Carnival in Italy is usually associated with the sophisticated costumes of Venice and the colorful carts of Viareggio, but there’s a place near Turin where locals prefer to fight hard with oranges at this time of the year… Read more

Famous for its violin-making tradition, elegant piazzas and delicious torrone (as well as for being the birthplace of fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni), Cremona makes for a great day trip from nearby Milan without the hoards of tourists you would normally find elsewhere in Italy.  Read more

Take some friends, a beautiful villa in one of the prettiest villages of the Italian Riviera and an olive grove in the backyard waiting to be harvested: the perfect way to welcome autumn! Read more

A recent weekend in Val Brembana was the occasion to visit one of the Italian villages high on my wishlist of places to visit: Cornello dei Tasso. Read more

Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is one of the prettiest towns in Lombardy, yet most travelers arriving at Orio al Serio Airport (one of Northern Italy’s main hubs) simply get a bus to Milan ignoring the place entirely… what a mistake! Read more

 

My memories of Pavia are mainly linked to the crazy university parties I used to go to a few years ago (well, maybe a little bit more than just a few..). Back then, I had no idea that this cute little town along the via Francigena was a key court in the Italian Renaissance and is a real treasure trove of historic sites… Read more

I was looking for a place near home to unplug for a few hours, enjoy great sights and sample good food and I found all this in lovely Bobbio, just over an hour drive from Pavia.
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Liguria is renowned for the pretty villages dotting the stretch of coast known as Italian Riviera, but there’s much more to discover if you venture into the interior. Read more