Category Archives: Travel Tips

The Prosecco hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene

Italy exports vast quantities of Prosecco every year – around 90 million bottles, to be precise. Originally referring to a grape variety until the tail end of 2009, Prosecco now denotes a specific place of origin. The growing areas of … Continue reading

Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century

If you were to look at Ivrea in Piedmont, situated at the northern edge of the Po Valley between Turin and the Aosta Valley, from above, you would notice how the river Dora Baltea pretty much splits it in two. … Continue reading

The art of making Neapolitan pizza

By now you are more than familiar with the wide variety of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy, know many different natural and cultural landmarks and areas. Actually, there is a third list we have not been talking a lot … Continue reading

UNESCO World Heritage Site Val d’Orcia

A new era began in the Val d’Orcia region when the city state Siena defeated the feudal house of Aldobrandeschi. Siena didn’t only expand its capital – rapidly and vastly – it also placed great emphasis on the representative nature … Continue reading

Late baroque towns of the Val di Noto

A destructive earthquake struck the Val di Noto in south-eastern Sicily on the evening of 11 January 1693. The result was truly devastating – around 60,000 casualties, 70 destroyed towns and villages across an area of 5,600 km² and powerful … Continue reading

Places of power of the Lombards in Italy

Calling the fall of the Western Roman Empire a time of great changes and upheavals might just be the teensiest bit of an understatement. Numerous peoples tried their luck over subsequent decades and centuries, the ancient Migration Period was in … Continue reading

Historic centre of the city of Pienza

How does a town become an ideal town? Opinions differ greatly on this matter and changed just as much over the course of centuries. The Renaissance and humanism most certainly left a massive mark on this discourse, and that’s something … Continue reading

The fossils of Monte San Giorgio

A brief trip up to an altitude of 1,097 m at the border between Italy and Switzerland unearths divine views. Monte San Giorgio in the Lugano Prealps in Canton Ticino, nestled between the two southern arms of the equally splendid … Continue reading

Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica

Did you know that parts of Sicily were populated as early as the Bronze Age? The settlement history of the island in the southernmost part of Italy can be traced back thousands, even tens of thousands of years. Even today … Continue reading

Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park

You’ve certainly heard us say this many times before, but it absolutely bears repeating in this case: Italy’s magnificent nature with its highly diverse wildlife is most certainly worth protecting. Numerous national parks throughout the country assume this task. Cilento … Continue reading