Support Season 2 of Dream of Italy: Join The Dream Team

Italy moves us in ways that few other places in the world do. Whether you have Italian blood or not matters little, because those of us who love Italy are Italian in our hearts. Those who “dream of Italy” are part of a community for whom travel and all things Italian are soul-driven experiences. And we would love to include …

Italy’s 2017 Wine Harvest Starts Early Because Of Heatwave

This summer’s Italian heat wave which weather forecasters appropriately nicknamed Lucifero,  had Italy scorching with temperatures above 100 degrees for weeks and is now impacting the beloved wine grape harvest. The excessive heat and drought, coupled with spring frost and severe hailstorms, have caused grape farmers to start harvesting seven to 10 days earlier than in 2016, the earliest the harvest has …

Earthquake-Struck Norcia Property Named Hotel of The Year

Less than a year after a strong earthquake rattled Norcia in the region of Umbria, Palazzo Seneca was the first hotel in Norcia to reopen after the earthquake, and has now been named 2017 Hotel of the Year by Virtuoso, a worldwide network of luxury travel professionals. The central Italian town of less than 5,000 people saw its most important buildings …

August 2017 – Local Florence, Venice Palazzi, Naples Fertility Chair

Florence: Live It Local Across The River Cross the Arno in Florence to the Oltrarno where real Florentines live and work among artisans and high art. Get the local flavor staying in a 14th-century Renaissance apartment in Santo Spirito or hip, mid-century modern digs in the “little village” of San Niccolo. Take in sunsets, tower views and rose gardens. Meet …

Capri Walk #2: Natural Beauty Up Close (June/July 2017)

This article, Capri Walks: The Best Way to See the Island, originally appeared in the June/July 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. This is an excerpt on a longer article on 6 great walks/hikes on Capri.  To enjoy a more peaceful side of Capri, this walk circles around Capri town as it leads to the Arco Naturale (Natural Arch), then skirts along the …

Venice Biennale 2017 Is Underway

The Venice Biennale is underway this summer, showcasing contemporary and modern works from 86 countries. An artistic takeover of Venice, the 57th biannual art exhibition transforms the buildings, streets, courtyards, museums, and palaces of the city into venues to display pieces by artists of a wide range of ages, artistic backgrounds and national origins. The main event runs through November …

June/July 2017 – Capri Walks, Godfather Tour, Padua Castle

Capri Walks: The Best Way To See The Island The island of Capri off the Amalfi Coast is a dream destination…but most visitors come for a few hours and simply see Marina Grande, the Piazzetta and some of Anacapri. The best way to take in all of the treasures of this compact island is to walk or hike. Our local …

Palermo Street Food: Try Sfincione Palmermitano

The cover story of our April issue was one of our most delicious ever – devoted to Palermo and the savory and sweet street food you can enjoy in the vibrant markets of Sicily’s capital city. Our Sicily expert Allison Scola went in-depth on everything from Pane ca’ meusa (veal spleen sandwich) to cannoli. Here’s an excerpt on the food pictured …

What to Know About Palermo: Italian Capital of Culture 2018

In the April 2017 issue of Dream of Italy, Sicily expert Allison Scola writes extensively about Palermo and its street food. She says not only food, but culture is another big reason to pack your bags and head to Palermo in 2018.  Earlier this year, Italy’s Minister for Cultural Heritage and Art, Dario Franceschini, announced that Palermo will be Italy’s …