Located in the Bay of Naples, Capri was one of the main settings of La Dolce Vita and it is still one of the favorite destinations of jet-set stars. It geographically belongs to the Sorrento peninsula, being partially submerged by the waters thousands of years ago, and it is now a short distance away from the mainland. In this guide, learn how to discover this magical island on a Capri boat tour.
“Can I offer you a shot of Limoncello?” This is a question you will be frequently asked by your waiter at the end of a meal in any restaurant in Italy, especially in summer and in the south. Sipping this deliciously fragrant beverage after a cup of espresso is for many the ideal conclusion of a local meal. But why is limoncello so special? Learn more about one of Italy’s most refreshing beverages in this guide.
The Vatican Museums are one of the most beautiful and vast art collections in the whole world, as they gather a huge amount of artworks amassed by the Popes throughout the centuries. The complex includes 26 museums, a few archeological areas and some restoration laboratories. Certainly, you won’t like to miss the experience, but you may be worried about the crowds. Luckily, we offer some Vatican experiences that make for a tranquil visit, lacking the crowds and noise that typically go hand in hand with a Vatican visit. In this guide, you can find the most exclusive Vatican experiences that we offer.
For most planning a trip to Italy, the cuisine is a main focus of the vacation. Italy’s simple yet sophisticated culinary experience is tough to beat, and there are thousands of restaurants in Rome where you can experience the city’s best dishes. However, on a luxury vacation to Italy, there are a few spots around the city to explore if you envision a lavish evening of wining and dining on your vacation. In this guide, you can find the top Michelin star restaurants in Rome.
Nature is really prodigious. Every living thing on earth strives to survive and reproduce, and truffle is no exception. Its intense and unmistakable fragrance is nothing but an expedient to be detected and dug up by humans and animals, in order for its spores to be spread around. The spores will be absorbed by the ground and will reach the roots of a host tree (usually an oak or ilex), with which the new truffle will symbiotically live from then on, feeding on the decomposition of organic matter. Tradition tells that the very first truffle originated from a bolt of lightning thrown by Zeus near an oak, the tree sacred to this God; hence the attribution of aphrodisiac properties to this mushroom, as Zeus was famous for his sexual vigor.
If you are adventurous enough, you can follow the ancient mule routes that connect the towns of the Amalfi Coast, south of the Sorrento Peninsula across Positano, Praiano, Furore, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello, Scala, Minori, Maiori, Tramonti, and Cetara, to finally reach Vietri sul Mare. The stunning panoramas between sea and sky on this coast, which has worthly gained the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO, will take your breath away. In this guide, find the best hotels on the Amalfi Coast fit for a luxurious and relaxing stay.
According to Wine Spectator, the wine most loved by wine lovers in the USA is Brunello di Montalcino. China is not far behind and rivers of wine will flow along the Silk Road once the President Xi Jinping has tasted the bottle of Riserva 2007 Biondi Santi donated by the Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte when they met last 26 April in Rome. Even in Buckingham Palace, the king of Sangiovese has its royal place, as they say Her Majesty now and then loves treating herself to a glass of Brunello, her favorite drink after the unfailing afternoon tea.
Obviously, I’m biased, but Tuscany is spectacular all-year-round. Its soft hills, charming mountains, blue sea, rivers and lakes all wait to be explored. As a local to Tuscany, I’d say the best time to visit is definitely early to mid-fall. Below, you can find the top reasons why mid-fall is the best time to visit Tuscany.