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...

Étroubles locates in the deep north of Valle d'Aosta. It traces and preserves the history and traditions of a past marked by the passage of many peoples. À Étroubles, avant toi sont passés... Étroubles is a tiny village set like a gem in the Alpine peaks. Situated at an altitude of almost 3000 metres, it stands in the heart of the Great St Bernard...

Ah, beautiful Italy; it’s no wonder why millions of Americans flocked here every year before COVID, and therefore no wonder why airlines are perpetually crazy for this market, trying to profit on that love. Conversely, Italo-Americans are a large community in the States, which makes demand from the other side also very strong year round – and this...

Surely you happened during a walk in your city, to notice the presence of votive newsstands: these are small chapels in which there is a sacred image. Often widespread especially in the South, they represent a great symbol of devotion and faith. But what is their story? History of votive shrines The votive aedicules have a very ancient history: the...

If you only see one statue on your trip to Italy, Michelangelo’s David is the one to see. Hailed as an instant classic from the day it was unveiled in 1504 (“….to tell the truth, this work eclipsed all other statues both modern and ancient,” wrote the great art historian Giorgio Vasari) its prestige has only grown in the ensuing 500 years. It’s a w...

It’s certainly no secret that a beautiful mountain region like the Dolomites would be a spectacular winter destination for ski enthusiasts, but did you know that there are many more activities besides traditional downhill skiing to keep you busy here! In fact, there is so much to do in the Dolomites in winter, you may need to come back again and ag...

On an early morning in late autumn 2019, I drove with two friends from my family's small rural home in Northern italy toward the town of Bassano del Grappa, where we would meet our fishing guides. The car axles whimpered through each turn. The road was flanked by walls of dolomite, valley floors of grapevines and verdure. Passing through villages w...

Italy has one of the oldest civilizations on earth and over the years has left a powerful mark in world history. The country is home to some of the world’s greatest works of art, architecture, beautiful cities, and of course, delicious Italian food. It also boasts some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, from the Italian Alps, pr...

Italy is crossed from North to South by about 34,000 caves of all types and sizes, counting only those stacked, but many more are still to be explored. Whether located at high altitude in the mountains, or by the sea, on the islands, or a stone's throw from the next town, the Italian caves currently open to visitors are only 52 but many of them are...