Andiamo! Rome and Abruzzo In The Springtime

Go beyond the typical tourist experience with Travel Italy the Write Way. Get local experiences in authentic Italy and tour the unexpected places. Eat and drink ridiculously well and learn about regional cuisine and viticulture. You might enjoy a cooking class, a wine tasting, a visit to an olive oil maker, a tour of a candy factory . . . even …

Help Restore Michelangelo’s Final Resting Place in Florence

“When I walk up the piazza of Santa Croce I feel as if it were not a Florentine nor an European church but a church built by and for the human race. I feel equally at home within its walls as the Grand duke, so hospitably sound to me the names of its mighty dead. Buonarroti and Galileo lived for us all.“ …

In Abruzzo: Arrosticini on the Range

This article appeared in the September 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Look for Ristoro Mucciante in the Abruzzo episode of season two of our PBS series Dream of Italy – premiering in January 2018.  If you’re a fan of spaghetti westerns, you might recognize the location of Ristoro Mucciante, a barbecue-deli-picnic spot on Campo Imperatore in the region of Abruzzo. …

Dreams & Miracles in Castelvetere: Dream of Italy Episode

My dream of Italy started here… Castelvetere sul Calore For my family, Castelvetere has always been a place of miracles and mystery Those are the first three lines of the upcoming Dream of Italy TV episode about my ancestral hometown of Castelvetere sul Calore in the mountains of Campania, about an hour from Naples. We spent four long but absolutely …

Ancient Italy: A Cultural Journey Through Campania and Sicily

Greek, Roman, Phoenician and Arab cultures still mark the art, food and music of Southern Italy. This multi-generational small group tour is a sensory experience of ancient Italy. Explore the lost cities of Paestum and Pompeii, then see where Odysseus resisted the sirens in Naples. In Sicily, journey through the Valley of the Temples, shop in Palermo’s food markets and …

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 …