On July 15, for the first time, South African Airways completed a flight using a biofuel made from tobacco. The one-way flight carried 300 passengers from Johannesburg to Cape Town using 6,300 liters of biofuel.   Thanks to the research of the biochemists of Sunchem, the Italian enterprise who has developed a process to extract biofuel from...

We had come to Bleggio by car, prescription traversing mountain roads to reach this remote area of the Dolomites directly north of Lake Garda. Driving from southern Trentino we headed down towards Riva, a tourist town on the northern shores of the lake, and then due north, gaining altitude as we zipped up a valley pass. Sheer peaks and dense fores...

Brace yourself, Spring is coming! And there's no better way to enjoy spring in Lombardia than a trip to the Italian Lakes – Lake Como, Maggiore, Garda and Iseo, all four of which can be found in Lombardia! And if you want to know more about Lombardia food, here's our post about the best vegetarian Lombardia food!   Winter may not be over, bu...

In Europe, German tour operators taking travelers to Italy report increased bookings especially with respect to holidays in Italian mountains rather than cultural destinations. British, French and Spanish tour operators all report positive sale trends as well.   Tour operators from Sweden reported +3% in sales of Italian tours, Danish tour o...

When traveling to Italy, there are many great cities to choose from. Everyone knows about Rome, and many have seen its splendors through the eyes of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Fashion lovers will find the catwalks and shops of Milan to be inspiring. Those who love romance often head for Venice.   The architecture lovers head for Floren...

In order to help tourists planning a trip to Italy, Trivago.it, one of the world's largest hotel search website, has recently released the new rankings related to hotels online reputations.Among Italian regions, the best one for hospitality standards is Umbria, while among cities Sorrento gained the gold.   While Umbria was followed by other...

The personalities, battlefields and invasion locations of Italy come to life during Alpventures WW II "Battleground Italy" Tour.   The sites of the battles and amphibious invasions aren't as widely known as the US battles in France and in the Pacific during WW II, but they were equally as ferocious and important in the final outcome of the w...

Americans love to visit Italy, especially Tuscany, and one of the reasons is the grape called sangiovese. Best known when made into the red wine called Chianti, it is called "the defining grape of Italy." It has been both the region's boon and its bane.    Infinitely malleable, it is so familiar to centuries of Italian growers that they...

Di Daniela Tanzj e Andrea Bentivegna Le trentuno persone che quel 4 giugno salirono a bordo della motonave Sicilia non si rendevano certamente conto di essere solo i primi ad avventurarsi in quella traversata che di lì a poco avrebbero tentato diversi milioni di emigranti diretti sull'altra sponda dell'oceano. Quel piccolo bastimento impiegò ben...

Here are five Italy travel trends to keep in mind when booking your trip to Italy in 2014:1. The Pope Francis Effect: Rome is the place to be these days. Tourism was up 5% in the Eternal City in 2013 with a total of 12.6 million tourists visiting Rome in 2013. At least half of these visitors showed up to see the new Pope Francis and tourism offici...