Emanuele Filiberto, the Duke of Savoy moved his capital to Turin in the year 1563. He then began a large project to create a series of buildings and palaces to prove his power of ruling. These outstanding buildings were designed and decorated by some of the best known artists of that era and radiated into the outskirts of Turin. The complex also in...

Reggio Calabria is located at the tip of Italy’s ‘toe’ overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and the Ionian Sea to the south and east. It extends to the borders of Catanzaro in the northeast and Vibo Valentia in the northwest. Because of its ideal location across the Straits of Messina, it is the launching point for ferries to Sicily and the A...

With cooler weather and fewer crowds, autumn is a great time to travel to Italy. You’ll never lack for things to see and do in this country, but here are ten ideas for special travel experiences during the fall season. 1. GENOA: Don’t miss the Rolli Days (October 12, 13), when many of Genoa’s aristocratic palaces will be open to the public, some on...

Treviso is a city located in the region of Veneto in Italy. It is also the capital of the Treviso province. There are around 82,000 inhabitants in the city, and around 3,000 people live within the famous Venetian Walls in the historic city center. According to many scholars, the ancient city had been named Tarvisium and it derived its name from a C...

When it comes to European destinations, Venice is instantly recognisable. You could show even the most unseasoned traveler an outline of its landscape and they’d likely identify the Italian city at a glance! Comprised of more than 100 small islands separated by a network of canals, the capital of the Veneto region is ranked among the most beautiful...

Tucked into the pristine landscape of oak and beech trees, streams, meadows and stands of forest is the medieval village of Fiumalbo in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. It’s located about 70 kilometers southwest of Bologna and about 60 kilometers southwest of Modena.  Fiumalbo’s name evolves from the Latin, flumen album (White River), with ref...

More than five hundred persons of BCG (Boston Consulting Group) met for a very special goal last week: to redevelop many areas of Cascia, in partnership with the Francesca Rava Foundation. Cascia is a small town in the province of Perugia hit by a strong earthquake in 2016, as well as some other regions of central Italy. “Cascia needs courage, stre...

The extraordinary Villa Farnese is one of the most impressive examples of 16th-century architecture in Lazio. It’s nestled within the slopes of the forested Cimini Mountains, near Vico Lake.  The project was initiated by then-Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, from the powerful Farnese family, in 1504. He later became Pope Paul III and employed two of th...

The Castle of Rocca Sinibalda was built over a previous fortress (possibly a Lombard castle) by Cardinal Alessandro Cesarini in the 16th century. The initial project was the work of famous architect Baldassarre Peruzzi from Siena in 1530, who died six years later. The castle was likely completed by Peruzzi’s son Giovanni Sallustio and Bartolomeo De...

Italy’s historic shops are among its many treasures, defying the odds and surviving for hundreds of years, despite the country’s complex past. Like Florence and Rome and other destinations, Genoa is committed to preserving these special places, here called botteghe storiche, that were established between the 17th and the first half of the 20th cent...