All Around Italy

A Venetian Carnevale: the Marega family and the mascareri tradition

There are two words that truly define the essence of Italian Carnevale : the first is maschera , or mask; the second is — of course — Venezia. While...
Temple of Neptune. Paestum archaeological site in Italy— Photo by Dogstock

Cilento: Ancient, artisanal and authentic

Compared to the Amalfi Coast, its bustling neighbor in the province of Salerno, Cilento might seem like land that time forgot. Long stretches of its...

The heart and soul of Naples: history and poetry of the Quartieri Spagnoli

“Napule è mille culure, Napule è mille paure, Napule è a voce d’ ‘e creature che saglie chiano chianu e tu saje ca nun si sulo:” Naples is a thousand...
View of the promenade in the downtown of Alghero, Sardinia. Photo by AlKan32

Alghero, a small Barcelona in Italy

Barcellonetta, an Italian term meaning small and pretty Barcelona, is the nickname for the city of Alghero, on the Northern coast of Sardinia dating...
At Libreria Acqua Alta, books used and new alike are showcased on all kinds of unorthodox "shelves" such as small rowing boats, gondolas, canoes and even bathtubs

Unexpected Venice: the secret Venice most don't know

Venice is one of Italy’s top travel destinations and always strikes a chord with those visiting it, but while the main sights are definitely worth...
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...
Cervia (Ra), Romagna, the old saline of etruscan origin and some of the tools for harvesting salt. Copyright : Mario Bonotto

Italy's White Gold: The "Sweet" Salt of Cervia

Cervia, the ancient city along Italy's Adriatic coastline was once called Ficolce, and as legend has it, the name derived from Ficol, the mighty...

Three Tuscan “P” excursions not to miss

After all the fabulous exhibits one can see in the heart of Florence, it is possible that a little fresh air in the countryside might just be the...

Northern Italy’s Krampus runs: the devilish parades of Yuletide

Oh the delights of Christmas in an Italian village with all its endearing traditions! Twinkling lights, carols floating on air, the revered nativity...

The death of Venice: la Serenissima sinks in neglect

There’s something heart-wrenching in witnessing art, architecture, beauty, being damaged and defiled. T here’s that dull ache at the pit of the...

Roma Caput Mundi… and cinema! The most iconic movie location of Italy’s capital

Roma, the head of the world: that’s what our ancestors used to say and that’s what our title is about. The city has been going through some difficult...

Caltagirone, a stairway to heaven

Brimming with cultural vigor, strength and resilience, Caltagirone is the heart of the authentic, wild southeastern Sicily. The scenic town is a...

Ferrara, “la città del silenzio:” stories and curiosities of the first truly European city

Ferrara, loderò le tue vie piane/grandi come fiumane,/che conducono all’infinito chi va solo col suo pensiero ardente: I shall praise your flat...

Getting paid to start a business? Yes, if you do it in Molise

How many of you are familiar with Molise? Probably not many, to be honest. And it’s a real pity, because this tiny region at the heart of the Bel...

76th Venice Film Festival: a red carpet for Venezia

It is the oldest cinema event in the world after the Oscars. Its 76 editions do not only show the way contemporary visual arts evolved, but also how...