She’s 31, a Ship’s Captain, and She Just Torpedoed Italy’s Relationship With EU Partners

Europe’s migrant crisis has a fresh new face: a 31-year-old German ship captain who was arrested over the weekend for defying Italy’s zero-tolerance “closed ports” policy.   With a cascade of boos pouring down from onlookers, the dreadlocked Carola Rakete, captain of the aid boat Sea Watch 3, was taken into custody by armed Italian officers […]

Move Over, Tuscany: Puglia Is Italy’s New Hotspot for Luxury and Wellness Retreats

Puglia hasn’t always been on the global list of luxury travel destinations. But change is coming, thanks to visionary hotel investors and passionate local entrepreneurs. Restored farmhouses known as masserie dot the region. These lush properties boast gourmet restaurants, wellness retreat facilities, day spas, and villa-like suites–some with private swimming pools. A short distance south […]

This Island Escape Is Italy’s Best-Kept Secret

Known as “the black pearl of the Mediterranean” for its striking black-lava cliffs, the volcanic island of Pantelleria–the largest of Sicily’s satellite isles, at 32 square miles–has long lured a smattering of in-the-know travelers seeking a low-key hideaway far from the fanfare of high-profile hotspots like Capri and Portofino. Having bubbled up to the ocean’s […]

Italy Is Threatening to Repeat the Greek Debt Crisis—But With Higher Stakes

The eurozone’s chronic–and potentially fatal–weakness is about to be exposed again. The populist coalition in Italy is on a collision course with the European Union, as the former’s de facto leader Matteo Salvini looks to build on his victory in European Parliament elections this weekend by overthrowing the spending rules that the eurozone adopted after […]

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 […]