December is the month that opens the door to the Christmas season, one of the most beautiful times of the year to spend in Italy due to its wide variety of offerings from north to south, including Christmas markets and lights, visits to ancient villages and medieval castles, and of course the sunny landscapes and crystal-clear waters of southern It...

Until a few years ago, I’d never seen the silvery, luminous Dolomites — a subsection of the Alps located in the northernmost region of Italy known as the South Tyrol. I later discovered that the Dolomites were indeed enchanting, but to my surprise, so were the nearby towns in the valleys below. Bordering Austria and Switzerland, the South Tyrol is...

As the first snow falls on the surrounding mountain peaks and the temperatures slowly begin to drop, a period begins in the town of Merano Christmas market that for many is a true experience for all the senses: Advent. The city is tinted in typical Christmas colours and the unique atmosphere of the Merano Christmas market makes it all the more spec...

Both inhabitants and tourists, call Merano “Pearl of the Alto Adige”. It is a lively city, where 40.000 both German and Italian mother tongue residents share different languages and customs. What comes out is a particular lifestyle that join not only languages but also cooking, culture and customs. Living in Merano like a local means to catch the e...

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, also known as the Gardens of Sissi, in honor of the beloved Austrian empress who stayed there several times from 1870, are located in Merano, on a large sun-kissed amphitheater, occupying a sloping area of 12 hectares. Opened in 2001, they bring together 80 botanical environments, including landscapes, themed...

Christmas markets, light shows and old traditions: all across Italy there are many events planned for the Christmas and New Year period: here we have chosen the most interesting suggestions for you. The very first traditional Christmas markets date back to around the 14th century in Germany and Alsace and then spread along the Alps, including Italy...

Travelling to Italy in December offers a unique set of experiences and destinations to choose from: art cities, museums, Christmas markets, top-notch ski resorts and much more. VisitItaly selected 5 destinations for a perfect Italian winter trip, between traditional foods, history and unmissable events. There will be less tourists than in the high...

The month of November can be an ideal time of the year for a holiday in Italy. The low season makes every destination lower cost than usual, as well as providing the advantage of being able to better enjoy the artistic and natural beauty of the Peninsula in a quieter and less congested by great tourism. Here are some recommended destinations for an...

The Italian gardens are some of the most beautiful sights to behold. There is the Italian Renaissance garden, a style that emerged in the late 15th century at villas in Rome and France. The style is an inspiration of the Italian traditional ideology of beauty. The landscape and view of the gardens are incredible. One can enjoy the sounds, smells, a...