Frances Mayes has spent years traveling through Italy and writing about it in her best-selling books like Under the Tuscan Sun. Her latest book, See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover is a travelogue about all the undiscovered and overlooked gems in Italy, which she reveals to us here. Writing See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in...

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...

Italy is dotted with castles from north to south. Perched on top of hills or overlooking the waters of placid lakes, they’re often set in enchanting locations and make for especially romantic destinations. Some have been renovated and converted into fine historic residences, where you can spend a romantic night, transported back to the time when la...

Thursday, March 7, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST. Location: The Italian Cultural & Community Center - 1101 Milford St, Houston, TX 77006. $10 ICCC Members | $15 Non-members. Get tickets here Draped across the high Alps, where Italy, Austria and Switzerland collide and their cultures blur, Italy’s northernmost region is a major draw for holiday-makers...

The largest mountain group in the Dolomites, and arguably one of the most beautiful, the Pale di San Martino extend for 240 square km in eastern Trentino and part of the province of Belluno in Veneto, northern Italy. They formed 300 million years ago, and today they are the setting of a much beloved tourist area. The Pale are mountains of coral ori...

In the Passo Paradiso winter sports station at an altitude of 2,600 metres (8,500 feet), instruments still at times spontaneously implode due to the brittleness of the ice, but less frequently. And when they do, it’s not altogether a lost cause. “Then you know you’re as close to the edge of ice music as you can get,” Linhart said. Here, the artist...

The clay deposits found in Trentino influenced the establishment of ceramic-tiled stove production in certain geographical areas, amply documented by historians, from the 14th century until the mid-19th century. Sfruz, Vermilion and Molina di Fiemme seem to have been the towns most specialised in the production of stoves; in other areas, such as in...

The collective sound of millions of corks popping draws near, signaling that it must be New Year’s Eve once again. With sparkling wine becoming increasingly popular, the options are endless. Instead of reaching for the tried-and-tested Champagne, venture over to Italy and discover the delicious sparkling wines that this country has to offer. Though...

That of the nativity scene is a tradition strongly rooted in the culture and society of Italy. It is considered to date back to year 1223, when San Francesco is credited to have created in the village of Greccio the “presepe” by reconstructing the nativity scene with living animals and real people. The first known nativity, with reconstruction of t...

Certainly not lacking for cultural excellence, Italy is not only the cradle of Roman, Renaissance and Baroque art, but it also plays a rather important role in the international modern and contemporary art scenes. Museums, galleries, cultural institutions and the artists themselves are organized into collectives: art in Italy follows the flux of ev...