Italy at your fingertips

Dreaming of Italy? Rachael Martin looks at how you can bring the country closer to you with online experiences, from live-streamed art history and cookery classes, wine tastings and more. ©iStockGettyImages There’s no doubt that the past two years have clipped our wings somewhat – and while travel appears to be opening up again, for many, Italy More...

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By Cara Waudby Tolley On Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Il Furioso and the Brothers of San Rocco

Learn how Jacopo Robusti made a name (or two) for himself in Venice in Joe Gartman’s feature. Images by Patricia Gartman A narrow alley, the Salizada San Rocco, squeezes between a gelateria and the apse of More...

By Cara Waudby Tolley On Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Discover Assisi

The birthplace of the Catholic friar St Francis remains a globally important site of Christian pilgrimage © iStock Assisi stands atop Mount Asio and is flanked by swathes of Umbria’s undulating green pasture More...

By Cara Waudby Tolley On Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Made in Italy!

Ancient craft traditions are an integral part of Italy’s heritage, but today’s artisans face fierce competition from a world of mass-produced convenience and the preservation of these crafts is more important More...

By Cara Waudby Tolley On Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

The Baron Corvo’s grave

The final resting place of an English eccentric who made Venice his home, writes Joe Gartman Images by Patricia Gartman  The pale red brick walls and tall cypresses of San Michele Island rise from the lagoon waters More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

Discover the city of Verona

Shakespeare may have put Verona on the map, but it’s the city’s rich history that makes it unforgettable © iStock ‘Fair Verona, where we lay our scene’ introduces William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, February 14th, 2022

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 More...

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...