Introducing olio2go

It’s November and the olive harvest is well underway across Italy. Lovers of Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil celebrate this season as they enjoy the new oil for themselves and celebrate the holiday season with gifts of this amazing elixir. We are pleased to introduce one of our Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special sponsors, olio2go. Dream of Italy Special Offer Just for …

Florence’s Wine Windows Revealed in New Art Exhibit

Florence’s proximity to some of Italy’s most celebrated wine country, combined with the many noble families who resided in the city, has contributed to a charming tidbit of history: Florence’s buchette del vino, or wine windows. Hidden in plain sight, these wine windows look like small, arch-shaped cutouts in the walls of former villas around the city. Since 2015, an …

A Magic Atelier in Venice

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Costume and fashion designer Susanna Lazzaro is the owner of Atelier Scatola Magica in Venice, a “magic box” out of which come extraordinary clothing and accessory creations, each piece unique and authentic made in Italy. Lazzaro’s sense of and passion for fashion came at an early age: …

October 2019 – UNESCO Heritage Sites, Accessibility in Italy

Italy’s Intangible Heritage and How to Actually Touch It Three aspects of Italian culture life are up for inclusion on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. But they’re not “intangible” exactly, there are exciting ways to experience: Transhumance Alpinism Festival of Celestinian Forgiveness Accessibility: What’s New For Mobility Challenged Travelers in Italy Visiting Italy has always been a challenge, but …

Introducing Live Tuscan

Our TV series relies on underwriters to make our programming possible. A very special thank you to Live Tuscan for supporting the new Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special on PBS. Kathy was lucky enough to enjoy their wonderful hospitality with her dad. What a special experience that was! Their mission is to offer travelers a unique and affordable holiday in any of …

Podcast Episode #5: Steve Perillo on How Travel to Italy Has Changed

If you lived in or grew up in NY/NJ or CT in the past 40 or 50 years then the name Perillo needs no explanation. Mario Perillo and his groundbreaking commercials for his Italian tours made him more famous than the Pope in some homes! His son Steve has carried  Perillo Tours. forward. Host Kathy McCabe sits down with Steve …

Author Nardia Plumridge on How to Get “Lost in Florence”

The journalist and author of Lost in Florence shares her passion for the Renaissance capital. Nardia is also the author of  Florence Beyond Overtourism in the September 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Nardia Plumridge is an Australian writer who did what many of us dream to do – pack up and move to Italy. After living in London for …

Recipe: Lorella’s Ricciarelli from Tuscan Women Cook

This recipe was featured on Podcast Episode 4: How Tuscan Women Cook.  Tuscan Women Cook is a sponsor of the Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special, now airing on PBS. In this episode, Kathy visits the hill town of Cortona in Tuscany, meeting a woman who might be just as passionate about Italy as she is – Under the Tuscan Sun author …

Recipe: Gnocchi alla Lorella from Tuscan Women Cook

This recipe was featured on Podcast Episode 4: How Tuscan Women Cook.  Tuscan Women Cook is a sponsor of the Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special, now airing on PBS. In this episode, Kathy visits the hill town of Cortona in Tuscany, meeting a woman who might be just as passionate about Italy as she is – Under the Tuscan Sun author …

September 2019 – A Local’s Positano, Florence Beyond Overtourism

How to Beat Overtourism in Florence It may seem that, like other major European destinations, Florence’s most popular attractions are overrun with tourists. However, once you venture off the beaten path, you’ll find a more authentic Florence. Visit lesser-known museums and artisan studios to get a fuller picture of the city, its history and culture, and the people who live …