Meet the makers

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   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 feast day on […]

Puglia regional property guide

Fleur Kinson explores this sun-kissed southern region to discover the best places to buy your dream Italian home. whatever you’re looking for… Photos by Getty Images Puglia dips its heel into both the Adriatic and Ionian seas. The climate is reliably sunny, and hot and dry in the summer, with low rainfall year-round. The land […]

Five reasons to visit Puglia

Old Town Of Vieste, Gargano Peninsula, Apulia region, Italy, Europe

As if you needed any more reason to take a trip to this sun-drenched southern region, here are five excuses to pack your bags and book that plane! Photos by Puglia Holiday Rentals 1 Puglia is one of the largest wine regions in Italy but it is only in recent years that it has actually produced its […]

48 Hours in Matera

Matera, Basilicata, Italy (sassi di Matera)

Sara Scarpa flies south to visit a unique town in Basilicata that lives in the imagination of all Italians… Photos by Iain Reid unless otherwise stated   Lots has been written about this mystical and historic town in the otherwise little-known and rarely visited region of Basilicata. Part grotto, part subterranean wonderland (it is known […]

Cilento travel guide

Acciaroli, Campania, Italy

Denise Otero shares the very best of Acciaroli and the glorious Cilento area in Campania – from great places to stay to must-visit attractions Acciaroli & the Fountain of Youth If you are looking for the Fountain of Youth, Acciaroli would be a good place to start. We can thank the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de […]

10 things we love in Cilento

Beautiful beaches, unspoilt landscapes and fresh, natural food make the Cilento coast one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Denise Otero pays homage to the region and explores why people here live so long. Here’s our top ten picks of things to do when you visit… Photos by Denise Otero unless otherwise stated 1. See the town […]

Viewpoint: Procida

Beautiful View of Procida, Campania Italy

Lying quietly between the Neapolitan mainland and the tourist haven of Ischia, the unspoilt island of Procida is the Bay of Naples’ best-kept secret… With a land area of just four square kilometres and a permanent population of just ten thousand, for most people Procida is just a passing glimpse of land on the way […]

Aspromonte National Park: Where time stands still

The ruggedly beautiful Aspromonte National Park covers much of the bottom third of Calabria, the province that makes up the toe in Italy’s boot. Chris Allsop took a trip to this dramatic and often unfairly overlooked part of the country’s south. “They are like a net,” my guide in the city of Reggio Calabria told […]

Best Spas in Italy: from thermal bathing to wellness temples

Seeking out peace and tranquillity, Catherine Sidwell experiences a thermal wellness tour in southern Tuscany… 1. Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort Location: Fonteverde Localita Terme, 1 53040 San Casciano dei Bagni Siena Tuscany +39 0578 57241 Fonteverde’s philosophy combines physical health, relaxation and beauty. A wide range of spa, massage, yoga, beauty, thermal mud, inhalation and […]