According to Greek historian Strabo of Amasia, the Mausoleum of Augustus, built by the Emperor to house his ashes and the ashes of his family, was one of the most remarkable buildings in Imperial Rome, constructed sometime before 23 B.C. But these days it’s a dilapidated ruin in the middle of the city, disappointing any tourists who hope to take pe...

When: Wed, May 31, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italy-America Chamber of Commerce WEST, 925 N La Brea Avenue, 4th floor, Los Angeles, California 90038 The Consul General of Italy, Mr. Antonio Verde, is happy to extend the invitation to “Study in Italy”, a presentation about the Italian Higher Education system and opportunities for American...

Hoping to visit some of the lesser-explored corners of Italy, swapping the crowded city piazzas for idyllic scenery in tiny villages? The newly crowned 20 most beautiful Italian villages - that's one for each region - are a great place to start. The shortlist has been drawn up by the 'Borghi più belli d'Italia' organization, which every year select...

Bound on three sides by water, Italy is a beach lover’s paradiso.   But -- come summer -- Italians skip the tourist meccas of the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre.  When Italians crave the beach, they head to Cilento or to Puglia instead. Sapphire seas, minus the tourists, typify these Southern Italian regions. Just two hours from Positano, Cilento is...

Wedged between Florence and Rome, Tuscany offers the quintessential Italian experience: sun-soaked hill towns, green and rolling screen saver hills, romantically fortified farms and cypress trees marching single file up lonely ridges. We go to Italy to experience the finesse of Florence, the splish-splash of Venice and the grandeur of Rome, but it’...

The 17-square-mile volcanic island of Ischia, a 90-minute ferry ride from Naples on Italy’s west coast, was a different world 60 years ago for Elena, the narrator of Elena Ferrante’s popular four-book series detailing the lifelong friendship of two women. Ischia, known for its thermal spas, beaches and rustic cuisine, received its first dose of gla...

Mare blu, spiagge incantevoli, calette silenziose. Ballare sotto le stelle in Sardegna. Tuffarsi dalle scogliere all’Elba. Nuotare tra le acque selvagge della Sicilia. Passeggiare tra le meraviglie di una riserva naturale. O farsi un bagno ai Caraibi nostrani, tra le acque del Salento. Per rilassarsi in coppia, divertirsi in famiglia o con gli amic...

Ten cities in 37 days, that was the plan. My husband, Don, retired from the newspaper business, and we lost no time pursuing a move to Italy, our favorite European destination. We headed for the region of Puglia (or Apulia) in the southeast, and Sicily—the only places with enough sun and sea for our tastes—to find the perfect place to live. On the...

Hate to break it to you, but you aren't the only one who's noticed that flights to Italy are almost cheaper than flights across the US right now. Don't not go -- go! -- but understand that top dogs like Rome, Venice, and Florence will be even more zoo-like than in years past. Bucket list cities the lot of them, but Italy's unforgettable food, favor...

As the old adage goes: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. That means rent a Vespa and rule the road. Former New Yorker Annie Ojile runs a tour company called Scooteroma that offers cinematic, foodie, street art or general tours of the city (from about $158 per person). Ojile — who fell in love with Italy when studying abroad in Milan 20 years ago —...