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Rieti and the Holy Valley

Rieti and the Holy Valley

Rieti is the place where Saint Francis was inspired for his encyclical "Laudato si" and where he started his spiritual journey through the Holy...
Basilica of St. Benedict - photo by atesevich

Central Italy: hope is stronger than the earthquake

Norcia: a cradle of tradition and art, a symbol of western culture, home to Saint Benedict father of monasticism and patron saint of Europe. Norcia:...
 The Alps are the highest and largest mountain range in Europe, and stretch across eight countries, including Italy, France and Switzerland. Photo by Krasnevsky

Valtellina: Discovering the Italian Alpine Life

In the northernmost part of Italy, bordering the majestic, snowcapped Swiss Alps, is a valley called Valtellina , long known for the quality of its...
From late November until Christmas Eve back in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, the typical Christmas market. It is one of the oldest markets of Germany, which boasts 500 years of history. You can find furniture for the Christmas tree and the Nativity— Photo by salvo77_na

The Language and Traditions of Christmas

You can find bigger Christmas trees and more extravagant decorations in the United States, but nothing looks, tastes, feels or sounds like la...
Postignano is located near Assisi, on a wooded hill that gives visitors a breathtaking view of the land all around

Village of Postignano, a medieval jewel restored to its original beauty

Some have considered it the result of an extraordinary work. Others have called it “the rebirth of a little gem”. Nevertheless, what happened to...
A Stroll Through Orvieto, the “City in the Sky”

A Stroll Through Orvieto, the “City in the Sky”

Victoria tours the Etruscan and medieval town in Umbria . Orvieto sits on an impressive outcropping of volcanic tufa stone. Settled by the Etruscans...
A stroll in the woods near the Basilica in Assisi

Assisi: tranquil stroll in the woods near the Basilica

Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, is a picturesque town in the province of Perugia within the region of Umbria. The stunning Basilica...
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Spoleto: fall in love with Umbria’s most artistic and musical town

Nestled in the country side in the hilly region of Umbria , in the province of Perugia, Spoleto is a lovely town, rich in history and with an amazing...
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...
Early mosaic of Saint Ambrose (378 ca.) that might be an actual portrait

Milan of Ambrose: ‘Where a man’s heart is, there is also his treasure’

St. Ambrose died in 397 but the world of Ambrogio lives on today in Milan. He was mourned by thousands at his funeral on a snowy night. Women sang...
In Trentino Alto Adige on December 6th, a large number of animal-like people called Krampus runs in the streets, followed by Saint Nicholas, who protects onlookers from their violence

Beyond Presepi and Mercatini: curious Christmas traditions of Italy

That of presepe is, very likely, Italy’s best known Christmas tradition: it is popular from north to south and it is indissolubly tied to one of the...
Welcome to Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy!

Welcome to Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy!

Umbria is described as being located in the heart of Italy and with neither a coastline or a border with a foreign country, it is also the only...
Florence Cathedral from Giotto's bell tower — Photo by elleonzebon

On top of the world, on top of Florence’s Duomo!

Florence’s cathedral—Santa Maria del Fiori, or simply il Duomo , as it is known to the Florentines, is a fantastic piece of architecture. Every time...
Let’s go to le Marche: Frontone and the Castle!

Let’s go to Le Marche: Frontone and the Castle!

Studentessa Matta takes us for a visit in Le Marche region. A unique place to discover... Le Marche is a beautiful region of Italy that is bordered...

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