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Beautiful Ustica, an isle that enriched New Orleans and San Francisco 

It was the eve of a fervent celebration planned for the Feast Day of Saint Joseph in 1906 when an earthquake struck the island of Ustica some 72...

A family’ s fairytale and rediscovering one’s roots: The Seven Golden Apples and Robert Cirillo’s journey into his own Italian heritage.

Every child grows up with a favorite fairytale and it’s not always a polished Disney iteration of some traditional story nor, in fact, a classic like...

Porto Empedocle: Andrea Camilleri sure to live on through Inspector Montalbano

I met Andrea Camilleri twice in Milan at the Hotel Manin in the late ’90s. The Sicilian literary phenomenon was not a kid at the time. He was already...

Isola delle Femmine, where the majesty of ‘Joltin’ Joe’ DiMaggio lives on

“ Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you,” Simon and Garfunkel sang in their 1960s song Mrs. Robinson. Baseball...

Ferrazzano: Giovanni Di Niro and the toiling Molisans who made America great

Though ancient, the aerie of Ferrazzano has survived unspoiled into the 21st century. The medieval village of Samnite origin also gave birth to actor...
Members of the Arciconfraternita del Carmine

Faith, tradition, identity: Easter as the symbol of Italy’s own heritage

For Christian Catholics, Holy Week is the most spiritually pregnant moment of the year, even more than Christmastime. But in Italy, this is a time...

Gravina in Puglia, a nexus of antiquity, superstition and hopeful innovation

Deep-rooted cultural and religious rituals are resplendent in Gravina in Puglia , an ancient town sitting timelessly beside one of the many karst...

When Italy becomes Middle Earth: the strange mystery of Ravenna and how a map tells us it inspired Tolkien

I’m not a great fan of the fantasy genre — exception made for a recently discovered love for the Harry Potter saga: yes, I know. I come about 20...

Ortisei: The heavenly mountain peaks of Giorgio Moroder

Magical things happen on mountain peaks. Sometimes they can give birth to gods. The sublime, monumental and spectacular landscapes of Italy’s...

Italy and its top destinations shine at the 2019 New York Times’ Travel Show

Cooking for new destinations to visit or places to return to this year? The New York Times Travel Show has set the 2019 trends for globetrotters by...

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...

Vico Equense and the human touch: Springsteen, Franklin and the Neapolitan Enlightenment

There is an under-the-radar town that has a few secrets up its sleeve. Its name is Vico Equense and dates back to pre-Roman times. The picturesque...

Volterra and alabaster: More than 3,000 years of art in stone

The beautiful walled city of Volterra, an ancient Etruscan town some 45 miles southwest of Florence, is famous for its well-preserved medieval...

Faith, wars and books: the eventful story of the Monte Cassino Abbey

One of the great things about modern libraries that is sometimes taken for granted is the access to books of many cultures and ages they make...

Bisacquino: birthplace of Frank Capra and goat horn-handled knives

Even today, the hilltop village of Bisacquino is a place for those in search of a forceful Sicilian character all its own. Deep in majestic Mount...