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Christmas market in Bolzano with lights and decorations— Photo by AntonioGravante

Finding the Christmas spirit in markets around Italy

Christmas time. Children love it: as the days go by and the 25th approaches they can hardly wait to see what Santa is going to leave underneath the...

Bracciano: Where Modern Meets Medieval

Close your eyes. Imagine walking down winding, cobbled lanes that slope increasingly downward, wandering away from the cream and mustard colored...
Portrait Of Lorenzo The Magnificent, Agnolo Bronzino, 1560, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Inside the Medici Chapels, the “Masters of Florence”‘s Mausoleum

It has been just a few weeks since the Italian media coverage began to be monopolized by the success of the new TV series Medici: Masters of Florence...
Hadrian's Villa - Photo by alessandro0770

Walking in the emperor’s footsteps: Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli

Most Roman emperors liked to get out of Rome every now and then. Julius Caesar, Nero and Caligula favoured Baiae in Campania, enjoying its mild...
Kathy McCabe, the host of “Dream of Italy” on PBS

Kathy McCabe Dreaming of Italy

Blonde-haired, creator of the Dream of Italy newsletter and PBS travel series, doesn’t look Italian—nor does her name sound Italian. But the first...
The Greek Theatre is without question the most important feature for sight-seers in Taormina — Photo by samot

Where Greece and Rome once met: Taormina

If you’re an ancient history buff, or if you took Classics in college, you may remember that on one faithful day, sometimes between the 7th and the...
Florence Cathedral from Giotto's bell tower — Photo by elleonzebon

On top of the world, on top of Florence’s Duomo!

Florence’s cathedral—Santa Maria del Fiori, or simply il Duomo , as it is known to the Florentines, is a fantastic piece of architecture. Every time...
Piedmont Gavi Cortese: Between the Mountains and the Sea

Piedmont Gavi Cortese: Between the Mountains and the Sea

Piedmont Gavi Cortese: Between the Mountains and the Sea
As Founder and CEO, Cassandra bills herself as a “personal trip planner and expert in slow-travel and authentic experiences throughout Italy. Photo by Maria Riazanova

Entrepreneurship Opens The Door To Heritage and a Dual Life

Is New York the most Italian city in the United States? For over one hundred years her harbors and airports have accepted (though not always welcomed...
Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy.— Photo by aallm

Confessions of a Piazzalina

"What do you miss most about Italy?” I asked my first Italian teacher in San Francisco many years ago. “ La piazza ,” she said so wistfully that I...
Castelvetro di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Photo courtesy of Francesco Ferrarini

A tale from the homeland of Italian sparkling red wine

Italy, a country well-known for its beauty, hides undiscovered neighborhoods far from the typical touristic routes. In Emilia Romagna, the region...
Details of Palazzo Ducale on Piazza Castello in Mantua - Italy— Photo by fedevphoto

Mantua: Italian Capital of Culture 2016

Before this year is over, we must talk about Mantua. Every year the Italian government chooses a city to be the Italian Capital of Culture, during...
The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the main tourist attractions in Rome.— Photo by GekaSkr

Secret History of Italy: the Prisons of Castel Sant’Angelo

When visiting Rome, I like staying close to the Vatican: there’s something magic in seeing “il cupolone” first thing in the morning that I wouldn’t...
White Truffle from Alba (Piedmont). Photo by Duchesse

Truffle time in Italy: Alba and other Festivals

Truffle lovers the world over look forward to truffle time in Italy. The Piedmont town of Alba is renown for its celebration which has been held...
Detail of the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy.— Photo by tan4ikk

The great Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was a genius and his eye for extracting human, animal and spiritual forms from slabs of marble was nothing short of amazing. His...

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