Comacchio: The Mini-Venice Nobody Knows About

Comacchio: The Mini-Venice Nobody Knows About

I hopscotched across several canals by way of footbridges—each one different from the next—and strolled alongside the glittering waterways without any crowds jostling me. In fact, I marveled at having the place practically to myself on a sunny day in late June. Next, I clambered into a flat-bottomed boat called a batana for a placid glide along the canals...

The Best of Affordable Italy: Tranquil Beaches, Cultured Cities, and Homes From $58,400 Part One

The Best of Affordable Italy: Tranquil Beaches, Cultured Cities, and Homes From $58,400 Part One

Sipping Aperol spritz at an outdoor café while watching the high-fashion parade of the evening passaggiata unfold along marble-lined promenades…or lazing on the terrace of a centuries-old stone farmhouse as the heat haze shimmers on a vista of cypress trees and olive groves… Everyone has their own personal dream of Italy...

The Best of Affordable Italy: Tranquil Beaches, Cultured Cities, and Homes From $58,400 Part Two

The Best of Affordable Italy: Tranquil Beaches, Cultured Cities, and Homes From $58,400 Part Two

If you want art and culture, Italy has plenty of that. The world’s most acclaimed artists and composers lived and worked here, defining the concepts and ideals of their fields. There are countless places to enjoy world-class museums filled with archaeological artifacts and exquisite art. But a region that stands out for its quality of life and beautiful cities is Emilia-Romagna. It’s one of the wealthiest regions in the country and offers great lifestyle, with a blend of outdoor activities and cultural pursuits.