Top 10 things to do in Le Marche

Loreto, Marche, province of Ancona. Panoramic view of the residence of the Basilica della Santa Casa, a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics at sunset

Looking for things to do in Le Marche? Jane Keightley talks us through her top 10 Le Marche attractions… Although not as popular with tourists as neighbouring Tuscany and Umbria, Le Marche is blessed with beautiful hill towns as far as the eye can see. With the soaring peaks of the Sibillini Mountains on one […]

5 best Italian walks

family walking in tuscany

Take a stroll (or a hike) through our five favourite spots for Italian walks… 1. Via Ferrata (SOSAT), Brenta Dolomites, Trentino Alto Adige. Italian walks don’t get much more stunning than this. The Dolomites are liberally scattered with vie ferrate, or ‘iron paths’ – high mountain routes with fixed climbing aids to help walkers negotiate […]

5 foodie reasons to visit Bologna

Characteristic food shops in the historic center of Bologna

Discover the delicious reasons to visit Bologna in Emilia-Romagna … 1. Authentic ragù When you think of Bologna, Bolognese sauce may spring to mind – but you won’t ever find it teamed with spaghetti in this city. This is a common misconception that spread across Europe and the United States when the ragù left its […]

Wine, women & song

Mary Novakovich and friends enjoy a long-awaited reunion – and where better to do it than Tuscany? Better late than never. Covid had put the kibosh on so many celebrations during lockdown, but there was no way my friend Tracey wasn’t going to make a big splash for her 50th birthday – even if it […]

48 Hours in Ischia

Tom Alberto Bull travels to Ischia, a perfect little gem in the glittering Gulf of Naples Affectionately known as the Isola Verde, the ‘Green Island’, Ischia has so much to offer for a short getaway. The terrain is small enough to explore in just a few days and the rewards are plentiful: natural springs emanating […]

5 foodie reasons to visit Modena

Barrels of balsamic vinegar di Modena

Discover five delicious reasons to visit Modena… 1. Beautiful balsamic vinegar Modena is a favourite with gastronomes for many reasons, but one of its greatest attractions has to be its world-acclaimed balsamic vinegar. The DOP product has been made in the city since the Middle Ages, and unlike ordinary vinegar is made from reduced grape […]

48 hours in Bergamo

bergamo citta alta and its towers at sunset

Rachael Martin visits Bergamo, one of Italy’s two Capitals of Culture for 2023, a gem of a city in the heart of Lombardy Even as you approach Bergamo and first see it from a distance, you can already sense that you’re in for something special. The name Bergamo – or Bèrghem as the locals call […]

Truffle Hunting in Le Langhe

White truffles arranged on a pillow with wine and a shaver. a Piedmont landmark can be seen in the background

Kate Wickers goes to Le Langhe in search of the elusive truffle On a mauve-smeared morning in the wine-producing Langhe Hills of Piedmont, where soft grey mists hang in vine-strung valleys, I’m striking out into woods with a young female trifulau (truffle hunter), Marta Menegaldo, and her Lagotto Romagnolo pup, Luna. With the snap of […]