Giulia Franceschini

We don’t want to be controversial with that title, we are just stating the results of the annual survey carried out by Italian magazine Italia Oggi, in collaboration with the Università La Sapienza, in Rome. Parma was selected as the city with the best …

Venezia è unica, there isn’t a place in the world like Venice. But some corners of Italy are blessed with similar allure, if not with the same grandeur and majesty: Comacchio is one of such corners. This town of about 23,000 is located …

What’s the most infamous family in Italian history? Well, the Borgias, of course. Of Spanish origin, the Borgias were known for two things, their power, and their immorality, even though the latter has been largely constructed in the centuries after their …

The Colosseum is a symbol of Rome and Italy, with which everyone is familiar, even those who’ve never visited us. It is majestic and grandiose, as its name suggests, but also reassuring in a way: just like an old friend or a …

Our readers are familiar with the 1 Euro homes frenzy that has taken Italy by storm in the past three years. Italophiles around the world have been enticed by the opportunity to snatch village-center, traditionally-built properties for the price of a coffee …

When we think of glass and crystal in Italy, thoughts immediately go to Venice, and rightly so. However, we shouldn’t discount another important tradition, that of Tuscany. In fact, Florence was known for its glass and crystal production already during the Renaissance, when glassmakers …

Leonardo da Vinci is possibly, along with Michelangelo and Dante, the most famous name in Italian art. His ingenuity didn’t only give us some of the most iconic paintings in the world – the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, …

Montecatini Terme is, perhaps, the most famous among all spa towns in Italy. Its historical and natural importance, as well as fame, are such that it became part of the UNESCO World Heritage as one of Europe’s great spa towns. Located …

When we think of Italian history, thoughts fly to Rome and the Renaissance, certainly not to the very early centuries – or should we say, millennia – of Humankind’s own existence, prehistory.  To put it very simply, we tend to draw …

Coral is a mesmerizing material: it is alive, it belongs to the sea and, just like everything that comes from water – like pearls, sea shells, and Venus, the goddess of Beauty and Love – it has something ancestral and magical. …