First-time travelers to Italy may be surprised to find such a culinary diversity from region to region. Unlike your typical Italian restaurant in the States, Italian food has much more variety than spaghetti and meatballs or eggplant parmesan. Even though you can find Italian specialties like pizza and tortellini all over Italy, it is well worth sa...

When Daniele Treves came to the Roaring Fork Valley to work at the marble quarry, he didn’t expect to find a host of last names from his home back in the Aosta Valley of Northern Italy. He soon learned, however, that the majority of the early families to stake claims in the area were Italian, and many of those were Aostan. Even those unfamiliar wit...

Valle d’Aosta: “heaven for men, purgatory for women, hell for mules,” but certainly delicious for our palates! Among mountains and castles, up there, in the western-most corner of Italy, the smallest of regions, Valle d’Aosta, winks at us. Stern and strong, but so welcoming and soft, just like one of its most famous dishes, fonduta.  It is the only...

The great German writer of the Age of the Enlightenment, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, once said: “Europe was born on pilgrimage, and its language is Christianity”. That is very true, as European identity and its cultural heritage enjoyed its greatest rise in the Middle Ages, when the Via Francigena, together with the routes towards the Holy Land and San...

Courmayeur is rightly famous for its magnificent slopes, but there's more to this mountain resort than skiing. Travel writer Rachael Martin explores all this town at the foot of Italy's highest peak has to offer. Courmayeur is one of the best-known ski resorts in Valle d’Aosta, the Italian north-western region that borders Switzerland and France. I...

Mascognaz is one of the Ayas Valley’s 35 towns at 1,800 meters of altitude. It is also a wonderful albergo diffuso (a virtual hotel solution with accommodations spread in an area, instead of concentrated in a single building) that belongs to “that ancient world” of the “eternal winter that dominated summer pastures”, so beautifully described by nov...

Aosta may be Italy’s smallest region, but it’s a very, very big deal when it come to winter sports. Home to the “giants of the Alps” with large and small resorts serving Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and other major peaks, Aosta is a must-stop for once-in-a-lifetime or extra-special ski experiences. Besides all the great schussing, Aosta o...

Italy offers the possibility of places to ski even in the month of October, and this thanks to the presence of glaciers on the mountain range of the Alps that delimits the Italian territory to the north. One of these places is Cervinia which is located in Val d’Aosta. Italian Traditions will guide you on the discovery of this magnificent mountain v...

With more than 1.5 million hectares of protected areas (equal to 5% of the national terrain), the 24 Italian national parks make up the country’s green heart. Inside the protected areas nature and its life cycles are preserved and passed down from generation to generation by means of environmental education, initiatives and events that take place a...

Think Italy is all Roman ruins, winding coast and Renaissance architecture? Think again. When your country extends from the Alps to the Mediterranean and has centuries of diverse history, it's sure to hide some unexpected sights. Here are ten photos that you might be surprised to learn were taken in Italy.