Gorgeous mountain lakes may be a dime a dozen, but how many can boast brilliant waters whose colors are the result of a lovesick sorcerer and drowned rainbows? According to the traditions of the Ladin people in Italy’s South Tyrol region, once upon a time, a beautiful water nymph called the pristine waters of Lake Carezza, at the foot of the Dolomi...

“When I shoot during a vacation, I generally have one chance to get the shot and I have to hope it works out,” says food and travel photographer Sandy Noto. "I've learned that my travel companions do not appreciate pulling over 50 times on the side of the road. But it has taught me how to be faster on my feet. I am a better photographer for it.” No...

Visiting Trentino Alto Adige during the Christmas season is just magical! Besides the wonder of its snow-filled landscapes - highly-appreciated by skiers, of course - its magnificent Christmas markets, in Trento and Bolzano during Advent, are what makes the Region so special this time of year.  Bolzano The largest city in Trentino Alto Adige, a mee...

The Dolomites are my absolute favourite destination in Italy and Lago di Braies is one of the many stunning places to see here. I don’t know about you, but whenever my friends talk about their holidays to Italy, they always mention Rome, Milan, the Amalfi Coast or Venice. Don’t get me wrong, they are all beautiful places, but I noticed that people...

Transhumance, the traditional farming practice of seasonal migration of livestock along storied tracks towards better climate conditions, was unanimously inserted Wednesday into UNESCO's list of of intangible cultural heritage. The successful bid was made by Italy, Austria and Greece. With this new inclusion, Italy has overtaken Turkey and Belgium...

Get into the holiday spirit when you visit these Italian villages where Christmas is celebrated with special events. Candelo (Piedmont) Located about 60 kilometers northeast of Turin, Candelo is a medieval village known for its ‘Ricetto’, a fortified storehouse made of a group of houses and streets surrounded by walls, which the local population us...

Every year, people from all over Europe and and North America travel to Northern Italy to enjoy its amazing mountains: the Alps. The Alps are home to some of the best ski resorts and most picturesque towns in the world. There are plenty of winter sports to practice and you can choose from a number of locations to enjoy skiing activities. If you wou...

The Castle of Avio is one of the oldest and most evocative castles in Trentino, and rises from a spur on Mount Vignola, over the last mountainous part of the valley crossed by the Adige. It is named after the small hamlet of Sabbionara d’Avio, where it is located, some 50 kilometers from Trento. This grand complex belonged to the Casterlbarco famil...

OK, so the Grand Hotel Trento isn't really that grand at all. I mean, yes, it's grand as in big, but it's not grand as in posh or swanky. In fact, it's more than a little shabby around the edges, redolent even of a cheesy Seventies conference venue. The staff are extremely jolly though and - vitally - it's slap dab in the heart of Trento. And since...

Many travelers head to Italy’s northernmost regions for the gorgeous mountain resorts, but the area is also home to fascinating cities that can provide a different take on the Italian experience. In Bolzano and Merano in the South Tyrol you’ll find, despite differences in customs, aesthetics and languages, an engaging hybrid of Germanic and Mediter...