The Marble Faun

Discover more about the Roman inspirations for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19th-century Gothic novel with Joe Gartman. Image by Patricia Gartman Long ago in Rome, wealthy families often embellished their palazzi with tall, fortified towers. This allowed them to impress rival clans or perhaps dump noxious liquids on their heads when the situation required More...

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By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Discover Orto Botanico Padua

A glorious day of exploration among the flora of 3,500 species of plants awaits in this botanical oasis in Padua Established in 1545 as a medicinal plants teaching garden, and considered to be the origin of botanical More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

Live like a film star on the shores of Lake Como

Discover Lake Como and you’ll see why Michelle Jackson, The Novel Traveller, felt like a celebrity when exploring one of the most popular destinations in Italy with Travel Department. Before we start… Now More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

Ciao Italia! – Travel Department’s favourite snippets of Italian history

Few countries in the world have such a variable, diverse and colourful history as Italy. Every time we visit, we learn new facts about Italy’s wonderful past. We’ve put together 10 Interesting Facts about Italian More...

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By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, October 18th, 2021

Discover Villa Adriana

How does a Roman Emperor create the ultimate symbol of power? By building an ‘ideal city’ that still stands to this day. Image © iStock Unenthused by existing villas yet keen to follow in the tradition of Roman More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, October 18th, 2021

A guide to Naples fashion

Zoey Goto visited Naples on a dapper mini-break, after receiving a rare invitation to take a look behind the scenes at two of the world’s most exclusive and historic tailoring houses. Image © Boutique Rubinacci Until More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

The real San Marco

Adrian Mourby ventures deep into San Marco, Venice’s oldest sestiere, which is known the world over for its piazza and yet is otherwise relatively rarely explored. Images by Kate Tadman-Mourby unless otherwise More...

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By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Discover Villa d’Este

The 16th-century Villa d’Este at Tivoli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site sits just outside Rome. The palace and gardens were created from a desire for status, yet a legacy that spans centuries has been left… © More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, June 25th, 2021

Discover Aquileia’s mosaic floor

This once great Roman city fell to barbarians but, though much of Aquileia was razed, a freshly lain colourful mosaic floor was left perfectly intact… © iStock Getty images This 4th-century mosaic floor, More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Amalfi Amore

Adrian Mourby takes a road trip along the awe-inspiring Amalfi Coast from Sorrento to Salerno… Images by Kate Tadman-Mourby unless otherwise stated There was a seagull on our balcony, a very large one, enjoying More...

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