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19 images that will make you want to travel to Bergamo, Italy

Visiting Bergamo is like diving head first into a fairy tale. A city with ancient origins in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, it was once a …

Italy's most hidden church is in the middle of a cave

The church has a domed roof and eight sides that are meant to symbolize Jesus' resurrection "after eight days." Today, it's known as the "Refuge of Sinners" and has long been a site of pilgrimage for Catholics seeking forgiveness.<p>Built in 1828 by architect Giuseppe Valadier, the elegant, …

21 places in Italy you never thought to visit (but really should)

Planning an Italian holiday in 2018 but want to escape the tourist hordes? Then head instead to one of these lesser-known gems.<p>1. Marina de Pisciotta, Campania<p>Lee Marshall, author of Telegraph Travel's guides to Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Sicily, recommends this unheralded spot in the Province of …

Ordering coffee in Italy: the 10 commandments

I once met an Italian who didn’t drink coffee. He made light of the fact, but you could see that he was tired of having to explain his disability every time some new acquaintance uttered the standard Italian greeting: “Prendiamo un caffè?” (“Fancy a coffee?”). His breezy but faintly …

7 Ways To Ruin Your Italian Vacation

I am sitting in a small café just off of Piazza Signoria, watching crowds of tourists go by. Their faces contain a variety of expressions, from awe to frustration. As people of every age and ethnicity form the passing parade, I think of how important this trip is to them.<p>Each person who vacations …

Positano, Italy: How to Spend the Perfect Weekend

Every July, Florence-based designer Álvaro González sets aside 72 hours for eating, drinking, and lounging under a beach umbrella in Positano.<p>“The journey to Positano is part of the adventure,” says accessories designer Álvaro González, who, every summer, rides a train three hours to Salerno, then …

Life truly is beautiful in Tuscany’s underappreciated Arezzo

<b>Arezzo was made famous as the setting for Roberto Benigni film Oscar-winning La vita è bella, but with its rich art and architecture, Elizabeth Warkentin finds the Italian city is an attraction in its own right</b><p>The Piazza Grande is the most noteworthy medieval square in Arezzo. (iStockphoto)<p>It’s …

Is Genoa Italy's most underrated city?

In some ways, there’s no more appropriate a port of call for a cruise than Genoa. True, the capital of Liguria isn’t the most glamorous corner of Italy. Indeed, as a salty workhorse, its eyes ever on the sea, the country’s sixth largest city isn’t even the most elegant part of the mountainous, …

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How To Avoid Getting Scammed In Italy

In a 1970s Italian cult lm, the famous actor Totò—mainly known for his roles as a creative crook— conned an Italian-American tourist in Rome by selling him nothing short of the Fountain of Trevi. The victim was hooked into thinking he could collect all the money that had been thrown to the bottom …

How to: Enjoy Italy on 30 euros per day

Feature photo by kevinandersson Photo by pizzodisevo<p><b>In this guide</b> you’ll find advice for both a bare-bones budget trip of 30 euros per day and a more …

At a cute fisherman’s cottage in 1,500-year-old San Fruttuoso village our writer has a secluded bay amid romantic Romanesque splendour almost to herself<br>• <b>Win a stay at a Grade II-listed Landmark Trust building</b><p>It’s dusk. The bay is empty and silent and the bell tower is black against the navy sky. …

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In the June Light of Northern Italy, the Bliss of Bergamo

<i>This is the first in a series of articles dedicated to summer vacations that changed writers’ understanding of travel, or of themselves.</i><p>A few years ago, I decided that the best time to go to Europe was June. It was mostly because everywhere we might visit, the local population was still at work, at …

At The Tourist Information Office in Italy

Planning a trip to Italy? What might you want to ask when you find yourself at the local tourist information office? Here’s a short dialogue that …

Clinging to the Cliffs of the Amalfi Coast of Italy

<i>Thanks to Princess Cruises for inviting us along and providing this adventure! As always, all opinions are our own. See our entire Mediterranean</i> …

Mario Batali's Guide to Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region

America's favorite Italophile reveals his go-tos for everything from killer tortellini to stellar gelato. (You're welcome!)<p><b>Bologna</b><p>I lived in and …

Travel In Tuscany, Italy – Part 3! 20 Most Beautiful Places

Florence<br>Photo credit @santophoto on #instagram<p>Badia di Passignano, #Tuscany.<p>#photo credit @jeferstellari on Instagram<p>The tiny village of Canneto, in …

The best hidden sights in Italy - according to you

This week's winner<p>Fun and learning in Lazio<p>If you want a family holiday that is both relaxing and educational, head to the Agro Pontino, in the Lazio region just south of Rome. It is impressively framed by the promontory of Monte Circeo to the south, and the Lepini Hills to the east. The beach, …

These Old Italian Villages Were Transformed Into Dozens Of Hotels

Alberghi diffusi are true gems created in communities where you can breathe in the history. A model of responsible tourism, they include dozens of structures all over the country, many brought together in the Alberghi Diffusi Association (alberghidiffusi.it), creating an accommodation that is …

The Best Way To Avoid the Crowds on the Amalfi Coast

Italy's Amalfi Coast is stunning and very crowded from June through September. With its dramatic vertical landscape of mountains and dizzying sea views, beautiful white towns, lemon scented terraces, fantastic seafood and lots of fun in the sun, this coast is not to be missed. But how to get away …

The Italian Island You Must Visit Is An Hour Outside Of Milan

A little gem is nestled in the mountains of Piedmont, Lake Orta is a destination for connoisseurs. It’s like talking about a boutique hotel as compared to a big hotel. Or like enjoying an arthouse lm at a theater with perfect programming: all-time classics alternated with productions à la Sundance …

9 Fairytale Villages That Will Make You Believe in Magic

How to drink coffee like a true Italian

Visitors to Italy contemplating their first <i>real</i> cappuccino should remember that they’re in quasi-sacred territory.<p>The Italians pretty much invented the way the rest of the world confects, serves and imbibes coffee, from the lingo (cappuccino, latte, <i>macchiato</i>) to the steam-driven espresso machine …

How to Eat (And Drink) Like a Local in Italy’s Culinary Capital: Bologna

In Rome, amatriciana and cacio e pepe are as revered as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. In Naples, pizza, once a humble street food, has been exalted to a religious experience. On the Amalfi Coast, the fresh catch prepared with little more than a drizzle of olive oil and squeeze of locally grown …

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The 10 best budget places to stay in Italy

<b>Agriturismo Livadia</b>, <b>Gizzeria, Catanzaro, Calabria</b><p>On a gently sloping hillside gazing out to the Mediterranean, surrounded by olive trees and a heady …

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A marvelous Italian coastline: Meet the colorful Cinque Terre

<b>La Bella Italia</b> has the power to keep surprising its visitors by offering new and exotic destinations that quickly turn out to be the dream …

Off the beaten path in southern Tuscany, Italy

When people contemplate visiting the Tuscany region of Italy, they typically envision Florence’s Ponte Vecchio, the Tower of Pisa, the expansive …

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Cheapest Time to Travel to Italy

Cheapest Time to Travel to Italy<p>Updated on February 25, 2018<p>From North to South, including the islands, Italy is full of amazing destinations and …

30 Travel Tips You Need To Know Before Visiting Italy

Italy is one of the most beautiful countries to visit in Europe, nay, the world! My love for this country goes almost as deep as my love of …

The alberghi diffusi model is revitalising dwindling communities across Italy by repurposing their unused buildings into ‘scattered hotels’. Our writer lives like a local in a few of these hamlet gems. Scroll down for more<p>It was an unusual invasion: well-to-do people, most speaking strange tongues, …

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