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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...
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...

Region of Umbria

Within its borders Umbria contains a dozen or so classic hill-towns, each resolutely individual and crammed with artistic and architectural treasures to rival bigger and more famous cities. To the east, pastoral countryside gives way to more rugged scenery, none better than the dramatic twists and turns of the...

Region of Sardinia

A little under 200km from the Italian mainland, slightly more than that from the North African coast at Tunisia, Sardinia is way off most tourist itineraries of Italy: D.H. Lawrence found it exotically different when he passed through here in 1921 - "lost", as he put it, "between Europe...
Villa Adriana Tivoli

The Call to My Adventure in Italy

Why travel? Why to Italy? A friend handed me a book one day. “Here,” she said. “A gift,” she said. “It’s magic.” I felt a tingle as I touched the cover, presaging what would indeed be my reaction as I began reading. For days, for weeks, I pored over the book, immersed...

Region of Basilicata

Culturally impoverished, underdeveloped and - owing to emigration - sparsely populated, Basilicata was long considered only good for taxation, and even then it was mismanaged. Although agriculture was systematized to an extent when these land formed a part of Magna Graecia, by the time the Normans arrived there was...

It is in Italy where I feel most alive

Why Italy? It's not what you think! This is a question I am asked often when people find out I have been leading writing and culture tours to Italy since 2008. The answer is many-fold and layered, and involves far more than something as clichéd as "the countryside / the...
amalfi coast

Images of Amalfi Coast

The towns lying on the Amalfi Coast are Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Atrani, Amalfi, Praiano, Scala and Positano. The area is known for its rugged terrain, scenic beauty, and picturesque towns. The Amalfi Coast is listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site. The Amalfi coast...

Images of Florence

Florence lies on the Arno River and has a population of around 400,000 people, plus a suburban population in excess of 200,000 persons. The greater area has some 956,000 people. A center of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance...

How to choose the best beaches of Sardinia

A colourful point of view! Do you know why Sardinia is one of the most voted destinations for beach vacation? Why are Sardinian Hotels so special? 3 points are enough to answer the question: 1. Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean sea and one of the most ancient lands in...

Region of Tuscany

Tuscany is like a picture that has long held an irresistible attraction for northern Europeans and Americans. The expat's perspective may be distorted, but Tuscany is indeed the essence of Italy in many ways. The national language evolved from Tuscan dialect, a supremacy ensured by Dante, who wrote the...

Recover the Romance in vacation villas in Italy

Vacation Villas in Italy are the Perfect Cure for Bedroom Blues When the old bedroom blues have you feeling down, sometimes the best cure is a change of scenery, and nothing is more romantic than a trip for two to rediscover your attraction against the breathtaking backdrop of the Italian...
Cinque Terre

Visiting Italy on a budget

A brief guide on how to plan an affordable vacation to Italy The richness of Italian life is an irresistible lure - from its cuisine and architecture to its fashion and art. Unfortunately, indulging in all that the country has to offer can take its toll on even the most...

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...

Free Sardinia Travel Guide

As it usually happens to most Italian regions, Sardinia is mainly described as a summer destination and it is hard to get a clear picture of the island when relying only on incomplete or poor descriptions. Sardinia boasts the largest Italian coastal development, and indeed its heavenly beaches are its...

Images of Pompeii

Pompeii is a ruined Roman city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. It was destroyed, and completely buried, during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD. The volcano buried Pompeii under many...

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...

Map of Italy

Interactive map of Italy and Europe This map of Italy allows you to view the country in several ways including satellite view, street view, and standard road map view.

Region of Molise

Much of Molise still seems to be struggling out of its past, its towns and villages victims of either economic neglect or hurried modern development. The cities, Isernia and Campobasso, are large and bland, rebuilt after earthquakes and fringed with factories erected by northern money that has been lured here...
Emilia Romagna

Region of Emilia-Romagna

Set between Lombardy and Tuscany, and stretching from the Adriatic coast almost to the shores of the Mediterranean, Emilia-Romagna is the heartland of northern Italy. It is two provinces really: Emilia to the east and the Romagna to the west - the former Papal States, joined together after Unification. Before...

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