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Fernando Falcone at his wheel, Puglia, Italy

Penny Wainwright explores the villages at the southern tip of Puglia, in search of traditional artisan crafts, underground tunnels and ancient local festivals… Photos by Penny Wainwright Fernando Falcone at his wheel   The sunshine welcomed me as I arrived in Ruffano to join the Fiesta and Fiera di San Marco, to celebrate St Mark the Evangelist’s More...

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Palazzo Donn'Anna, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, April 29th, 2019

Past Italia: La Villa Donn’Anna

This historic but dilapidated residence sits on the Posillipo coast in Naples, west of the Mergellina harbour, some way beyond the Castel dell’Ovo… Photo by Getty Images The Villa Donn’Anna takes its name More...

Shabby Sheep Design gelato T-shirt
By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, April 26th, 2019

Italy on a T-shirt

The innovative clothes and accessories from Shabby Sheep Design are just perfect for anyone who loves Italy… Originally from the UK, Shabby Sheep Design owners Eva and Chris Lock arrived in Lunigiana, northern More...

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Drive Italia! Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

Where Enzo Ferrari first started – Alfa Romeo, the achingly beautiful connoisseurs’ choice… Alfa Romeo of Milan originally launched the Giulietta coupé in 1954. The gorgeous Spider was added to the Giulietta More...

Uffizi, Florence, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, April 8th, 2019

Five of Italy’s top art archives

Here are a few of the very best places to get your fix of world-class art next time you’re in Italy… Photos by iStock 1. Uffizi Gallery The experience always involves long queues – which are even longer More...

The Temple of Concordia, sicily
By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, April 8th, 2019

Temples, goats and almond blossom

On a hilltop in Sicily stand the ruins of what was once part of a great city – Joe Gartman explores the Valley of the Temples… Photos by Patricia Gartman The Temple of Hera   It’s called the Valley of More...

Festa della Donna, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, April 8th, 2019

Vero Italiano: La Festa della Donna

Mario Matassa takes a look at International Women’s Day. He revels in the mystery of the celebrations and presents some of the classic dishes… Photos by Mario Matassa The 8th of March is the day when women More...

Ostia Antica, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Past Italia: Ostia Antica

The Mithraic Mysteries was once the predominant religious practice in Rome, and some archeological remains of this pre-Christian religion still survive… Photo by Getty Images Before Constantine converted to Christianity More...

Fiat Bertone
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Drive Italia: Fiat Bertone X1/9

Say hello to this diminutive, mid-engined wedge from the 1970s with pop-up lights and targa roof… Photo by Nick Cornwell-Menzies In the 1970s, the choice for those wanting to dial into frugal two-seater sports More...

Piazza del Campidoglio with statue of Marcus Aurelius in Rome, Italy.
By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, March 4th, 2019

Past Italia: Marcus Aurelius on horseback

The Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius stands centre stage in Rome’s Piazza del Campidoglio… Photo by Getty Images One of the few stipulations that the Pope made when he commissioned Michelangelo to redesign More...