All Around Italy

Lerici: secrets, solace and sorrows on the Gulf of Poets

There is something at the heart of Lerici that works on my imagination to create magic as interesting things happened in its world of sand and sea,...

Scirocco and Wind Rose markers in St Peter's Square

When Juno, Queen of Olympus, needed to vent her spleen, she visited Aeolus, god of the winds, on his draughty island off Sicily. Juno was outraged...

Venice locks up its gates to tourists: is this really the right solution?

A couple of weeks ago, we learnt about Florence, right on these pages, right off the pen - well, keyboard - or yours truly. Today, is Venice to...

Five reasons you should include Catania in your next Sicilian trip

We are in that time of the year again. The summer is over, we’re all going back to our daily routines and embracing the comforting colors and sound...

Is Florence declaring war to street food?

This is what many came to think, when the Florence city council emitted an ordinance, which took effect on September 4 and will last until January 6...

San Leo: soaring fortress, a soothsayer and a saint

Rimini has attracted a crowd in August since time immemorial. The internationally renowned summer holiday destination on la Riviera Romagnola is...

Finally… the fall: a trip through Italy, following autumnal traditions

It’s only the 2nd of September, today, yet the sounds and scents of summer seem far. The weather has been helping to get into the mood, treating us...

Mystical allure of scenic Scanno

A slice of paradise was created by a landslide at Mt. Rava a thousand years ago, forming Lake Scanno, a heart-shaped mountain lake 1,050 meters above...

Idyllic Lipari: legends, labor and love amid the azure waters

Even in a country like Italy blessed with immense beauty, the Aeolian Islands are a standout destination. The Aeolian archipelago – a group of seven...

A walk through the streets of a diverse Rome

More than sixty years ago the Italian writer and painter, Carlo Levi, wrote a series of essays about Rome that were published posthumously. These...

At the heart of Milan, a world of water, magic and movida, the Navigli

Stereotypes, stereotypes: we detest them but we can’t live without them, really. In the end, there is always a tiny grain of truth in those common...

The legendary history of l’Isola Tiberina, the heart of Rome

Water: the locus where the world of the seen and the unseen meet, the origin of life, the strongest of protection against enemies, the most melodious...

Italy’s own salotto: la piazza

For Italians, the piazza or square, is not just the architectural space that characterizes cities and villages, but an open air, urban living room...

Ivrea: the last Italian jewel to enter the UNESCO Heritage List

“Industrial city of the 20th century:” this is how Ivrea has been recently introduced to the UNESCO World Heritage List, at the beginning of the...

Rocca Imperiale, the scent of lemons at sea

For a new angle on Italy, ditch the car and try sailing off on the Ionian Sea along the coast off Rocca Imperiale, a bijou-size borgo that just...