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...

Catania is located on the eastern coast of Sicily in Italy and is the second largest city in Sicily. It is located at the foot of the biggest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. Catania is a major transport hub, university center and economic hub in the area and is known for its active nightlife and vibrant culture. Catania is also known for its archite...

After its first successful edition in 2014, the educational show series “Viaggi nell’Antica Roma” is back! And with 140,000 visitors just since the inauguration in April, it is clear a wide audience has welcomed the initiative with enthusiasm. Curated by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano, the “archaeo-show” branches out into two independent itinerarie...

French Impressionist painter Claude Monet made it the subject of some of his famous paintings, and called it a “jewel of lightness.” Dolceacqua (literally, ‘sweet water’) is a typical medieval village of Val Nervia, on the hills of the Ligurian hinterland between Ventimiglia and Bordighera, in the western portion of the Italian Riviera, close to th...

I took my dad to Italy a few weeks ago. If you knew the whole story,  you might say it was a bit of a miracle. I’m the last person who should be surprised. For me, Italy and miracles go hand-in-hand. So if you’re a senior not sure if you can make it to Italy or there’s a senior you love who you want to bring to our favorite country, gather round my...

Thank goodness I wore sneakers! Talk about a kid in a candy store. What to do first?! Watch an outdoor truffle hunt, take a bread-making class at Forno di Calzolari, go into one of multimedia carousels, see how Di Martino pasta or artisan Baladin beer is made? So many choices… wow, there’s even kids over there learning to stomp grapes! Sign me up!...

Often called the guardian of the Eternal City, the Castel Sant’Angelo has dominated vistas on the west side of the Tiber River as it bends toward the Vatican for almost two millennia. An imperial burial chamber, an asylum for hundreds, a courtly fortress for Popes, a prison for torment, and lastly a stately, national museum, Castel Sant’Angelo has...

On one side is Santa Teresa di Gallura, on the other are Castelsardo and Sassari. Between them, the Mediterranean, pine forests, dunes, and beaches. The mistral wind blows constantly, shaping the granite cliffs, shaking the juniper trees, sculpting this stretch of coast in northern Sardinia that have come to be known as Costa Paradiso (Paradise Coa...

Air Italy has added 10 new destinations to its network through the signing of a Special Prorate Agreement with Alaska Airlines. The new interline agreement start the airlines’ partnership with 10 destinations across the US and Mexico: Anchorage, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs, San Diego, Newark, San Jose (CA) and Guadalajara (...