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Until 1963, Molise was part of a territory known as the Abruzzi and Molise. The terminology dates from the time when the area was part of the Kingdom of Sicily — a heritage that also groups Abruzzo and Molise with the Italian south or Mezzogiorno despite its central location. Since Molise has not been a … Read more

The 20 Regions of Italy

Italy is made up of 20 regions, each with its own history, flavors, customs, and local dialects. Some regions, like Tuscany and Sicily, are well-known as travel destinations, while others like Lazio, Lombardy, and Piemonte, are overshadowed by their capitals Rome, Milan, and Turin. It’s worthwhile to educate yourself about the regions of Italy before … Read more

Puglia Travel Guide

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If Italy is a boot, then Puglia (Apulia*) is its spur and stiletto heel. A long region on Italy’s southeast coast, Puglia is vast fields of wheat and olive groves in its north and interior and gorgeous beaches and swimming coves in the south. Puglia Map Puglia borders four other regions: Molise, Campania, Basilicata, and … Read more

Italy Map

This map shows Italy and its neighbors to the north, east, and west. Italy shares land borders with six countries (France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Vatican City, San Marino) and maritime borders with 10 countries (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Malta, Spain). France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia border Italy along its north, with … Read more

An Italian Artist for Every Italian Region [Map]

This Italian map is fun but certainly controversial. It is a map of each region in Italy represented by a painting or fresco by an artist of that region. Here’s the full map (click to zoom in). A list of the artworks and their creators follow. Alphabetical List of Italian Regions with Their Representative Artworks … 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

Abruzzo Travel Guide

Gran Sasso in Abruzzo

From its rugged, mountainous national parks to its less touristy Adriatic beaches, Abruzzo is, as noted by writer Giorgio Manganelli, “a great producer of silence.” Abruzzo is considered the greenest region in Europe owing to the fact that it is made up largely of parks and nature reserves, including three national parks. Approximately half of … Read more

Campania Travel Guide

Famous view from Ravello along the Amalfi Coast in Campania

Campania is one of those regions that has it all. Naples, the capital of Campania, is a lively yet mysterious city whose influence stretches across the entire region and beyond. The cityscape of Naples is unmistakable, with still-active Mount Vesuvius looming along the city edge. Not far from Naples are the ruins of Pompeii and … Read more

Lazio Travel Guide

Civita di Bagnoregio in Lazio

Lazio is Rome’s region. But despite being home to Italy’s capital and largest city, Lazio has a reputation for being rather bucolic. Lazio is known for its archaeological sites, medieval villages, tranquil beaches, and mountain towns. Top Things to See and Do in Rome Lazio Maps Lazio, called “Latium” in English and Latin, is Italy’s … Read more

December in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

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December (Dicembre) is a popular month to travel in Italy for both Italians and foreign tourists, thanks to Christmas festivities and markets. Rome is especially busy at this time, as pilgrims flock to the city to attend special masses on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. What is the Weather in Italy in … Read more