Authentic Culinary Experiences in Le Marche

When you visit authentic places like the Le Marche region in Central Italy, you will inevitably be struck by the  wonderful bucolic landscape, rich cultural heritage, historic architecture and quality of the local products. At Le Marche Holiday, we would like to help you to get under the skin, by meeting local artisans and experiencing the true rural life. The …

Watch Season 2 of Our PBS Series on Create TV

If you’re not already a huge fan of Create TV (and live in the U.S.), you will be once you watch. Create TV is the public television travel/cooking/how-to channel and is available on 85% of U.S. TV sets. And the most exciting news is that season 2 of Dream of Italy is premiering on Create on Monday, July 2nd! For …

Dreaming of A Weekend in Italy

I know so many of you watch the TV series Dream of Italy as inspiration for your own travels. You can easily recreate some of my experiences in the show with help of one of our Season 2 sponsors, Weekend in Italy. Based in Italy and in business since 1995, they specialize in exploring the way I do, being in touch with fun, …

Adopt an Apostle in Painting Featured in Florence Episode

During the Renaissance in the 1570s, Plautilla Nelli, a nun and a self-taught artist, painted the only Last Supper to be painted by a woman. Nelli’s artworks were unusual for her time because of their large scale – The Last Supper is 23 feet long – and religious themes; she was also the first woman to sign her name on her …

Helping the Strays of Sicily

This article originally appeared in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Every available space in Gabriella Becchina’s house and yard is filled with pet supplies – crates, food, toys, and medicine – for the 30 animals she fosters at her animal rescue, Animalsicilia, and for her two pets. When she moved to Castelvetrano on the island of Sicily in 2003, …

Legendary Pizzeria Da Michele Opens Florence Outpost

Travelers in-the-know head straight to Naples for the country’s best pizza, but now they can taste some of it in Florence. A Neapolitan landmark since 1906, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, has opened shop in Florence. As much as a Botticelli painting hanging on the Uffizi gallery walls can inspire visitors, so can these pizzas. Expertly crafted by the Condurro family …

New Michelangelo Museum Opening in Carrara

When its new museum dedicated to Michelangelo opens on June 2, Italy’s marble capital of Carrara will have another claim to fame. Housed in the recently restored, 19th-century Villa Fabbricotti, the Carrara and Michelangelo Museum (CARMI) celebrates the Renaissance master and the Carrara marble he used in his famous sculptures. Exhibits are spread out across three floors: The main floor features …

May 2018 – People to Meet in Abruzzo, New Hotels in Italy

The Strong & Kind People of Abruzzo Abruzzo region with a proud pastoral tradition that has seen hardship and poverty due to wars and an isolated geographic position, but whose generous people have emerged with an indomitable spirit of survival and generosity. Meet four of our favorite people: a man who carries the stories of this area, a expert in …

My Mother, My Best Friend, My Zany Italy Travel Partner

You haven’t heard from me in awhile… It is because my mother – whom I have written about before because Italy was “our thing” and who also appears in the Castelvetere episode of season two of Dream of Italy – passed away on April 16th. Though she had cancer, she did miraculously well for several years, buoyed by what her …

Celebrating Peggy Guggenheim in Venice

In 2019, to mark 40 years since the death of its namesake, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice will focus on Guggenheim’s legacy, with several special contemporary art exhibits. Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), an American art collector and socialite, amassed the bulk of her collection between 1938 and 1946. She was born into the illustrious Guggenheim family: Her uncle was Solomon R. …