Here we go again: Valentine's Day is here and you still don't know where to spend a weekend or just a romantic night with your soulmate, right? No fear! In this special Hidden Gems Love Edition we lead you to discover some of the most beautiful romantic places to visit in Italy - is there any other better occasion than Valentine's? In this article...

The mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026 were revealed to the world on Wednesday (7 February) at the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy. Tina and Milo - two stoat siblings distinguished by their different coloured coats - will represent the Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games 2026 respectively. Their...

Italy’s fair Verona extends beyond her fame for being the city of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Verona was nicknamed piccola Roma (little Rome) thanks to its importance during the Roman times, Verona was established as a Roman settlement in 89 BC. With its long history and so much on offer, I’ve gathered 26 best things to do in Verona. My top...

A snowshoe hike through snow-covered forests and views of the Belluno Dolomites between Auronzo and Misurina, and a visit to Vigo and Lozzo di Cadore, smaller towns but full of interesting and original activities. Here are some ideas for enjoying the territory of the Tre Cime Dolomiti Tourist Consortium in Veneto to the fullest. This isn’t where yo...

With family celebrations taking up the winter holidays and the summer a perennial struggle to mesh everyone’s schedules, spring break in Italy can be a great alternative. Schools generally close at least once between March and April, and stay closed for a week (or slightly longer, if you count two weekends); flights are often cheaper during these s...

As Carnevale approaches in the runup to Lent and then Easter, Italy comes alive with festivals in February. In the US the biggest such event is New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, but in Italy many cities have their own versions as they celebrate the last fling before Lent puts an end to fun and self-indulgence, ushering in the reflection and gravity of prepa...

You’ve seen images of it, and perhaps, you’ve been intrigued by it all. The masks and millions of people, the spectacle and overindulgence, but what exactly is Venice Carnival? Let’s get to know this age-old, pre-Lent mega party a little bit better. Exploring the history of Venice Carnival and its curiosities means embarking on a journey into th...

Deliciously appealing, Stanley Tucci has returned to Italy this month to film an all-new, 10-episode TV series for National Geographic network that celebrates food and travel in the land of his ancestors. It is tentatively titled Tucci: The Heart of Italy. Pairing Nat Geo’s renowned expertise—creating stunning photography and evocative narratives—w...

Venice? It's a twisted grid of history, all charm. Think St. Mark's Square, Grand Basilica, Doge's Palace. Rialto Bridge? Shopper's haven, killer views. Bridge of Sighs, dark history. Prisoners saw Venice last here. Salute Basilica next, haunting, plague-born. Teatro La Fenice? Opera, fire tales. The Arsenal, old naval might, now Biennale's canvas....

Colorful houses that stand by the banks of the river, alleys that host cafès, restaurants and tourist apartments, a green and rich natural landscape all around and an ancient bridge, which silently crosses the waters leading to the gates of a majestic castle. No, it's not the beginning of a fairy tale, it's reality: we are in Borghetto sul Mincio,...