iDotto, an audio guide that is like a little travel buddy to accompany you through the city in your pocket and make your life or visit to Rome a lot easier. A useful app for tourists visiting Rome.
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As the final traces of summer’s honeysuckle scent cling to Portofino’s piazzetta, the film stars and fashionistas jump on their superyachts, seeking warmer climates. The town, flanked by pastel-coloured houses, comes alive in the autumnal sunshine and many locals venture out on strolls through the now quieter town. Bag the seats at the best restaurants that spill across the harbour, swim in the child-free, sun-warmed Paraggi bay and enjoy uninterrupted views over the Italian Riviera. It’s the perfect time to steal a slice of la dolce vita in peace. [...]
L'Aquila is the largest, most mountainous and least densely populated province of the Abruzzo region of Southern Italy. It comprises about half the landmass of Abruzzo and occupies the western part of the region. The Province of L'Aquila includes the highest mountains of the Apennines (Gran Sasso, Maiella and Velino-Sirente). The province is known for…
The Blog jovinacooksitalian.com describes the fantastic cuisine of the Abruzzo, the neighbouring Le Marche Region, in the town of L'Aquila
Martine Greslon is the lone English soul living in the hilltop village of Tursi. It had been two decades since I last saw her at one of the London wine tastings she regularly attended for Thetford wine merchant T & W Wines, but after emailing me for some information on wine, she mentioned she was planning to open a cookery school in Basilicata. Soon after, our cars were rubbing noses in Tursi’s car park.
Since the earthquake, Italy has been wondering how many lives could have been saved had only Amatrice been built following proper anti-seismic regulations. If, possibly, many of the town's older medieval buildings may have not been entirely rescued anyway, it is still true that reinforcing structures could have avoided many deaths: as the examples of highly seismic areas such as California and Japan have shown, even at-risk structures can be adapted to better resist earthquakes and, without a doubt, technological and architectural advances today allow for the relative straight forwards projectation and construction of earthquake-safe homes. [...]
One of the most scenic places to dine is San Colombano, an indoor-outdoor restaurant that sits on the city wall, on a particularly wide, tree-lined section, and incorporates some of its features (one of the restaurant’s windows takes up the space once occupied by a cannon). With views over the rooftops and out towards the stately cathedral, you can opt for cake and coffee at the cafe on one side of the entrance, or a meal at the restaurant on the other. The expansive menu of pizzas, calzone, salads and pasta reveals top quality food for a lot less than you’d pay in Australia. [...]
For those of you who have never heard of Burano, I can tell you that it is an island in the Venetian Lagoon famous for its colourful fishermen’s cottages. Just a 40 minute vaporetto (water bus) ride from Venice herself, it is often overlooked by those who visit La Serenissima on a tight timetable and…
OUR writer heads to Siena to embark on a road trip exploring beautiful rural Tuscany.
Less than five minutes into the treacherous climb and my initial enthusiasm was already beginning to fade. I paused in the dark, narrow stairwell, feeling hot and out of breath.
Tackling more than 500 steps to reach the top of Siena’s 88-metre high Torre del Mangia – the third tallest tower in Italy – was, on reflection, not the smartest idea in the height of summer. Neither was my choice of footwear: a pair of flimsy flip-flops. [...]
The hilly village of Consonno, set in the foothills of the Alps in Lombardy, northern Italy, was once known as Milan's "Land of Toys." It was built in 1968 by Count Mario Bagno, a real estate developer who wanted to create an Italian Las Vegas, after he had convinced the locals to let him demolish the ancient rura
he Romans were first to see the potential of the Italian lakes as a holiday destination. They built their sumptuous villas in some of the prime positions around Como and Garda, where the southern foothills of the Alps sweep down towards the Mediterranean and the fertile plains of northern Italy, forming some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.
Modern tourism has transformed the towns, but the lakes, mountains and views are as beautiful as they were 2,000 years ago, and the villages, Baroque gardens and lakeside hotels are still wonderful places to enjoy a holiday, especially during the long, warm autumn. [...]
By Kalina Davis Gelato. Italy’s masterpiece. And my weakness. Traveling to Rome presents such wonderful opportunities, but one thing that you absolutely cannot miss out on is the gelato. When I studied abroad in Rome, eating gelato was easily one of my favorite parts, leaving me at least five pounds heavier on my arrival …
In 1997 though, UNESCO deemed fourteen former royal abodes in the region of Piedmont as worthy of inclusion in its World Heritage List. A series of restoration projects were also undertaken to bring back some of the neglected buildings to their former glory. Now all completely restored and open to the public, here is our guide to visiting seven former Savoy residences, in the city and its immediate surrounds. [...]
There are road trips and then there is THE road trip. You know, the one that sets the standard for subsequent others. This was one of them.
Flying into Rome from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, our trip started upon renting a car and taking the 3hr drive down south to Sorrento. A big vibrant city especially in the summer, Sorrento was our base camp for visiting other cities along the coast.[...]