Off the beaten track

Culture
by Silvia Donati | Thu, 01/14/2021 - 00:00
In a far distant past, Aosta was known as Augusta Praetoria Salassorum. Founded by the Romans in 25 BC, Aosta is the second Italian city with the largest…
Travel
by Silvia Donati | Thu, 12/03/2020 - 00:00
Umbria is dotted with charming medieval villages, many of which are still off the radar. One such village is Massa Martana, a mere 60 kilometers from the…
Travel
by Silvia Donati | Fri, 10/30/2020 - 01:00
Tuscania (not to be confused with the region of Toscana, or Tuscany) is a picturesque village in the Tuscia, an area that today coincides with the province of…
Travel
by Silvia Donati | Thu, 10/29/2020 - 01:00
When in Rome, you may want to head off the beaten track from time to time. You’ll discover sights and neighborhoods rarely mentioned on guidebooks, and they…
Travel
by Silvia Donati | Thu, 09/24/2020 - 00:00
A train ride on a historic route amid mountains, villages and the fall colors: it’s the so-called ‘Foliage Train,’ which runs along a line that, since 1923,…
Culture
by Silvia Donati | Fri, 09/11/2020 - 00:00
Sometimes, the most rewarding surprises are found in a city’s ‘minor’ sights. Florence has plenty of world-famous sights everybody flocks to, and we understand…
Travel
by Silvia Donati | Tue, 07/28/2020 - 08:04
A corner of wild Sicily has been selected by CNN as one of the world’s top 20 best places for swimming.  Located between Avola, Noto and Syracuse, in south-…
Travel
by Silvia Donati | Wed, 07/22/2020 - 00:06
Many destinations in Italy are trying to lure visitors with special initiatives this summer in an attempt to help the local economy recover from the setback…
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by Silvia Donati | Fri, 07/17/2020 - 00:00
Halfway between Riomaggiore and Portovenere, in the Cinque Terre National Park, is the ancient village of Monesteroli, reachable only by a likewise ancient…
Travel
by Silvia Donati | Wed, 07/08/2020 - 03:00
Valloria, near Imperia in western Liguria, has become known as ‘the village with painted doors’. Its center features more than 150 hand-decorated doors, each…