What You Need to Know About Italy’s New High-Speed Train

Updated 2018 Italo, Italy’s new high-speed train made its inaugural run Friday. This new service is going to revolutionize travel in Italy. Imagine traveling from Rome to Naples in just an hour; possible because the train travels up to 216 miles per hour! For the next few months, service will be limited to Milan-Florence-Bologna-Rome-Naples. You can book tickets now for …

Christmas Around Italy In Photos: From Bolzano to Puglia

My latest contribution for travel section of The Huffington Post is a slideshow on Christmas in Italy. Click on the photo below to start your journey through age-old holiday traditions in Rome, Milan, Turin, Alto-Aldige, Umbria, Puglia and more…. Learn more in our FREE 35-page Christmas in Italy Guide — filled with Italian Christmas and New Year’s traditions, Italy holiday travel …

Opera Strike in Italy

Opera houses across Italy are suffering from a strike organized by opera musicians and technicians in response to government-proposed changes to the management and financing of state opera houses. At the end of April, the Italian government announced a decree that would cut workers’ benefits up to 50% and prohibit opera house foundations from providing newly-hired workers with a fixed-term …

Northern Italian Cities to Ban Cars This Sunday

On Sunday, cities and towns across northern Italy will be smog-free for the day, according to Italian news agency ANSA. Northern Italy faces the country’s highest concentration of smog, and to combat the industrialized region’s smog problem, 80 cities and towns have agreed to take vehicles off the road on February 28. Turin mayor Sergio Chiamparino, backed by several other …

Lufthansa Italia Launches Next Week

The German flagship carrier, Lufthansa, is launching a new air service, Lufthansa Italia, linking Milan’s Malpensa Airport with eight European cities. Lufthansa Italia’s first flight takes off Monday from Milan to Barcelona, followed a few minutes later by a flight to Paris. Through February and March, flights from Milan to Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Lisbon, London and Madrid will be added …

Padma Lakshmi’s Italy Dining Advice

One of your editor’s favorite TV shows is Top Chef but I didn’t know the connections tha the host Padma Lakshmi has to Italy. She lived in Milan and Rome for six years and is the former host of the Italian hit television show Domenica In. In the current issue of La Cucina Italiana she shares her Italian dining recommendations. …