Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a fortified medieval village tucked within the mountains of Abruzzo, but for decades, it was a ghost town.  Poverty, a lack of jobs and earthquakes triggered Italy’s rural exodus and created many ghost towns — like Santo Stefano — that have stood dormant and frozen in time. That is, until now. Italian entrepreneur Danie...

In the northernmost reaches of Italy, close to the Austrian border, the jagged peaks of the Dolomite mountain range stretch to the sky. The dramatic landscape is a fitting backdrop to one of the world’s most important wine-producing areas: Trentino, the southern half of the famous Trentino-Alto Adige wine region. Grapes are seemingly fated to grow...

Planning a trip to Italy this year? Perhaps just daydreaming of walking the reconstruction of Pompeii, boating along the Amalfi coast, or strolling the historic, picturesque, and somewhat chaotic streets of Rome?  How will you spend your time to experience the most Italian culture? Will you be able to communicate with shopkeepers, read the bus and...

Did you think of something that brings back great memories, or that has lasted for many years? Or, on the other hand, did you worry that you bought something that wasn’t really authentic, that you overpaid, or that you may have fallen prey to a tourist trap?  All of us love to bring home a special Italian memento. And whether you’re going to Parma ...

The Roman dialect was singled out by poet Dante as the ugliest in all of Italy. The writer said it wasn't worthy of being described as a 'vulgar tongue' but was merely 'profanity'. In fact, some people call the dialect 'Romanaccio' (instead of the more formal 'Romanesco'), with the suffix 'accio' carrying negative connotations (a 'giornataccia' for...

The Phoenicians used the gulf as their trading centre and built the wonderful city of Tharros; the most important evidence of the ancient Nuragic culture is still evident in this territory such as mysterious sacred wells, imposing nuraghi (megalithic edifices) and the fascinating Giganti (giants) of Monte’ and Prama. The Gulf also features a sea wi...

Leaving the city of Vercelli, the route, following the Sesia riverbank, crosses the border between Piedmont and Lombardy reaching the city of Pavia. Then, just like the Archbishop Sigeric in 990 AD, you will cross the Po River via ferry in Soprarivo of Calendasco, entering the Emilia-Romagna region. Pavia Famed art heritage and college town of the...

When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) - Where: Italian Cultural Institute | 500 N Michigan Ave | Suite 1450 | Chicago IL Jenifer Landor, Founder of Live and Learn Italian, will lead guests on a journey to discover Molise, a hidden Italian gem wedged between Abruzzo and Puglia, which is largely unknown, even to some Italians....

L'estate 2019 vedrà da Bologna, Napoli, Roma, Venezia partire e arrivare molti aeromobili da e per l’America. Tra low cost, compagnie italiane e a stelle e strisce come l’American Airlines che dal 6 giugno fino a settembre, collegherà Bologna e Philadelphia. Dall’Italia saranno 10 i voli diretti verso gli Stati Uniti nella stagione estiva 2019 offe...

Given Italy’s reputation as a style trendsetter, it’s instructive to look at how the country’s major fashion houses and luxury purveyors are starting to develop exclusive travel experiences to promote la dolce vita. The aim of two of the most buzzworthy projects is to connect high-end travelers to the heart of the Italian lifestyle, and with excell...