by Susan Nelson   High above the steep rock walls of Capri stands a lone figure. Rays of sunlight dance and shimmer along the golden embroidery of the garments covering his large, well-built frame. Obsidian eyes search the green-blue sea laid out before him, coming to rest on a distant land – his own empire.   His eyes narrow as he sl...

American sunseekers seem to predominantly associate littoral Italy with Capri and the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi itself, et cetera). Lesser talked about, however, is the country's Tuscan shoreline. (Okay, Porto Ercole and the famous Hotel Il Pellicano are in Tuscany, but there's more to see.) One such outpost is Punta Ala, about two h...

by Chiara Beghelli   A new 800-page report, Tourism in Italy, reveals a nation beloved around the world with an enviable and varied tourism industry, but also one with persistent problems that limit its opportunities for development. The twentieth edition of the report, by the Italian National Research Council and the research institute for...

Dear Members and Friends, I am pleased to share with you a unique opportunity to experience the "Black Madonna" with Alessandra Belloni in Italy this August. As you know, Alessandra is an expert on the Black Madonna and has devoted much of her career to spreading Her meaning and message through dance and song as well as lectures and performances....

By Lorenzo Zanini Domus de Maria, a lovely seaside destination near Cagliari, has won the 2016 title for "Italy's most beautiful beach." Pollica, in the province of Salerno, known as the "pearl of Cilento" and as the world capital of the Mediterranean diet, placed in second position while Castiglione della Pescaia, in the province of Grosseto, cam...

La popolazione italiana è complessivamente di 60 milioni 656 mila residenti (-139 mila unità). Gli stranieri sono 5 milioni e 54 mila e rappresentano l'8,3% della popolazione totale (+39 mila unità). La popolazione di cittadinanza italiana scende a 55,6 milioni, conseguendo una perdita di 179 mila residenti.   SALDO MIGRATORIOE' l'istituto n...

Think one week isn't nearly enough time to take in a country with as much beauty and history as Italy? If you plan your trip carefully, you can actually see a great deal of Italy's splendor in just seven days. My husband and I recently spent a week touring Venice, Florence, and Rome. We even managed to squeeze in a day at the beach, a much-needed e...

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) surveyed its members recently on where to find the best local cuisine, and Italy (whole country) was chosen as the winner for its diversity from region to region, as well as its consistently high quality.   Paris came in second, followed by New Orleans, Jamaica (whole country) and New York City. T...

It's been an extraordinary summer season for Italy. The international political "climate" has clearly contributed to this, as Islamic terrorism, lone wolves, and failed coups that turned into counter-revolutions kept tourist away from other destinations abroad. For the country's tourism industry, the first tally of the summer season shows a 9.5% ov...

by Claudia Baroncelli   From the North to the South, Italy boasts many lesser-known yet wonderful small towns where you can breathe a fairy tale atmosphere and enjoy breathtaking landscapes. Let Swide lead into a unique journey through the most beautiful little towns you can find in Italy.   Travelling around Italy, you'll be surprise...