The Triumph of Death: Mysterious Plague Painting in Palermo

Triumph of Death Palermo

Throughout the long, lonely months of our modern pandemic, I’ve been thinking about a dark and mysterious painting in Palermo known as “The Triumph of Death.” Known in Italian as Il Trionfo della Morte, the painting hangs in Palazzo Abatellis, a regional gallery in the Kalsa quarter of the Sicilian capital. Measuring 6 m x … Read more

Palermo, Sicily: 2018 Italian Capital of Culture

Congratulations to the city of Palermo, which has been awarded the distinction of Italian Capital of Culture for 2018. The Italian Culture Ministry (Ministero di Beni Culturali) awards the prize each year in an effort to promote tourism. Along with the distinction, the winning city receives 1 million euro which is to be used to … 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


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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, located off the southwestern coast of Italy. The Strait of Messina, a small, churning passageway between mainland Italy at Calabria and Messina, Sicily, was a key location in the ancient Greek epic The Iliad. Sicily, being such a large landmass between Africa, Europe, and the ports … 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

Italy Transportation

Trains in Italy

Getting to Italy Get started with your Italy travel planning by searching for flights to Italy. Indeed, there are other ways to get there (luxury steamliner?) but this is how most Italy travel dreams start. Italy’s most popular airports for international travelers are Roma Fiumicino (FCO), also known as Leonardo da Vinci International Airport; Milano … 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

Italian Cities

Before you plan your trip to Italy, take a moment to learn more about Italy’s cities and regions. Italy’s Largest Cities and Map The top 5 largest cities in Italy are, in order of population (2019 estimate): Check train rates and schedules: Planning to see Italy by car? 12 Most Popular Cities to Visit in … Read more