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Meet the village artisans keeping traditions alive in Le Marche, Italy

For artisan skill, there’s nowhere in Italy like Le Marche, a central region populated with family businesses that handcraft paper from hemp, weave basket bags for Italy’s biggest fashion houses, and stitch the leather balls used in an ancient sport.

Breaking bread: an Alpine family feast in Courmayeur, Italy

In Courmayeur, in the shadow of Mont Blanc, family meals are hearty affairs, involving plenty of cheese and suitably mountainous portions of carbonara and focaccia. Pull up a chair — dinner is served.

The road less travelled: four ultimate Italian journeys by car

The Salento peninsula at the southern tip of Puglia offers a road trip packed with sandy beaches, clifftop cave dwellings, dolmens and towns studded with elaborate, baroque palazzi. But where else stands out for an off-the-beaten-track road trip?

A culinary guide to Sanità, the atmospheric Naples neighbourhood on the up

Explore the revitalised district of Sanità to find authentic pizza restaurants, unique pastry, washing line-strung streets and a cathedral-sized ossuary carved into the rock.

A culinary guide to the Italian city of Bologna, from lasagne to Lambrusco

This is the cradle of Italy’s world-famous cuisine — an erudite, antique city of twisted streets, forgotten chapels filled with frescoes and imposing temples to scholarship.

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Photo story: the story behind the hazelnuts of Piedmont, Italy

The hills just outside Alba, in northwest Italy’s Piedmont region, are striped with neat green rows of trees and vines. The area is renowned for its wines and white truffles, but the jewel in its crown is the nocciola del Piemonte, a delicate variety of hazelnut with thin skin and crisp, dense flesh. The terroir here is ideal for these nuts: the slopes allow the soil to drain, while the altitude and climate provide the perfect temperature for the trees.

From panelle to pistachio pesto: a taste of Sicilian food

Cookbook author Ursula Ferrigno shares her insider tips to the Italian island’s fascinating food culture.

What they’re eating in Puglia

Once one of Italy’s most overlooked culinary destinations, Puglia is now firmly on the map for its plant-based dishes, pristine seafood and rising crop of converted farmhouses offering gourmet experiences.

A contemporary celebration: 12 designs shaping modern Italy

Audacious, sleek, and playfully chic — we celebrate contemporary Italian design and the cutting-edge creatives behind it: pioneers of architecture, interiors and fashion who are reshaping the Italian landscape to give rustic a modern makeover.

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Venice: Seeking Scarpa in the city of canals

Look hard enough amid the churches and palazzi and you’ll find temples to modern architecture designed by Venice native Carlo Scarpa.

Hidden Italy: Rolli Palaces

Italy is packed with so much exquisite art and architecture that some of it may have escaped your attention. On a visit to Genoa, go behind closed doors to discover the Rolli Palaces.
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Three recipes to bring a taste of Italy home

Chef Aldo Zilli took part in National Geographic Traveller’s recent event with the Italian National Tourist Board. Here, he reveals his take on Italian cuisine, from his favourite ingredients to the recipes you must try at home.

On the shores of Lake Iseo: exploring Italy's lesser-known lake district

The smallest of Italy’s great lakes, this scythe-shaped squiggle of water is home to fishing villages tucked into deep bays, backed by an amphitheatre of snow-capped Alpine foothills and terraced hills that produce Italy’s most-prized sparkling wine.
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The artisanal secrets behind Italy’s most precious cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano

Parmigiano Reggiano is Italy’s most celebrated cheese. To merit the name it must come from one of 300 recognised dairies and  be made using age-old techniques. This is a true labour of love — and the proof is in the product.

Learn to cook like an Italian in these four culinary hotspots

From making 'real' Neapolitan pizza in Naples to whipping up a squid ink risotto in Venice, these four cooking experiences will help you on your way to mastering Italy's world-famous cuisine.

How to spend a day in Trieste, Italy

From your first cappuccino in a Viennese-style cafe to a nightcap of Friulano wine in a folksy osteria, we map out the perfect day in Italy’s easternmost border city.

Three alternative Italian weekend escapes

With so many lakes, mountains and UNESCO-listed sites, Italy has no shortage of stunning locations to while away a few days. These oft-overlooked spots promise a unique break.

Six remote hotel escapes in rural Italy

Seeking a standout Italian hotel? These rustic-chic stays deliver showstopping views and service with style.

Deconstructing tiramisu: the coffee-infused Italian classic

The exact place — and year — of its birth may be hotly disputed, but this creamy, coffee-infused Italian dessert has gone on to become a modern classic.

Lift off! A new, panoramic border-crossing link between Cervinia and Zermatt

The high-altitude Italian resort of Cervinia, in the lee of the magnificent Matterhorn, is set to be linked to the Swiss resort of Zermatt by a new cable car — opening up a mammoth year-round ski area that’s suitable for all abilities.

Learn about wine with a sommelier on the slopes

Get an education in South Tyrolean wines while you ski.
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The Dolomites: A walk to remember

Here’s why you should be planning to conquer the formidable Dolomiti senza Confini — the ‘Dolomites without Borders’ mountain trail

How to make it: Emiko Davies' torta con i ciccioli di Nonna Maria (Granny Maria’s lard cake) recipe

This dense cake is enriched with lard and ciccioli, small pieces of fatty pork, to create an original and subtle sweet-savoury flavour

Do it now: Where to go caving

Cool, dark and mysterious, caves offer the chance for a true adventure, so don your hard hat and discover what lies beneath.

A local's guide to Sardinia

Want to understand the island? Visit the ‘entroterra’ — the mountainous spine of the island with our local’s guide to Sardinia.

A culinary guide to Sardinia

From decorated bread to ‘rotten cheese’, traditional Sardinian specialities are still being made today, using skills passed down through the generations.