traditional way of life herd the animals to an alpine...

We are in the municipality of Roccamorice, a few steps from another hermitage, that of Santo Spirito a Majella, here it is located on a rocky spur of about 50 meters at 700 m above sea level in the Majella, the hermitage of San Bartolomeo. The history of its foundation must be traced back to the Middle Ages. The hermitage is prior to the 11th centu...

Below is our interview with Robert and Lili of Espressino Travel who I had the pleasure to meet years ago during a memorable trip to Italy’s Salento. What struck me personally about them was their unabashed enthusiasm for the people they had met in Puglia and how much they wanted to show their guests a once-in-a-lifetime slow travel experience. Thi...

Only good things have the power of bring back the life. Art is one of them, as you can see in Bussana Vecchia. It’s an old, small town on the hills above Sanremo (yes, the famous city of Festival), in Liguria, abandoned due to an earthquake in 1887. After many years, in the 60’s, Clizia, a famous ceramist, moved his atelier from Turin to this small...

Un racconto del Belpaese attraverso antiche e rare carte geografiche Un altro fine settimana all’insegna della bellezza italiana. Il ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo, in collaborazione con Enit e Touring Club Italiano propone un nuovo flash mob digitale per mantenere gli italiani a contatto con le meraviglie dei propri...

 The director of Italy's Uffizi Galleries is predicting a boom in visitors after coronavirus restrictions end, judging by what happened after previous emergencies closed down one of the world’s most popular museums. Museum director Eike Schmidt recalled that after the Arno River flooded Florence in 1966 and shuttered the museum, the number of visit...

Tourists travel to the Tuscan island of Giglio for its tranquility and natural beauty. Legend has it that when the Tyrrhenian Venus emerged from the depths of the sea, seven gemstones fell from her tiara and turned into the seven islands of the Tuscan archipelago: Gorgona, Capraia, Elba, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio and Giannutri. Where is Giglio I...

THE ROTONDA DI SAN LORENZO is a church located in the main square of the city of Mantua in Northern Italy. It was constructed during the late 11th century during the reign of the powerful Canossa family. The church is a fine example of Romanesque architecture, with a central plan and Byzantine-style frescoes. It’s primarily composed of bricks, acco...

Quando, Quando, Quando” was a hit single in 1962 or 1963. It means “when, when, when” in Italian — when will we share a love divine, in a year, a day, or an hour? Connie Francis sang it in Italian and English, and it’s delicious. I thought of it the other day, when Vermont’s governor extended our lockdown for another month. It’s not love divine I’m...