Christmas in Amalfi

Laura Thayer invites us to a Christmas in Amalfi… The holidays are a magical time to be in Italy. The Christmas lights twinkling across piazzas and narrow streets, the colourful decorations, the scent of cinnamon and chocolate floating out of bakeries and the surprise of coming across a band making its way through the village […]

From Here to There: Calm and quiet in Amalfi

Laura Thayer discovers the authentic Amalfi… Quiet descends on the Amalfi Coast during the month of January. After ringing in the New Year with the most dramatic fireworks display over the harbour of Amalfi, the celebrations and festive atmosphere continue right up to Epiphany, a religious holiday celebrating the manifestation of Christ and the coming […]

Living on the Islands of Italy

Italy has some of Europe’s most beautiful islands. From sizeable landmasses to tiny gems, you’ll find every kind of Mediterranean idyll here. Island homes make an excellent investment, says Fleur Kinson. Ah, the lure of islands! Naturally romantic places, these spots of sea-encircled land offer a natural sense of escape. An island is a little […]

Glimpses of Christmas Past: Photos from Sorrento 2018

Joe and Patricia Gartman have spent the Christmas seasons from 2017 to 2019 in Italy. Here are photos from their time in Sorrento in 2018. Perched on top of sheer cliffs, high above the Bay of Naples, Sorrento provides an abundance of picturesque charm, history, views, cafés, summer sunshine and lemon-scented air. It’s also the […]

Seasonal Sorrento

Free of the summer’s foreign tourists, but no less lively, Sorrento is a beautiful place to be at Christmas – here’s why it’s a perfect festive destination… Words and photos by Fleur Kinson   The Christmas period seems to come earlier and earlier in Britain, with shops piled high with gifts, tinsel and crackers long […]

Ten top Italian beaches

Join us for a trip around some of the best Italian beaches, from the impossibly iconic to some that are right off the beaten track. Which is your favourite? Photos by Getty Images Though Italy attracts visitors throughout the year, many of us also like to spend summer holidays there, enjoying the country’s coastline and […]

Top five Italian gardens

We explore five of our favourite green spaces in Italy… how many of them have you visited and which are on your to-visit list? Photos by iStock unless otherwise stated 1. Featuring Italy’s most dramatic baroque gardens, Lake Maggiore’s Isola Bella is a horticultural paradise. The Borromeo villa occupies the centre of the island, while the […]

Italia! photos of the month: April 2019

We’ve got some beautiful photos in this month’s selection – read on to see Italy in all its glory, courtesy of these glorious snaps from Italia! readers This month’s winner:  “Taken outside the main church in Ostuni. It was very busy that day in September.” by Mike Allton, Guilden Morden More of our favourites this month… […]