About Italy

My travels in Italy.

Medieval wall in Trento

Five Reasons to Visit Trento Now

The city of Trento, capital of the Trentino province of northern Italy, is not well known to tourists. However, according to a recent article by Forbes, it is one of the five most underrated Italian cities, and they advise you to visit before it is discovered by everyone else! So

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Old Roman wall in the SAS Archaeological Space, Trento

Exploring Tridentum, the Roman City of Trento, Italy

Trento, in northern Italy, is best known as a Renaissance city. However, the area has been settled since ancient times, most notably by the Romans, who arrived in the 1st century BC.  They founded a city which they named Tridentum and, if you look hard enough, you can still see

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Frescoes in Buonconsiglio Castle

The Frescoes of Trento, The Painted City

Italy is well known for its frescoes, but I’ve never seen so many in one place as in Trento, in the far north of the country. The pictures are everywhere, clinging to the sides of buildings like a kind of Renaissance street art. They are inside the buildings, too, most

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Courtyard of Castel Roncolo, Bolzano

Castel Roncolo, Bolzano: A Romantic Hilltop Castle

The South Tyrol region of Italy is full of medieval castles – more than 800 of them! Often perched on hilltops, with commanding views of the countryside, they were ideal for defence in the turbulent Middle Ages. But many were really grand country houses, the homes of wealthy families who

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Waterfall at the Gorge of Ponte Alto

The Gorge of Ponte Alto and its Man-Made Waterfalls

The Gorge of Ponte Alto, near Trento in the far north of Italy, has been a tourist attraction since the 1800s. It is easy to see why: two tall waterfalls cascading noisily through a narrow ravine. The view is spectacular, but it is not entirely a natural phenomenon. An early

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Rialto Bridge, Venice

Can the New Venice Tourist Tax Combat Overtourism?

At the end of 2018 the Venice city council announced that it would be introducing a new entry fee, a tax on every tourist entering the city. This is partly a response to overtourism, and partly a way of bringing in much needed revenue. But what precisely is the problem,

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