When To Travel To Sicily

Allison Scola is the owner and curator of Experience Sicily, a boutique travel company, and shares a few tips on WHEN to go to Sicily: If you are ambitious and you correctly time your travel to Sicily, you can ski in the morning on Mount Etna and swim in the Ionian Sea in the afternoon–Not every day at the end of February or …

Connect With Women Who Share Your Italian Cultural Legacy

I’m a member of NOIAW and if you’re a woman of Italian descent, you should consider joining this incredible organization.  Since 1980, the National Organization of Italian American Women has flourished to inspire, empower and connect women through Italian heritage and culture and is the only national organization for women of Italian ancestry. NOIAW celebrates the accomplishments of Italian American women and …

Gift Idea: Tubes of Life to Celebrate Miracles

I’m in the final days of editing the final episode of season 2 – premiering in January – of Dream of Italy on PBS. This one means more to me than anything I have done or will do professionally because it is about how my ancestral hometown in Italy – Castelvetere sul Calore – a place has captured my heart since I was a child, before …

Unique Christmas Celebrations in Central Italy

An edited version of this article appeared in the November 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Click here for all Christmas in Italy travel suggestions The holiday season is a magical time of year in Italy and a great time to experience Italian traditions new and old. Over the years at Dream of Italy, we’ve written about various ways to celebrate …

Eataly World Opens in Bologna

This article appeared in the November 2017 of Dream of Italy. FICO Eataly World, a 25-acre interactive food park in Bologna was dubbed the “Disneyland of Food” by the international press, even before opening on November 15. This made me a bit skeptical before I made a pre-opening media visit, but I ended up impressed.  Yes, the best of Italy’s culinary traditions …

November 2017 – Winter Family Fun in Cortina, Christmas in Tuscany, Eataly World Opens

Winter Family Fun in Cortina d’Ampezzo The Dolomites Mountains offer some of the world’s best winter sports and fun for the whole family. Find out how one multi-generational family made their base in Cortina d’Ampezzo and found something for everyone including cross-country skiing for grandma and incredible Alpine cuisine – especially the local rifugios. Christmas in Tuscany Tuscany is magical …

St. Hubertus Restaurant in Dolomites Earns 3 Michelin Stars

A mountainside restaurant in northern Italy has become the first Italian restaurant to earn the coveted three-star Michelin rating since 2014. Named after the patron saint of hunters, St. Hubertus was founded in 1996 in the pizzeria of the Rosa Alpina Hotel and Spa. Chef Norbert Niederkofler, a native of South Tyrol, transformed it into a gourmet restaurant; it received …

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. …