Winter can be a good time to visit Italy if you don’t mind the cold, and possibly snowy, weather. You can often find lower air fares and get off-season hotel prices (except Christmas through January 6 in Rome, on New Year’s Eve, or Carnevale season in Venice) and there are fewer tourists so most sites and museums are less crowded. Of course if you’...

The new Orient Express ‘La Dolce Vita’ luxury train is set to take passengers across Italy from 2024, with the first pre-bookings available from 6 December. The five-star service, run by the Accor group with the support of Trenitalia, will travel between the north and south of Italy along six exclusive itineraries. The various routes will take visi...

Since ancient times, the people of central Italy have mined alabaster from the hills of the Tuscan countryside. The ancient Etruscans prized alabaster for its durability over centuries, not to mention its beautiful coloration, natural veining, and luminous effects when held up to the light. It has long been used to craft vases and urns, small decor...

Although lovely in summer, northeastern region Alto Adige’s wonders really shine (both literally and metaphorically) in winter. Home to the Dolomite Alps–which boast 1,315 kilometers of slopes–Alto Adige (also known as South Tyrol) is obviously a winter sports lover’s paradise, but there’s also much to be said about the scene off the slopes: as tem...

With its breathtaking scenery and picture-perfect resorts, skiing in the Dolomites can feel like an out of this world experience. The distinctive peaks of Italy’s northeastern corner may not be the Alps’ tallest, but they have a uniquely high-rise effect, shooting from valley to summit in a sheer curtain of rock, strikingly beautiful when dusted in...

Let us start by saying that a few towns will make you fall in love with Sorrento, an enchanting place embraced by the sea, not too far from Naples. A city with an extraordinary landscape overlooking the sea in a truly unmissable natural setting lost between sky and sea. In addition, it possesses a millenary history since its origins date back to th...

For many people taking a trip to Europe in the winter is all about visiting the many and diverse Christmas markets. They’re the best place to get a feel for the local traditions, sample the local delicacies, and see the work of local artisans. Italy’s regional diversity also means that the Christmas market in each location will be full of surprises...

Italy's capital has been named the best place on the Continent for a festive break. When most people think of Rome, the first images that come to mind are probably of the Colosseum or Forum in the high Italian summer.  While the historical city is the perfect place to visit for fans of drinking spritzes outside late into the summer's evening, it's...

This year more than 12 million people in Italy are expected to take a short break around the Festa dell'Immacolata on 8 December, according to projections by Italian hotel federation Federalberghi. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Catholic holy day and public holiday in Italy, falls on a Thursday in 2022. This will see many businesses and...

ITA Airways launches a unique new safety video starring the legends and athletes of Italian sports that will be gradually phased on board all its long-haul flights. Nineteen Italian sports champions are the heroes of the new ITA Airways Safety video created with the communication agency VMLY&R, in collaboration with CONI and with the support of Sta...