A Pipe Dream Becomes Reality

In the hustle and bustle of this tourist-filled beach town lies two wooden doors framed by marble. A copper plaque with the words “Le Nuvole,” or clouds, hangs next to them. Walking through the busy alleyways, passersby might think this is just another entrance to a house.

Crawling Through History

While thousands of tourists are walking through Piazza della Republica marveling at the historic Renaissance buildings this city is famed for, Filippo Venturini is also surrounded by history – but he’s 65 feet beneath them being guided through dark, narrow sandstone tunnels by the slender beam of his headlamp.

Capturing Urbino’s Charm

Meet Paolo Mini, the photographer with an eye on Urbino. Behind his camera, Mini captures the beauty of Urbino.

Earthquake Aftermath: Uncertainty and Hope

Residents of Camerino, Italy, a town rattled by four earthquakes in one year, are hopeful they will return to their homes and businesses one day.

The Other Master of Via Raffaello

Via Raffaello is a relentlessly steep street in this hillside city named for the famed Renaissance artist who called it home as a child. Today a different artist resides here. Leonardo Cartolari doesn’t work with paint. Sugar and flour are his medium, his hands are his brush, and an oven is his canvas. With passion and a love for his craft, Cartolari rises before the sun to create his art.

Earthquakes Rattle Urbino Tourism

Hotels and other businesses report a decline in visitors since last year's earthquakes. Hotel Raffaello had nearly a 50 percent decrease in bookings within the past year.

The Sound of Opera

The sky began to fade as time crept to 9 p.m. at the historic courtyard of the Casa della Poesia. Everything was in place — the rows of chairs filled with eager concertgoers; the grand piano centered at the front, gleaming under the overhead lights. Fifteen opera singers entered the stage in single file, their tuxedos and long dresses creating a sea of color.

AgriBnB

Agriturismo, or agriturismi, in Italy is a budding industry in which farmers rent rooms to guests, much like traditional bed and breakfasts. Agriturismo is becoming an increasingly important part of Italy's tourism.

Off the Beaten Path

Visitors to Le Marche region who want an authentic experience may decide to spend their stay here, in an unconventional tourist location: a farm.

Bocce is Having a Ball in Italy

When eight-year-old Flavia Morelli told her mother she wanted to play bocce, Emanuela Rosetti was shocked and skeptical of the idea. “This isn’t something a girl normally does,” her mother exclaimed with a puzzled look on her face. Ten years later and Rosetti is proud that her daughter fought to pursue what she is passionate about.
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