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.

Altausee and the Mountain of Treasures recovered by the Monuments Men

The <i>Salzewelten Altaussee</i>, the Altaussee Salt Mine, became a "mountain of treasures" when nazis stored more than 6,500 paintings and cultural obsects …

Archaeology

Herrenchiemsee Palace, King Ludwig's Island Versailles

Herrenchiemsee Palace, a royal residence of King Ludwig II, is built on an island in the middle of lake Chiemsee in the state of Bavaria, between …

Europe

How the Republic starts to fall

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p>If you listen to history podcasts, you've probably heard of Mike Duncan. The American broadcaster's …

Julius Caesar

Anghiari Guide

<b>Anghiari</b> is one of Tuscany’s most evocative <b>medieval hill towns</b> yet it’s off the usual tourist itinerary. The small town center within the walls can …

Why We Want To Travel More When Destinations Are Described Like People

I have a friend who posts pictures of her abnormally adorable dog Otis with quotes of the dog’s thoughts, which often include him calling her “mama.” I would smugly roll my eyes at this if I wasn’t convinced that my cat acts as cute as she possibly can as part of some Machiavellian scheme to draw …

5 Sardinian Seaside Towns

The <b>island of Sardinia</b> is one of my favorite regions of Italy. Sardinia is well known for its beautiful, pristine beaches and clean, clear sea and …

Europe

SPOP CAMPUS OMODEO: 'what we do with empty villages' examines sardinia's depopulation crisis

<b>interdisciplinary design collective sardarch specializes in the urban transformation of neighborhoods by proposing various strategies with the active</b> …

Italy

Common Unplanned Attractions in Italy

Oh, No! We'll never make our next stop!<p>Relax, sheep part. Slowly. Every rural drive, especially in the south, is prone to some sheep stopage. Enjoy. …

Travel

Calabria Cities Map and Travel Guide

Map of Calabria & Travel Guide <br>Is the Toe of the Boot Italy's Last Frontier?<p>Calabria's rich, material past, much of it shared with the Greeks who …

Rome

Italian Abbeys and Monasteries

Italy has many historic monasteries and abbeys, mostly dating from medieval times. Some of them were built in stunning isolated settings, on …

Europe

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

Sardinia, Valley of the NuraghiIt all started with a little tiff on a Sardinian beach. Someone made a video of a Sardinian man arguing with a tourist …

Brutal

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 …

Europe

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 …

Europe

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> …

Europe

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 …

Rome

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 …

Travel

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 …

Italian Riviera

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 …

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 …

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