Reggia di Caserta

The 18th-century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Located outside of Naples, the palace and grounds make for a pleasant day trip from Rome or from other locations in Campania, Lazio, and central-southern Italy. Short … Read more

9,036-piece Colosseum Is LEGO’s Largest Kit Ever

LEGO Colosseum

In a year that has had little to no travel and more time than usual spent at home, LEGO has unveiled its massive 9,036-piece Colosseum builder kit. The Colosseum is LEGO’s biggest building set yet, edging out the Millennium Falcon set which has 7,541 pieces. Once built, the LEGO Colosseum measures over 10.5” (27cm) high, … Read more

Can I Visit Italy Right Now?

woman wearing pink fitted cap in city

Although Italy has reopened for leisure travel to many international visitors, keeping track of the rules for various countries has been challenging. As of this update, we are dealing with the new Omicron variant, which has created a surge in new cases worldwide. Here’s how Italy is dealing with the current situation: Fast Facts On … Read more

Drone Footage of Italy’s Empty Cities

Drone Footage of Florence

There will come a time when all of this is over and we will wonder what Italian cities looked like during the COVID-19 quarantine. This drone footage is surreal.

Italy Travel In the Time of Coronavirus: The View From Here

It is a strange time to write about travel to Italy. The spread of the coronavirus — and the hysteria and uncertainty around it — is something I have never seen in the 20+ years that I have been writing about the country. As of this writing, the CDC has listed Italy under a Level … Read more

Where I’ve Been: Interactive Map of Italy

where i've been map

I haven’t been everywhere in Italy. But I have traveled extensively throughout the country, both as a guidebook writer and as a resident. I have been to 16 out of Italy’s 20 regions. I have also visited Vatican City and San Marino, two tiny countries that share the Italian peninsula with Italy. It is my … Read more

Veneto Travel Guide

Gondolas on the Grand Canal in Venice

The Veneto region is known primarily for the city that gave it its name: Venice (Venezia in Italian). Here was the seat of the Venetian Republic, La Serenissima, which ruled the northern Adriatic for a millennium from the 8th to the 18th centuries. The Veneto is Venice and its canals, islands, and bridges. But it … Read more

Emilia-Romagna Travel Guide

Bikes resting against the wall of a medieval street in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna

Emilia-Romagna is a region known for its good taste and unforgettable flavors. The region is a major contributor to Italy’s gastronomic heritage, being the birthplace of prosciutto, Parmigiano, balsamic vinegar, and pasta like tortellini and lasagne. Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna, is home to the oldest university in Europe. Forty kilometers of porticoes stretch above … Read more