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Abruzzo

Region of Abruzzo

The name Abruzzo appears to derive from the Latin form Aprutium. The name Aprutium, however, was not in use in Roman times when the region was known at various times as Picenum, Sabina et Samnium, Flaminia et Picenum and/or Campania et Samnium. This region was known as Aprutium in...
Venice

Three of Most Photogenic and Romantic sites in Venice

Venice is one of the most romantic spots on earth to take your significant other. Famous for its breathtaking views and iconic canals which run through the city, Venice is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. As we continue to live in the thick of...
Val d'Orcia, Siena

Images of Tuscany

Tuscany was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and its artistic heritage includes architecture, painting and sculpture, collected in dozens of museums, the best-known of which is the Uffizi and the Bargello in Florence, but also in many other towns and cities in the region. Tuscany was the birthplace...
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Budget Travel Guide to Backpacking in Italy

Venice The number one aim of anyone visiting Venice should be to get lost. The island is a rabbit warren with small streets haphazardly linking the beautiful architecture. Attempting to use a map will only add to new-city-confusion you so throw any form of agenda out the window. A good point...
Trentino-Alto Adige

Region of Trentino-Alto Adige

Trentino-Alto Adige is something of an anomaly: a mixed German-Italian region, much of which has only been part of Italy since 1919. Before then Alto Adige was known as the South Tyrol and was part of Austria. At the end of World War I, Austria ceded South Tyrol to the...
Rialto Bridge Grand Canal

Venice: La Serenissima

Venice: The Most Serene I cannot remember when I first heard of, or learnt about, La Serenissima, but it would have been many years before my first visit. Of course this is the same with many places. We know the names Oklahoma, or Siberia, or Tokyo, without going there, but...

Italy’s Best-Kept Secret: The Small Town Where People Live to Over 100

In the southwestern corner of Italy, there is a small port town on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea called Acciaroli.
Campania

Region of Campania

The region immediately south of Lazio, Campania, marks the real beginning of the Italian south or mezzogiorno. It's the part of the south too, perhaps inevitably, that most people see, as it's easily accessible from Rome and home to some of the area's (indeed Italy's) most notable features -...
Monte Amiata

Monte Amiata: Southern Tuscany’s Highest Mountain

About Monte Amiata In these days of wild and violent volcanic eruptions - Etna, Stromboli, and (who knows when?) Vesuvius - it is reassuring to come across a tame, almost extinct, Volcano. Monte Amiata, the highest mountain in southern Tuscany (1791 metres), is just that. There is sufficient activity to...
rome at night

Images of Rome

Rome is located in the central-western portion of the Italian peninsula, where the river Aniene joins the Tiber. According to legend, the city of Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus on April 21, 753 BC. Archaeological evidence supports claims that the city was inhabited since the...
aosta valley

Region of Aosta Valley

Fringed by Europe's highest mountains, Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, veined with valleys and studded with castles, Valle d'Aosta is undeniably picturesque. The central Aosta valley cuts right across the region, following the River Dora to the foot of Mont Blanc on the French border. Along the river...
Tropea

Tropea: One of the pearls of the Mediterranean

Tropea is situated midway along the Costa degli Dei - the coast of the Gods - a 40 kilometre coastline stretching from Pizzo in the north to Nicotera in the south that juts into the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is a land of white sandy beaches and turquoise sea, the...
riposo

Living The Dream: Why Italians Have The Right Idea About Riposo

Embrace the Italian tradition of naps, or riposo, and you could find that you feel not only more refreshed and alert, but that you also experience long term health benefits
Puglia

Region of Puglia – Apulia

Puglia was for centuries a strategic province, colonized, invaded and conquered (like its neighbors, Calabria and Sicily) by just about every major power of the day, from the Greeks through to the Spanish. As elsewhere in the South, each ruling dynasty left its own distinctive mark on the landscape and...
navigli

Milano by Night

Guide to some of the most trendy clubs and bars in Milan Besides its wonderful Navigli and Porta Ticinese night life, for those in search for fun, Milano by night proposes many clubbing venues; open from 11pm to 4am, although many already start with pre-party dinners. Many of the...
portofino

Images of Portofino

The town crowded round its small harbour is considered to be among the most beautiful Mediterranean ports. According to Pliny the Elder, Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. More...
seagulls-venice

Seagulls over Italy

What is surprising is the increasing presence of seagulls in Italian cities, a phenomenon which was practically unknown 100 years ago. Just imagine; in 1912 birdwatchers (yes, they do exist in Italy) joyfully reported the passage of just one Herring Gull over Rome! Today the presence of these birds...
Piedmont

Region of Piedmont – Piemonte

Many of the dishes in Piedmont's (Piemonte) swankiest restaurants derive from the tables of the Piemontese aristocracy, in particular the Savoy dukes and kings who ruled the region from the eleventh century, making Turin their capital in 1574. Their presence is clearly visible today in the grandiose architecture of...
Near Teatro romano di Verona

Italy’s Top 10 Must See Destinations

Our top 10 Italy destinations Italy has much history to be found in its beautiful cities and crisp green countryside, with a superb public transport system to facilitate this (particularly with regards to the train system). Each and every year, millions of tourists flock to the countries beaches, lakes, mountains...
retire in italy

The Numerous Benefits Of Retiring To Italy

Retiring abroad to exotic locations appeals to many retirees, and Italy is a top choice for many.

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