Orvieto: a perfect day trip from Rome

The hilltop city of Orvieto makes a delightful day trip from Rome. Situated in the province of Terni in south-west Umbria, Orvieto stands on the summit of a large outcrop of volcanic tufa rock, rough...

Italy's number of Blue Flag beaches continues to rise

The coveted Bandiera Blu status is awarded to Italian beaches with excellent water quality and high environmental standards. A total of 416 beaches across Italy have been awarded the 2021 bandiera bl...

Full steam ahead for Italy's vintage trains

Italy's historic railways and ancient pilgrimage paths to get major boost from the nation's massive post-covid recovery fund. Italy is to invest €435 million in a "new form of railway tourism" - incl...

10 reasons why we will all return to Rome

Life in Rome has been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, with the Eternal City seeming almost deserted without its usual hordes of tourists. We look at some of the many things that make...

Italy’s Robinson Crusoe leaves paradise island after 32 years of hermit life

Sole inhabitant of Budelli gives up battle to stay on Italian island famous for its pink sandy beaches. An elderly hermit who has lived on the tiny Italian island of Budelli off Sardinia for the past...

Rocca Sinibalda: Lazio's most mysterious castle

The strange, multi-layered story of Rocca Sinibalda, located 50 km north of Rome. The 12th-century Rocca Sinibalda sits on a spur of rock dominating the Turano Valley, a 40-minute drive north of Rome...

Trevignano Romano: Reflections from a Roman lake

As more people seek a quieter pace of life outside Rome, Judith Harris writes about living in nearby Trevignano Romano. By Mary Jane CryanThe publication of Judith Harris’s latest book is very timely...

San Gimignano: A town of fine towers in Tuscany

This hilltop town in central Tuscany is famed for its stunning skyline of mediaeval towers Arriving in this tower-topped town in central Tuscany is always going to be a visual treat, regardless of th...

Best walking and trekking trails near Rome

A list of the best walking and trekking trails near Rome you must experience.  Walking, hiking, and trekking routes at just "a stone's throw" from Rome, all in the Lazio Region. With its numerous...

Rome's Fiumicino rated Best Airport in Europe for fourth year in a row

Fiumicino airport in Rome makes history with its latest award, after one of the most difficult years ever for the air travel sector. Rome's Fiumicino airport, known officially as Leonardo da Vinci, h...

Italy: Catania airport reopens after Mount Etna eruption

Catania cleans up volcanic ash after spectacular eruption of Mount Etna. Catania airport in Sicily reopened at 09.00 this morning after being forced to close on 16 February due to the spectacular eru...

Calcata: The land that time forgot

Calcata, in north Lazio, is a bohemian haven whose residents hark back to a more beautiful era. Less than an hour north of Rome lies Calcata, a mediaeval village clinging to a volcanic cliff surging...

Villa Gregoriana: Tivoli's wilderness garden

Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli makes for a great day trip from Rome.Not many people realise that in the 19th century, Tivoli had a visitor attraction that surpassed Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. But...

29 Best Things To Do in Rome

The Best Places to Visit and Must-See Attractions in Rome Rome's heady mix of ancient ruins, museums, monuments and churches make the Eternal City one of the world's most romantic and visually stunni...

Rome's Fiumicino airport celebrates 60 years

From the joy of the Olympic Games to the trials of covid-19, the story of Rome's main airport. Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, better known as Fiumicino, celebrated its 60th birthday...
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