The Dolomites: Where Italian Cuisine and Adventure Reach New Heights

If you thought Italy’s allure lay largely in the opportunity to wile the away the hours eating and drinking endlessly in pastel-hued piazzas–well, you’d be right. But that’s just part of its perennial magic. For those whose version of la dolce vita includes extraordinary natural beauty, the Dolomites are a true Valhalla. Rising over 10,000 […]

These Eastern European Countries Are Home to Some of the Most Dynamic Winemakers Right Now

Thirty years ago, when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet bloc of Eastern Europe began to dismantle itself, few people were probably thinking it would change what wine they enjoyed the next time they went out to eat. But today, one can stroll into the restaurant Freek’s Mill in Brooklyn, N.Y., and open a […]

How Wines From a Little-Known Region Became Some of the Most Expensive in the World

Bordeaux, Burgundy, Barolo. Any oenophile’s eyes will light up at these names. With histories of winemaking dating back centuries, premier wine regions like the aforementioned trio command high prices and break records at auctions. So how did Bolgheri, an obscure Italian hamlet, rise to fine wine prominence on par with these regions within just a […]

The Minimalist Design Wave Taking Over Classical Rome

While Milan might be known as Italy’s fashion and design capital, throughout the last decade, Rome has started punching well above its weight, embracing a unique marriage of old and new. The open-air museum that is the Italian capital is synonymous with chaos, winding cobblestone streets, and reminders of history at every turn. The Eternal […]

Inside One of the Smallest Bars in the World: Milan’s BackDoor43

Nestled among eateries and drinking dens boasting sidewalk seating and overlooking Milan’s Navigli canals, those who seek it will find a tiny, seemingly anonymous window churning out classic cocktails in well-sealed paper cups. Congratulations: You’ve uncovered one part of BackDoor43, estimated to be the smallest bar in the world. Lest you be confused by the […]

How a Tiny Italian Resort Is Reviving Venetian Viticulture

If you were looking for an agreeable location to establish a vineyard, you could do a whole lot better than the string of marshy islands that make up Italy’s Venetian lagoon. Never mind the shortage of available real estate and a waterborne logistics economy that makes almost everything more expensive than it is on the […]

China Drops Its First ‘Belt and Road’ Anchor in the G7—at Two Italian Ports

Despite protestations from the U.S. and disquiet within its own government, Italy on Saturday signed up for the Belt and Road Initiative–China’s foreign-policy centerpiece that aims to create new trading routes spanning Asia, Europe and Africa. China and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding including 29 agreements that cover everything from satellites and media to […]