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Italy: Beauty Beyond Postcards

Italy is a country rich in culture and history that should be unveiled to the entire international public: too often tourists only end up visiting...

Be my Cicerone, guide me through Arpino

In so many ways, the Romans are ingrained in our ways of thinking. Many of our fundamental thoughts about life have been shaped and tested by the...
The Bravio delle botti (Bravio of the barrels) is an annual race held in the Italian town of Montepulciano since 1974, replacing an equivalent horserace dating back to 1373. Photo: metina.it

Montepulciano – Tuscany’s Medieval Gem

Where the sunrise lifts swirling rounds of swallows skyward over ancient terra-cotta to announce the day, and cobbled streets host the daily walk of...
Isle of females near Palermo - Photo by Magati

"L'isola delle Femmine" a place to discover in Sicily

"L`Isola dele Femmine" is located north-western of Sicily, despite its name, which can be translated in English as "The Island of Women”. The town is...

One Hundred Years of Italian Summers

The coming of Summer brings to each and every one of us different emotions: for school kids, it is synonym with holidays and mornings spent in bed...

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...

Almonds from Sicily: A delicious taste all their own

California may have a lock on the production of almonds—the state produces more than 80 percent of the world’s supply—but if you have never tasted an...

San Fratello: Rough and authentic Sicily

“More than 5,000 people currently in the U.S. are of San Fratello origin,” says Professor Salvatore Mangione, historian and former mayor of San...

The bewitched borghi of Riviera dei Fiori

I brought with me a little sachet of salt, a time-honored remedy to ward off evil spirits, when visiting two Medieval borghi on La Riviera dei Fiori...
Boats at Lacco Ameno harbour , Ischia island in Italy — Photo by araraadt

Ischia: Italy’s Enchanting Green Island

Who doesn’t dream of traveling the world, lounging on a sun-kissed beach with a drink in hand, taking trips to new and exotic places every day to see...

The eternal enchantment of the Eternal City: The Rome you Don’t Expect (Part III)

Little-known stories of the eternal city, of its artists and popes, families and colorfully clad armies. Through centuries of anecdotes, our short...

Back to the Land of Explorers (Part I): Columbus and Genoa

If there is one reason why Italian Americans are especially proud of their ethnic roots, it is because Italy happened to be the birthplace of the...
The contrada of Valdimontone (Valley of the Ram) parade through the streets of Siena in preparation for the Palio April 28, 2013 in Siena, Italy. — Photo by _fla

Siena the Time Machine

If you stand in the middle of Piazza de Campo in Siena early in the morning, you’ll have a strange sensation. Empty and quiet, this perfectly...

“One Day in Naples” with Photographer Flavia Loreto

“Vedi Napoli e poi muori” - "See Naples and die": an Italian saying of unknown origin and authorship perfectly represents what visiting Naples might...

Crossing Ponte della Maddalena, the “Devil's Bridge” near Lucca

Among the many ancient bridges that have populated European cities and hamlets during the past millennium, a few of them appeared so mysterious and...

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