The coming of Summer brings to each and every one of us different emotions: for school kids, it is synonym with holidays and mornings spent in bed. For city dwellers, it brings about frightful images of blasting AC in the office and boiling hot public transports on the way home. For those lucky enough to live in a touristic area, the Summer coincid...

The rating of the world’s most attractive places of interest has been recently released by Tripadvisor, the famous website for trip planning and booking. Duomo, the Milan cathedral dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, is among the top ten most appreciated tourist attractions. The closest competitors of Duomo are Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dh...

Stretching from Valle d'Aosta and South Tyrol to Umbria and Lazio, Italy boasts some of Europe’s most beautiful lakes. Lake Como tends to dominate visitors’ itineraries when it comes to the country’s lakes, and especially since George Clooney moved in, but there are plenty of others which are just as stunning - and you might avoid the crowds and ra...

Virtuoso travel advisors and Brides Magazine determined the leading romantic resorts for newly married couples looking for the perfect honeymoon destination. According to their experts, the top resort in Europe is Le Sirenuse in Positano: stylish and chic, the hotel is in southwest-facing side of Positano, at a mere 10-minute walk from an enchantin...

Sicily sits at the toe of Italy's boot, just 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the mainland, at its closest point, and a short ferry ride from the town of Messina. But our gateway to Sicily was on the other side of the island, flying into the capital Palermo. We have holidayed in Italy before, but now with my partner and our 6-year-old daughter Kitty i...

Baking summer heat has forced Rome to close some of the drinking fountains known as "big noses", or "nasoni", that constantly gush fresh water on thousands of street corners, causing a public outcry. Hit by the soaring temperatures drying out southern Europe, the Italian capital has started turning off up to 30 of the 2,800 distinctive curved metal...

A decade ago, I would never have said much about wines from Abruzzo or Molise, except for those from a handful of producers. And even in those few cases, save for Valentini (first without equals), I wouldn’t have done so in the generally glowing terms I use today. For Abruzzo’s and Molise’s white wines were generally neutral and oxidized quickly, w...

It’s amazing, given the millions who flock into Venice, that hardly any tourists venture beyond the lagoon. Just 50km from la Serenissima, on the fringes of the volcanic Euganean hills, which provided stone for the pavements of Venice a millennium ago, there’s an enormous undiscovered castle. Castello del Catajo was built by the Obizzi family in ar...

There are places you go to get away from it all. And then there’s Sant’Angelo. To get to this Italian village, you take an hour-long ferry from Naples to the volcanic island of Ischia, nestled a few waves’ breadth from Capri in the heart of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Then you take a meandering hour-long bus from the island’s manicured capital, Ischia Por...

There is a sense of shame as Luigi Plasmati, 89, recollects growing up amid chronic poverty in a crammed cave in Matera, an ancient, bruised city in Italy’s southern Basilicata region.“It was brutal,” he said. “There were families of maybe nine or 10 children, sleeping next to mules and pigs. We were dying of hunger.” Less than 70 years ago some 15...