Viewpoint: Santuario Madonna della Corona

Madonna Della Corona

This is obviously quite an unusual place to build a church, but the story of why the Santuario Madonna della Corona is here is even more unusual… Photo by Getty Images The people of Monte Baldo were baffled by a light emanating from a point in the cliff face where there was no house. They […]

Italia! Photos of the month: November 2019

Check out our latest Italy gallery – all these great pics were snapped by Italia! readers. Which is your favourite?! This month’s winner:  “The staircase at the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, with a cheeky sunburst. Not only was the spiral staircase an incredible sight, but climbing to the top for rooftop views across the city […]

Italia! photos of the month: October 2019


We’ve got lots more wonderful photos of Italy to showcase this month. Enjoy these marvellous shots from Italia! readers… This month’s winner:  “It could only happen in Venice! A truly theatrical backstreet.” by Anita Hashtrudi, Aberlady   More of our favourites this month… “Isola Bella, view from Stresa. Photo taken in April 2019, just after receiving […]

Italia! photos of the month: August 2019

We’ve got another spectacular collection of Italian photos this month – all taken by Italia! readers for our regular competition. Get set to enjoy these stunning snaps… This month’s winner:  “We got married in Alghero, one of our favourite places in Italy. Here we are being piped through the old town. We also think it […]

Italia! photos of the month: July 2019

Ragusa ibla

Feast your eyes on this glorious gallery of photos – showing off some of the very best sights from across the Italian peninsula! This month’s winner:  “Ragusa Ibla in the evening. My wife and I visited for a week at the beginning of October.” by Hugh Campbell, Newton Mearns More of our favourites this month… […]

Italia! photos of the month: March 2019

Lake Moveno, Italy

Enjoy this month’s gallery of beautiful Italy photos – and read on to find out how to enter our monthly photo competition… This month’s winner:  “We fancied a break by a lake in the mountains, but somewhere quieter than Como or Garda. I found Lake Molveno, in the Dolomites, by taking a bird’s-eye view from […]

Viewpoint: Botanical Gardens at Villa Taranto

PALLANZA, ITALY APRIL, 25, 2018 - Terraced gardens in the botanical garden of Villa Taranto in Pallanza, Verbania, Italy.

The Botanical Gardens at Villa Taranto in Pallanzo on the shore of Lake Maggiore were established in the 1930s by a Scotsman called Neil Boyd Watson McEacharn… Photo by iStock/ Getty Images Captain Neil Boyd Watson McEacharn (1884-1964) was educated at Eton and Oxford and developed his passion for gardening after his father bought Galloway House […]

Past Italia: Marcus Aurelius on horseback

Piazza del Campidoglio with statue of Marcus Aurelius in Rome, Italy.

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 the piazza on the Capitoline Hill was that the famous ancient statue of Marcus Aurelius should be its focal point. The statue […]

Italia! photos of the month: October 2018

Walk of the Gods Italy

Brighten up your autumn with this selection of fantastic photos of Italy taken by Italia! readers for our monthly competition… This month’s winner:  “The Walk of the Gods along the Amalfi Coast looking towards Positano – which has to be one of the most beautiful walks in Europe.” by Diane Watson, North Anston    More of […]

Viewpoint: Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo Todi, Italy

The Piazza del Popolo in Todi is one of the best-preserved medieval squares in Italy and very much the focal point of this scenic Umbrian town… This photograph of Todi’s Piazza del Popolo was taken from the steps of the Cathedral, which before the 15th century had stood more centrally in what was then a much […]