Rome seems designed for summer. Unlike business-oriented Milan, which melts in the heat, the Eternal City comes into its own between mid-June and early September when the piazzas and vicoli (cobbled lanes) of the centre become open-air living rooms once the cool of the evening has descended, while concerts and foodie events pop up all over. August is traditionally the month when Rome empties as locals flee to the beach – but the summer movida continues, making this a good time to visit if you can take the plus-30C daytime temperatures. [...]
In the third episode of Dream of Italy (new PBS travel series), we go to the green heart of Italy- Umbria. In Perugia, host Kathy McCabe In Perugia, we meet two women carrying on their family traditions — Maddalena Forenza creating stained glass and Marta Cucchia and her handmade textiles. Just outside Perugia, at the Perugina Chocolate School, chocolate maestro Massimiliano Guidubaldi teaches host Kathy McCabe to make the famous Baci candy. [...]
From the North to the South, Italy boasts amazing National Parks, just waiting for you to discover them. Here is a selection of the 10 most beautiful National parks in Italy you can visit next weekend, or on your upcoming summer holidays. [...]
Culture, Climate, Food: Three Great Reasons to Live in Italy. In Le Marche, got to Urbino, Raphael’s birthplace, and also Ascoli Piceno. It has palaces, towers and one of Italy’s most beautiful marble squares. [...]
Couples in Italy searching for a lovers' lane no longer need to park at some shady spot in the woods or drive up to some remote lookout to fool around — there's now a guarded car park for that! Love Parking is a seductive business set up in the southern Italian city of Naples, where the streets are not known for being particularly safe for late-night spates of lovemaking, [...]
There is no such thing as Italy. Doesn’t exist. I don’t care what they say – it’s not a country. Most countries have little differences that seem big to them and small to outsiders, but saying you’re going to Italy is like saying you’re going to America. Which America? Alaska or Honolulu? I rarely plan to go, always assuming Italy will be there waiting for me in later years, but thankfully keep ending up back there through work or the generosity of friends. That has meant staying in little residential apartments in Alghero, voluptuous villas in the Tuscan hills, three-star superstars in Rome, hotels run by concierges in Florence, and everything from a caravan on the Amalfi cliffs to what might be the world’s greatest hotel by Lake Garda. In just over a year last year that meant too many aqueducts and tunnels to Bologna, Lombardy, Liguria, Florence, Venice, to Shakespeare’s Verona and Mantua, The Sopranos Naples and the leftover bits of di Lampedusa’s Sicily, and the more I saw, the less I bought it as a country. [...]
Train times, fares & how to buy tickets for train travel from London to Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples, Sicily, or anywhere in Italy. Taking the train to Italy is the safe, comfortable, affordable & environmentally-friendly alternative to flying. [...]
Three years ago this month, as I ordered an espresso in a small café in Rome, I made the decision to sell 90 percent of my earthly possessions in exchange for a life in Italy. It was a decision that has brought me joy, freedom and adventure; [...]
Ahh! The Italian Summer! There is something absolutely exquisite about this magnificent paradise. From the vast expanses of the pristine blue waters to the sun bathed beaches that adorn the coast – Italy is everything that a person would want in a relaxing retreat from the hustles and bustles of the world. [...]
If you don't want to be taken for a tourist in Italy, you should drink coffee as and when the locals do.
Coffee is so much a part of Italian culture that the idea of not drinking it is as foreign as the idea of having to explain its rituals. These rituals are set in stone and not always easy for outsiders to understand.
While the world wrestles with shock from the recent announcement that Hello Kitty is not a cat, a happier piece of news comes our way from EVA Air: cat or not, Hello Kitty planes will begin flying routes to...
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