Back when Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel, Galileo was discovering the moons of Jupiter and Leonardo da Vinci was dreaming of the future, kings and queens all over Europe fell in love with the soft, luscious and very expensive velvet produced in Venice.
Any well-informed Florentine of the mid-15th century would have recognized the distinctive profile of Il Magnifico — Lorenzo the Magnificent de’ Medici (b. 1449 - d. 1492). His was not a handsome face but it was a memorable one.
Vacations can be the focus of so many different areas of interest, but there’s one thing that nobody can miss when they visit — remarkably delicious traditional Italian food. In Italy, vacations taste great.
Sitting right in the center of the city, just east of the Piazza di Spagna, the Borghese Gardens are the Roman equivalent of Central Park.
Shakespeare famously wrote in Hamlet about the spirits of the dead that inhabit Rome: “The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead did squeak and gibber in the Roman Streets.”
Whether you’re a history buff, an avid hiker or a beach aficionado, there’s no shortage of world-class experiences awaiting you on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
One of the first things you may notice on your visit to the Amalfi Coast is the scent of lemons in the air. This isn’t your garden variety lemon — Amalfi lemons are a unique breed native to this tiny corner of the world.
There’s something about fried food that can make it like a hearty warm embrace. Tuscan food is no different, especially one of the best snacks in Florence — coccoli, which translates as “cuddles” in Italian.
For believers in the supernatural, the city of Rome is haunted by the ghosts of its long and often sordid history.
You’re finally going to cross Italy off your bucket list, but you’ve got limited vacation time. What are the most important things to do in Italy? Where do you even start?