The Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran is the seat of the pope - the bishop of Rome. It is the highest-ranked cathedral in all of Catholicism. It even outranks the larger and more famous St. Peter's Basilica. Seeing both St. Peter's and Saint John Lateran Basilicas should be an essential part of any three-day itinerary of Rome. There is more to the...

In terms of sheer scale, Bologna’s porticoes are unique. Dating from 1100, they were originally constructed to help accommodate scholars pouring into Europe’s first university as landlords built additional rooms over public land. In 1288 they were established by a municipal bylaw, which not only ruled that all new buildings had to be built with a p...

From breathtaking alpine adventures to sun-soaked seaside trundles, Italy’s trains are the perfect way to explore this fabled country 1. Tirano to St. Moritz on the Bernina Express This breathtaking train journey between the Italian city of Tirano to the Swiss Alpine resort of St. Moritz isn’t just one of the most amazing rail journeys in Italy: tr...

If someone said you could buy a house for a dollar, your reaction might be disbelief. That was how Rubia Andrade felt when she read a news article in 2019 about towns in Italy selling properties for one euro. “Obviously, your first thought is that this can’t be true. I needed to see it in person,” said Andrade, a Brazilian American who works in Cal...

The Gargano is a beautiful area in the north of Apulia, generally remembered for its awesome sea and beaches, but inland, not even 20 km from the coast, there is a protected green area that is a real treasure to discover. The vegetation is so lush and dense that the whole forest probably takes its name from it. According to some, in fact, Umbra For...

At the foot of the Alps, not far from lakes Garda and Iseo, the vibrant city of Brescia is the perfect destination for a city break away from the main tourist routes, offering art, history, and culture, aperitivo under the porticoes and shopping in its elegant boutiques.  Just an hour and a half from Milan, Brescia is the second largest city in the...

Latium, a region steeped in history and culture, is usually associated with the Roman civilisation, which has undoubtedly left an indelible and profound mark, shaping and handing down countless testimonies and treasures. However, we should point out that the Romans were not the only population to influence the destiny of the people of Lazio. The Et...

Who never wanted to take a winter holiday trip to the inside of a chocolate box painting, or maybe a 007 snowy landscape backdrop? (Minus all the explosions and chase scenes on the ski slopes, of course.) In Cortina d’Ampezzo, a beautiful valley city with over a thousand years of history, home of the majestic Queen of the Dolomites Alps, you can! M...

The Crotti represent a strongly rooted tradition in Chiavenna and in the homonymous valley, in the province of Sondrio. These are natural cellars, obtained from the accumulation of boulders coming from ancient landslides, crossed by sources of fresh air: the “Sorel”. This air current – which maintains a temperature of 8 ° C – is able to naturally a...

The Norman Palace in Palermo, the former seat of the kings of Sicily, is the oldest royal residence in Europe. Its greatest attraction is the Palatine Chapel, where every detail reveals the perfect union among different styles: Latin, Byzantine, Arab -  here’s where the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean blends to reflect that ‘melting pot’ that...