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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...
 Mantua's Tortelli di Zucca. Photo by marcomayer

Mantua, European capital of gastronomy 2017

C ombining simple, local ingredients with tradition, a dash of history and never-ending love Mantuan cuisine is known as the food of princes and...

Giorgio Perlasca, the Italian Schindler

His story was so incredible that even his wife didn’t believe it. And if it hadn’t been for a group of Hungarian women, no-one would ever have known...

New Year Traditions in Italy

From scarlet undies to pig’s trotters, fireworks to fearless bridge divers or tombola to fat ox parades, Italians love to celebrate the New Year with...
Umbria is much more than just chocolate and churches

Discovering Five Hidden Gems in Southern Umbria

Bordered by Tuscany to the west, Le Marche to the east and Lazio to the south the central region of Umbria is the only one without a coastline or to...
Ancient Roman Baths of Neptune Mosaic Floors Ostia Antica Ruins Rome Italy Excavation of Ostia, ancient Roman port, next to airport. Was port for Rome until 5t— Photo by billperry

Ostia Antica: The “Pompeii of Rome”

Over two and a half million visitors flock annually to Pompeii to marvel at the ancient Roman city caught in time. But just half an hour outside Rome...

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