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We all know that Italy has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. From North to South, il Belpaese provided some of its most famous buildings, locations and traditions to the famous list, from the Tower …

Dozza Imolese is a quaint village of about 6000, that quietly sits on the rolling pre-Apennine hills outside Bologna. One of FAI’s most beautiful borghi, its name may fail to evoke any memory of important works of art or historical …

Delightful mandolino is a symbol of Neapolitan culture and music that, outside of Italy, came to symbolize the Bel Paese as a whole. Almost two centuries of migration towards all corners of the world, especially of people coming from the …

Twelve years have passed from that tragic night between the 5th and the 6th of April when  a catastrophic earthquake hit Abruzzo, bringing its regional capital, L’Aquila, and a number of other locales, to its knees. Three hundred and nine …

Have you ever heard of Atrani? Well, if you haven’t, you are in for a pleasant surprise.  Located a mere 1/2 mile from Amalfi (I am sure you are familiar with this one!), Atrani is one of  Italy’s Borghi più …

Rome is holy, Turin is esoteric but Naples is the Italian city with the closest relationship with the Otherworld, in all its forms. It’s not because of what is there physically — although, we will see, there are some spots …

When current mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi was elected, she made it quite  clear that banning botticelle was one of her aims. These traditional horse-drawn carriages  are  as romantic as they are, alas, unjust. Throughout the years, episodes of animals …

If you love wine, you know the name Barolo: known as the King of Italian reds, Barolo is a DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, or “controlled and guaranteed designation of origin”) wine produced with Nebbiolo grapes from the …

I think we all agree on this: Palermo is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. Crossroad between East and West, it is a melting pot of cultures, people, flavors and colors. It is reminiscent of the Middle East like no …

Before the pandemic, visiting a place like Florence could be quite an adventure: queues, online bookings – something Italians weren’t, back then, too fond of – school trips, crowds everywhere, people taking pictures at every corner. Honestly, if you wanted …