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Everyone is going mad for Rosolio

Rosolio has enjoyed popularity in Piedmont and Sicily for centuries, drunk by hosts and their guests on special occasions to signify and convey good...

Fig leaves : The great Italian cover-up

Ancient Romans and Greeks adored the human form, sculpting and painting it in all its nude glory. Renaissance artists who followed centuries later...

Urbino’s Renaissance legacy

Birthplace of artist Raphael, home to one of the most beautiful high Renaissance palaces in the country, UNESCO World Heritage site: you’d think the...

The last of the Tuscan cowboys

Maremma, southern Tuscany, is a timeless region with ancient roots. People have thrived here for centuries. From the Etruscans to the Medicis to...

Saving Italy’s monuments one designer handbag at a time

With more Unesco world heritage sites than any other country in the world and a history that spans millennia from the ancient Roman empire via...
Hermitage of San Colombano, Trambileno. Photo by freeteo

Seclusion, solitude and scenic settings: Italy’s hidden monasteries

Ever since Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, Christians have sought solitude as an act of devotion and dedication to peaceful prayer. Devout and...

Celebrating an unusual Italian Easter

Chocolate eggs are stacked high in supermercati, Colomba dove cakes decorate pasticcerie windows and lambs are being made ready for the dining table...
Many see a ride along the Grand Canal in gondola as the epitome of romance.  Photo by lachris77

Decoding Venice’s iconic gondolas

For centuries they were the only way to travel, criss-crossing the shallow lagoon and navigating the city’s iconic canals. Today, whilst Venice’s...

The lemon houses of Lake Garda

Gloriously glamorous villas dot the lakeside. Fearless kite-surfers scoot and skate over the sun-kissed water. And snow-capped mountains tumble...
The first brass cobblestone was laid in front of Cologne City Hall in Germany in 1992 but the project soon spread beyond the German border

Italy’s pietre d’inciampo: the cobblestones that tweak our consciences

Walk through Trastevere or along the Tiber River in Rome, explore the labyrinthine Cannaregio district of Venice or stroll down Viale Montegrappa in...

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