“At last, a grand companion to the mysterious and enchanting island of Sardinia. Known to most travelers for its beaches, Sardinia’s complex archeological heritage extends back to Neolithic times. Written with verve and love, In Sardinia is the book I’ll be taking on future trips.” -Frances Mayes, New York Times bestselling author of Under the Tusc...

Puglia, with its limestone cliffs, golden beaches, karst caves, vineyards, enormous groves of olive trees, and beautiful collection of coastal and hill towns, is one of Italy’s bestroad trip destinations. If you want to go off the beaten path and explore a quieter corner of Italy, put Puglia on yourlist. With some of the most dramatic coastal scene...

Underground tunnels, burial sites, places of worship, hiding spaces. Catacombs have been all that throughout their history. Many cities – the older the better, of course – have some sort of underground networks of passages and chambers, some more famous than others: we know well, in Italy, the catacombs of Palermo, but also the Bourbon tunnels unde...

Industrious, elegant and charming, framed by imposing Alpine peaks and crossed by the Adige river. This single brushstroke is the best way to describe Trento: spectacular nature and sky-high quality of life. The capital of Trentino-Alto Adige has for years been at the top of the official rankings certifying the quality of life in Italy. But this sm...

In the province of Matera lies one of the most interesting villages in the whole of Basilicata: it is Tricarico, a small town located at an altitude of 698 m. above sea level, set in the most typical hilly scenery of Basilicata. History, art and traditions make Tricarico a must-visit village, also in light of its beautiful historic center, among th...

Even frequent travelers to Italy aren’t likely to have heard about the small village of Custoza and its rich wine heritage that is waiting to be discovered. Custoza is tucked—you might even say hidden—in the municipality of Sommacampagna, in the province of Verona, in the Veneto region of northeast Italy. It has a population of less than 1000 peopl...

For all nature lovers, Trentino Alto Adige is the ideal destination: between lakes, mountains, paths and unspoilt places, it offers visitors an experience of peace and relaxation, to live alone or in the company of the most loved ones. The Lake of Toblino Among the main attractions of Trentino is undoubtedly Lake Toblino, located at an altitude of...

Back in the late ‘80s, when I was still in elementary school, we used to study every region of Italy. Each week, we’d prepare a ricerca, a two- or three-page essay with photos and drawings, about the region we focused on: I used to love ricerche, so much so I ended up working as a researcher for a great part of my adult life. Anyway… I remember tha...

A city you wouldn't expect. Bergamo is a constant surprise, a sequence of small and big revelations that speak of art, music and good food. Hermann Hesse considered the place one of the reasons why it is worth travelling.   A destination for true connoisseurs of beauty and savoir vivre, visiting the town is an experience for refined palates. Doing...

About 1.5 kilometers from Stromboli's northeastern edge lies a sea stack known as Strombolicchio, believed to have been produced by volcanic activity. Sharp cliffs that plunge straight into the water give the island its distinctive appearance. The mountain's slopes are of great ecological significance since they shelter numerous endangered species...