The eerie sight of empty streets in Italy's usually packed city centres returned this weekend after strict new rules came into force. The streets in Milan, Turin, and other cities within the country's four 'red zone' regions have been almost empty as movement was strictly curtailed from Friday. Under the new three-tier system of restrictions, Calab...

There are many great spots across the world to gaze at the stars. The International Dark Sky Association (IDSA) lists 130 locations, including three that were added in the USA last year (in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah). One notable omission, if you browse the sites on the IDSA’s map, is Italy.  Now, though, the country has an officially recognized...

Un’astronave interrata nel Chianti fiorentino. Una tartaruga nel cuore della campagna umbra. Una bolla di vetro sui colli piemontesi. Dalla Maremma alle Langhe passando per il Veneto e la Sicilia, il fenomeno delle cantine d'autore ha conquistato tante delle case vinicole del Bel Paese. Le nuove ‘cattedrali del vino’, firmate dai grandi nomi dell’a...

Castles, snow-capped mountains, Roman history and food: a road trip in Aosta Valley, Italy’s smallest region, offers this, plus plenty of fun for the keen driver, who will enjoy the mountain roads with their hairpin bends, climbs and tunnels.  The three-day itinerary we present here starts at Bard Fort, a fortified complex built in the 19th century...

Saturday, August 1st • 10:00am EST. Learn how to vacation as the Italians do! Join Beatrice as she explores the various vacations Italy has to offer. Register Here. Once you register, you will receive the link to join the chat the night before the event. Guest speaker: Annamaria Sorrentino, President & Founder of Shop Wine and Dine Italy is home to...

I’m squashed in among a group of elderly ladies hustling for space at the counter of Panizzi. In front of us, shopkeeper Marcello is scurrying around, distributing slices and scoops as he splits glorious gold and white hunks of dairy into containers. He spots me and approaches with a board laden with fontina, a semi-soft cheese that’s a local speci...

The clock is ticking for Europe’s mountain areas. Demographic change through economic migration and declining birth rates mean many hillside towns face slow motion decline. But an EU project in Italy's Aosta Valley region has come to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative seeks to protect vulnerable people living in mountain communit...

The medieval borgo of Etroubles deserves particular attention. A walk through old cobblestone streets, beautiful fountains from which the fresh water coming from the Vélan mountain flows, recently restored old houses made in local stone with roof tiled with lose, the local slate, the bell tower and the nineteenth-century church with frescoes: the i...

On your trip to the Italian peninsula, you can certainly not miss an in-depth tour of the Aosta Valley. The Aosta Valley region is a border region, rich in natural beauty and monuments, witnesses of an ancient and glorious history. We have prepared a list of the most important places to see, to allow you to face this new adventure in the best way....

The Castel Savoia Alpine Botanical Garden is located in the park of Castel Savoia, the villa of Queen Margherita di Savoia, a mountain and mountaineering enthusiast, in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, in the Lys Valley, in the Aosta Valley, at 1350 meters of altitude. The whole area, now a regional property, is often the venue for exhibitions and events, and...