Costume worn by Napoleon to his coronation as king of Italy, 1805    From the Stibbert Museum

Costume worn by Napoleon to his coronation as king of Italy, 1805 From the Stibbert Museum

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The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the world's oldest shopping mall. Housed within a four-storey double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the world's oldest shopping mall. Housed within a four-storey double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy

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The Cross - San Galano Abbey, Tuscany | Igor Menaker Photography I've put as many as I could on our list for this time but plenty more to explore some other time

The Cross - San Galano Abbey, Tuscany | Igor Menaker Photography I've put as many as I could on our list for this time but plenty more to explore some other time

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Travel Tips for Seeing Rome in 24 Hours - The Best Neighborhoods, Sightseeing, Restaurants and Where to Stay

Travel Tips for Seeing Rome in 24 Hours - The Best Neighborhoods, Sightseeing, Restaurants and Where to Stay

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Very Rare image of Henry II (972-1024) King of Italy and Germany also Holy Roman Emperor during the time of the Ottonian Dynasty. From the Sacramentary of Henry II (1002 -1014). Undeniable proof of so called black presence throughout Europe.

Very Rare image of Henry II (972-1024) King of Italy and Germany also Holy Roman Emperor during the time of the Ottonian Dynasty. From the Sacramentary of Henry II (1002 -1014). Undeniable proof of so called black presence throughout Europe.

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The train is one of the BEST, easiest, and cheapest ways to get around in Italy! But if it's your first experience with Italy's rail system, it can seem confusing. Here's how to find the train schedule, choose the train you want, book your ticket, and more!

The train is one of the BEST, easiest, and cheapest ways to get around in Italy! But if it's your first experience with Italy's rail system, it can seem confusing. Here's how to find the train schedule, choose the train you want, book your ticket, and more!

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Bracelet of the queen of Portugal, Maria pia. The charm opens and inside there is a picture of her brother, the king of Italy, Umberto I. 19th century, Made in Gold, diamonds, Emeralds and Enamel.

Bracelet of the queen of Portugal, Maria pia. The charm opens and inside there is a picture of her brother, the king of Italy, Umberto I. 19th century, Made in Gold, diamonds, Emeralds and Enamel.

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Once upon a time, you were sitting in your office cubicle daydreaming about what it would be like to be a king or queen. But today, you can turn that fairytale reverie into reality, thanks to Italy. The boot-shaped country happens to be home to some of the most spectacular castles-turned-hotels in the world (and here, you thought it was all ruins). To help you get a taste of the finer life, we’ve compiled a list of eight Italian castle hotels that merit the word “wow.”

Once upon a time, you were sitting in your office cubicle daydreaming about what it would be like to be a king or queen. But today, you can turn that fairytale reverie into reality, thanks to Italy. The boot-shaped country happens to be home to some of the most spectacular castles-turned-hotels in the world (and here, you thought it was all ruins). To help you get a taste of the finer life, we’ve compiled a list of eight Italian castle hotels that merit the word “wow.”

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Villa Della Regina fountain. Torino - Italy  Where my dad was born...well, not in the fountain.

Villa Della Regina fountain. Torino - Italy Where my dad was born...well, not in the fountain.

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