Wandering Italy

By James Martin | Interesting news and ideas from two journalists' wanderings around the boot. Culture, food, and travel ideas combine to lead you astray.

5 Bologna Day Trips

Bologna is a great base for visiting other cities in northern Italy’s <i>Emilia-Romagna</i> region. From Romanesque and Renaissance monuments to foodie …

Europe

There are Two Sardinias, and One of Them is Dying

It all started with a little tiff on a Sardinian beach. Someone made a video of a Sardinian man arguing with a tourist over his lunch, a can of tuna …

Beaches

How industrial-style tourism is hurting Italy

<b>The influx of money that tourists bring may be good for the economy, but many Italians are saying, 'Enough!'</b><p>Italy is facing a crisis that some …

Tourism

5 Umbria Hill Towns

Although people often associate hill towns with Tuscany, the neighboring region of Umbria has its fair share of picturesque medieval towns perched on …

Europe

Gubbio Travel Guide

Gubbio is one of the most picturesque hill towns in Umbria and it also has one of the oldest medieval centers as well as a Roman theater. Gubbio is …

Why You Need a VPN in Italy

Do you pop into a cafe to get your email when you travel? Do those of you who carry an American passport have dealings with Medicare or other health …

Italy

Italy City and Geography Maps

Detailed Map of Italian Cities <br>Here's Where the Best Cities in Italy to Visit Are Located<p>If you're just starting to plan your Italian vacation, …

Europe

Agriturismo Lodging

Staying on an <b>agriturismo</b>, a farm estate renovated for tourists, can be a highlight of your visit to Italy. Farm lodging ranges from rustic to …

5 Small Italian Cities

If you’ve visited Italy’s top cities or you just want to get away from the top tourist sites, here are 5 of my favorite smaller cities. While they …

Aosta Travel Guide

Aosta is the principal city in Valle d’Aosta, Italy’s smallest region. It’s a beautiful, mountainous region dotted with tiny towns and castles. Aosta …

Lake Iseo Travel Guide

<b>Lake Iseo</b> is a smaller lake in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, between the larger and more popular Lakes Como and <i>Garda</i>. Its main attraction is <b>Monte</b> …

Villa d'Este Garden, Tivoli

<b>Villa d’Este</b>, with its stunning <b>Renaissance garden</b>, is in the small town of <b>Tivoli</b> about 20 miles east of Rome. The 16th century villa’s large terraced …

Pescarzo: Get Lost in History

Wandering the narrow streets of Pescarzo, a village with views over the Valcamonica, feels like walking a Medieval maze. It would engulf you and …

Bed and Breakfast

Villa Oliva: A Tuscan Villa to Visit

It you are a lover of Tuscan Renaissance gardens and Grottoes, you won’t want to miss a chance to tour of some of the historic villas that surround …

Rome

5 Italian Wineries Not to Miss

Why wine travel? Well, that’s an easy one. Wine takes on the taste of its environment. Great wines are made from surly grapes, grapes that struggle …

Italy

Salento, Puglia

Puglia’s <b>Salento Peninsula</b> is known for its beautiful beaches and coastline but it also has several towns and cities worth a visit. If you’re going to …

Europe

La Foce Garden, Tuscany

Visit <b>La Foce</b>, overlooking the hills of Tuscany’s beautiful Val d’Orcia, to see its stunning <b>gardens</b>. Built in the late 15th century as a hostel for …

Europe

Basilicata Cities Map Travel Guide

Basilicata Map & Travel Guide <br>From Ghost Towns to Fabulous Beach Resorts to Cave Churches<p>You've pushed through the crowds in Rome, Venice and …

Europe

Abruzzo Attraction Map Travel Guide

Abruzzo Map & Travel Guide <br>Wild, Wonderful, Enchanting and (A Tiny Bit) Dangerous Abruzzo<p>The wild and unspoiled landscapes of the Abruzzo, with their …

Europe

Sulmona, Abruzzo

Sulmona is said to be the prettiest city in central Italy’s Abruzzo region. Set in a picturesque position on a plateau below the mountains, Sulmona …

Europe

Wine With a Future: Cà du Ferrà

Italy changes you. Just when you think your aching joints won’t let you climb another hill so you can be in awe of yet another stunning view, …

Wine

Tunneling the Italian Riviera

Trofie al PestoAh, sunny Bonassola! We are in this seaside paradise to sample the real pesto, the kind pounded out by Italian mothers using Cararra …

Europe

This video explains why knights in medieval art fought snails

Knights fought snails in the margins of medieval books. Here’s where the unusual trope comes from.<p>At first, it’s a completely mystifying image: Why do medieval manuscripts show knights fighting snails? These marginal illustrations are surprisingly common (you can peruse a few colorful, snail-filled …

Lerici, Gulf of Poets

Italians have a catchphrase for exactly what the pretty seaside town of <b>Lerici</b> is all about: <i>far niente</i>. It refers to the Italian art of doing nothing. …

Europe

Pompeii unveils Roman kiss

The lava may have cooled 2,000 years ago but Pompeii is a hot destination this Valentine's day with a special opening of the exceptionally preserved …

Rome

Monte Sant'Angelo, Puglia

Monte Sant’Angelo is a picturesque white town at the highest point on Puglia’s <b>Gargano Promontory</b>, the spur of the boot. Best known for its pilgrimage …

Europe

Michaelangelo's Marble Is Being Sold Cheap by Industrialists

One morning, citizens of this small Tuscan city, tucked away on the western slopes of the Apuan Alps in northern Italy, awoke to a strange protest. …

Vinca, Italy - A Fascinating Village on the Edge of Nowhere

I spend much of my time in Italy searching for the past, which, like most romantics, I assume to be superior to the present. Forgotten mountain …

Europe

Piemonte Map and Travel Guide

Piemonte Travel Guide <br>Great wine, forts, monasteries and more await the visitor to the Piedmont<p>On the Italian side of the alps you'll find Piemonte, …