Monte Cassino is famous for its magnificent Benedictine Order abbey located in southern Italy. It is also renowned for being the site of a major battle during World War Two between the American forces and the defending Germans. In the battle, Monte Cassino was needlessly destroyed. Today it is one of the most iconic monasteries in Italy. It is one...

Saint Peter's Basilica is one of the most impressive basilicas in the world and stands at the heart of the micro country of Vatican City. The papal enclave is an independent country that is inside Rome (it is also the world's only theocracy). St. Peter's Basilica is a stunning work of art and one of the largest churches in the world (in fact it is...

The Bridge of Sighs is a very pleasant solution to a very grim problem. In 1600 Venice’s prisons for common criminals were being moved from the ground floor of the Doge’s Palace to a building across a narrow canal from the Palace. The question was how to get the inmates who had just had confessions wrung out of them in the torture chamber into the...

Unlike the United States and other countries, tipping in Italy is not really part of the culture. Leaving a tip in an Italian establishment is usually reserved for when you have received exceptional service. Tipping in Italy is neither mandatory nor expected, but if you do decide to tip, the gesture is a very clear indicator that you appreciated th...

Street art in Veneto has redeveloped, bringing joy and colour, the peripheral areas of big cities, such as Padua, the center of small villages, including Cibiana di Cadore, parks and roadsides. In this article we have collected for you the most significant places where you can admire the works of urban art in this region. You will find works by you...

Humans settled this triangle of land as early as 12,000 BC, and the island saw the rise of great Phoenician and Ancient Greek civilizations. Later, the island was ruled by Byzantines, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Normans and Arabic conquerors, all of whom contributed to the island's rich and unique culture. The Sicilian dialect still includes words from th...

Althought very small, this lovely borough has a lot to offer to visitors. The list of what to see in Todi is long and certainly full of surprises; inside its ancient walls there is room for contemporary arts as much as for a rich heritage of churches and centuries-old monuments. The first foundation of Todi is very ancient indeed, according to hist...

Living in a city has a lot of advantages: you can find everything you want, public transport brings everywhere, there are museums and cafés, cinemas and theaters to entertain you. But if there is something the world learned in the past two years is appreciating the tranquillity and isolation of small countryside or mountain villages, places where l...

If you walked around Sanità 15 years ago with your camera on your shoulder like that it would’ve been stolen,” says local shopkeeper Antonio Vitozzi, pointing at my battered Nikon. More than likely I would’ve been nowhere near this neighbourhood back then. Riven by urban decay and high unemployment, Naples’ poorest district used to be a dangerous p...

People have this idea of Southern Italy in their head, a mixture of pizza, sunshine, mafia, crime, grime and chaos.  The people are friendly but the drivers are crazy. The reality of Southern Italy is a little different to the stereotypes. For a start Southern Italy is one of the safest destinations on earth. Contrary to popular perception, mostly...