Italy

Tips and Articles in Italy

Right about now, you’re checking out your kids’ school calendar and wondering how to transform their week of vacation into fun for the whole family. The good news is that there are a growing number of options. College kids may have made spring br...
Mario Anfossi isn’t widely known as the Basil King of Italy—that’s just a sobriquet my friends and I came up with for him—but his farm, Azienda Agraria Anfossi, just inland from Albenga, is a veritable fiefdom of basil, whose aroma beckons from a ...
Pisa, Italy Designer Cecilia Iacobelli and chocolatier Paul de Bondt, husband-and-wife team behind Pisa’s De Bondt Chocolate: “This place is so much more than the Leaning Tower. There’s also a buzzing food and art scene.” 8 a.m.: The couple star...
I liked getting to airports early even before the last decade, when my neurosis became a necessity. My wife, on the other hand, considers time spent in an airport wasted, lost, anathema. And neither rain nor sleet nor Homeland Security is going to...
Forget the airport taxi: From the Persian Gulf to Punta Cana and Hong Kong to Bora-Bora, upscale hotels, resorts, lodges, and safari camps are perfecting the art of the unique arrival. These days, a "shuttle" to the hotel is more likely to be a he...
In my 22 years as a fashion editor, I’ve logged endless hours packing and preparing for long trips to style capitals. Covering the shows requires a certain facility for street fashion. My dull gray pantsuits—the ones that work in Milan and New Yor...
Carnival Magic The Vibe: Fun and family-focused—like its sister ship, the Carnival Dream—Magic has kid-friendly cabin styles (one that sleeps five and has two bathrooms); an outsize water park; plus a two-story adults-only area. (Is this why they...
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In their new book For the Love of Italy: Rural Pleasures and Hotel Estates (Clarkson Potter; $60), Marella Caracciolo and Oberto Gili travel from the tip of northern Italy to the southern Salento region to the island of Sicily in search of authent...
The ancient Romans may have invented the use of concrete for buildings—the Pantheon is still standing—but architect Zaha Hadid has perfected it. The fluid pale gray concrete curves of her boldly designed National Museum of XXI Century Arts, known ...
Ah, La dolce vita! For most people, this intoxicating phrase is synonymous with Rome. Not for me. Reluctant though I am to irritate the ghost of Federico Fellini, I think the concept finds its fiercest and most fabulous expression on a certain lit...
Day 1: Milan to Bormio (120 miles) In Milan, consider renting a Maserati GranCabrio convertible to fully take in the views of Italy’s lake region—you can lease one at Milan’s Malpensa airport from luxury-car outfitter Luxe of Italy (39-0652/279-1...
From toga-wrapped emperors to board-toting surfers, all walks of life have flocked to the seaside for renewal, reflection, and amusement, and the tide of influences has defined beach culture around the world. Transcending time and place, surf feve...
There’s a new reason to take the 30-minute cab ride ($30) out to Rome’s EUR district: the 54,000-square-foot White Gallery, the city’s best one-stop shopping experience. Inside the black-and-white-walled boutique, you’ll find a highly curated sele...
Rich, pretty Lucca. What shall we do with you? Surveying the Lucchese skyline from one of the handful of remaining medieval towers above the city, you’ll see a sea of low-lying ocher roofs, bounded by regiments of evergreens, bounded in turn by m...