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The Orange-Scented Carnival of Ivrea, Piedmont

“Buon Carnevale!”, I heard everywhere in the two days that I stayed in Ivrea, Piedmont. The Carnival's main event, the Battle of the Oranges, is known outside of Italy as one of the largest food fights in the country and one of the most peculiar events in Europe. However, as I discovered during my stay, there is ...

Car-Free Islands in Italy

Looking for a green destination without noisy crowds and cars? There are a few islands in Italy that are off limits to cars. There you can bike, walk and enjoy clean air. Alicudi, Sicily Leave your car behind, hope on a ferry and head to this charming island that is part of the Aeolian volcanic archipelago in ...

Travelling by Vintage Train

Is there anything more romantic than travelling by train in Italy? Yes, travelling by VINTAGE train! The Italian state railway foundation runs a project “Timeless railways” with excellent itineraries in Lombardy, Tuscany, Abruzzo and Sicily for those who want to travel at a slow pace in old restored steam and diesel trains.The “Val D’Orcia Railway” ...