Italy

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In Rome, the Holidays Get a Sour Face

By / December 2016

In Italy, writes Chris Watts, Saint Nick plays second fiddle to La Befana, the Christmas Hag. Just don’t call her a witch.

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San Mercuriale. Photograph by kristobalite

Letter from Forli

By / July 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones writes from Forli, (adopted) home of dictators, bell towers, pseudo-historical scandal, and perhaps the world’s most beautiful prison.

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Photograph by Daniele

Italy’s Best Kept Secrets

By / November 2014

Chris Watts runs down five underrated Italian locales, from Abruzzo National Park to the ruins at Paestum: “Be careful,” he writes of the town of Lucca, “this place, like it’s famous Tuscan wine, is intoxicating.”

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Italy’s Most Overrated Attractions

By / September 2014

Headed to Italy? Chris Watts runs down the country’s most underwhelming hotspots and offers up some fresh alternatives.

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Biking the Italian Breadbasket

By / January 2014

The best way to see and taste Italy’s Po River Valley, writes Samantha Fields Alviani, is on two wheels: “As we pedaled, caught up in the mechanical sweep of rubber against old road, my focus drifted to thoughts of Parmigiano-Reggiano and glasses of Lambrusco.”

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Rolling Hills of Tuscany, Photo by Stefano Constantini on Flickr

On the Map: Tuscany

By / September 2013

When gnarled grape vines hang heavy with clusters of plump fruit, it’s time to harvest in Tuscany.

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