The Ultimate Italy Travel Twitter Guide

Updated August 2009

I know there are many people out there who aren’t fully convinced about the value of Twitter. For Dream of Italy — tweeting as @dreamofitaly — Twitter has been an amazing tool for business networking, staying on top of travel trends, finding sources for articles, connecting with subscribers and much more. Twitter can be a great tool for gathering information before and during your travels. For more on using Twitter as a travel tool, see @LauraBly ‘s article from USA TODAY – one of our tweets is quoted.

A few notes about this list. First, I KNOW I must be missing some folks, so please add your suggestions for people to follow in the comments section. Second, we tried to keep this as Italy focused as possible. There are many, many great general travel resources on Twitter but we tried to keep this to the most helpful people to follow for Italy travel information or Italian culture in the U.S. Plus we tried to list only those who treat regularly. Tip: Read the whole list – you may find what you need listed in a different category.

Remember to follow us @dreamofitaly and tweet this list to your followers using this link:

Airlines
@eurofly – flights from NY to Rome, Naples, Bologna, Palermo

Amalfi Coast
@ciaoamalfi – writer and art historian on the Amalfi Coast
@driveamalfi – private driver and transfers

@AlfonsoFurore – manager of Furore Inn & Resort
@onischia – the great island of Ischia

Campania
@CasaDelCipresso – vacation rental in Avellino

Foodies and Cooking Vacations

@divinacucina – writer, foodie and culinary guide
@ciaolaura – culinary vacation planner
@debiff – Italian food lover
@dolcedebbie – culinary director of Savory Adventures
@DiscoverSoriano – food and wine in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio
@thetuscangun – weekly recipes from Tuscany
@fserra – foodie/techie in Italy
@theintlkitchen – The International KitchenEmilia Romagna
@ERTourism

Florence
@ItalySegwayTour -guided bike Segway and bike tours
@HowToBeItalian – Florence native, language teacher and tour guide
@ gelatamo – Florence-based gelateria, yogurteria, creperia
@visitFlorence – guided tours
@flipflorence – videos of Florence
@500touringclub – tours in classic Fiats

Hotels
@Venere_Hotels – 35,000 hotels worlwide, many in Italy

Italian Riviera

@ Littleparadiso – Texan tour guide in the Italian Riviera
@Liguria360 – panoramic photography

@VIETRI – Italian homewares sold in the U.S.
@ItalAmerGirl – Italian-American blogger
@Italyinsf – everything Italian in the Bay Area
@HowtoBeItalian – cultural ambassador in North Carolina
Lazio
@ilsentiero – accommodations in Aquapendente
@vallenuova – innkeeper in Urbino
@thehideaway – apartment rentals in the countryside
@Real_Italy

Milan
@rosso – Milan-based writer/photographer
@labellacitta – out and about in Milan

Naples
@hotelparkers 5-star hotel

Piedmont
@DianaBaur – artist and innkeeper in Acqui Terme

Puglia
@Ostuni -Puglia yoga, cultural exchange, language immersion
@svpuglia travel excursions in the region
@downatheel – Susan Pinna in Casarano

@livinginpuglia – a retiree in Puglia

Rome
@hotelsinrome – hotel reservations
@Rome_Shopping -shopping tips and guide
@SaveRome – non-profit institute for Rome’s cultural legacy
@Katieparla – tour guide/writer/sommelier
@ItalyTravelista – Nancy Aiello, Rome-based tour guide
@foodinrome – blog on meals in Rome and beyond

@thebeehiverome – stylish budget hotel
@romephotoblog – photos of the Eternal City
@vinoroma – wine tasting in Rome
@wheninrometours – tours in the Eternal City
@romesweethome – apartment rentals
@gcmcguireinrome

Sardinia
@sardiniavillas – The Sardinia Villa Collection

@secretsardinia

Sicily
@thinkSicily – villa rentals
@sicilyguide – Sicily guide for independent travelers
@lovesicily – cooking school in Modica

Travel Agents/Tour Operators Selling Italy

@elitetravelgal – luxury travel planner
@ciaobambino – specializing in travel with children
@smwatk – Sally Watkins, on Travel + Leisure list of best agents
@bellavitaitalia – Megan McCaffrey, Italian vacation organizer
@ciaoitalytours – Ciao Italy and Carrani Tours
@collettetravel – Collette Vacations
@culturalitaly – Italy travel
@selectitaly – Chicago-based travel firm
Travel Bloggers, Media, Writers
@ajcspqr – How to Tour Italy radio show
@italylogue – BootsnAll Italy travel guide
@mymelange – Italophile blogger
@wanderingitaly – James Martin, lives part-time in Tuscany
@Moscerina Fodor’s Italy editor
@italytutto – compiles best of Italy travel blogs
@italofileblog – news and tidbits
@ARoadRetraveled – travel video series
@theitalianshow – Denver-based talk radio show on Italy
@ItalyMagazine – focus on Italian real estate
@michellefabio – American blogging from Calabria
@MissExpatria – American expat who lives in Italy and France
@mybellavita – American writer in Calabria
@MaryAnnHemphill – travel writer
@ItalyTravel – Italy travel tips and photos
@tweetaly – factoids about Italy
@AKNickerson – author of Michelangelo’s Italy
@travelwithjulie – Italy-loving blogger
@ItaliaNews – daily news feed from Italy
@leifpetterson – author of Lonely Planet guides incl. Tuscany
@vespadiaries – Italy from the back of a Vespa
@italyfrominside
– Italian culture explained
Tuscany
@MaremmaGuide – guide to this special region of Tuscany
@tuscany_advisor – agriturismo in Chianti
@VillaiBossi – historic bed & breakfast
@utuscany– customized Tuscany tours
@tuscanapart – Tuscan accommodations
@TuscanyTourism – official tourism Web site
@ThriftyTuscany – how to save money in Tuscany
@casinadirosa – villa rental
@TuscanTraveler – Tuscany travel expert
@ToscanaMia – cooking lessons
@petsinitaly – helping needy Italian animals
@italyworkshop – Tuscany photo workshop
@AboutTuscany
@villacenami
– apartment rental in Viareggio
@ItsTuscany – villa rental agency
@palazzocervini – estate vacation rentals
@PamelaInTuscany
– cookbook author + B&B owner
Umbria
@MadonnaDP – Alla Madonna del Piatto B&B and cooking school
@sanpotente – villa rentals
@loveumbria – Umbria tours
@VecchiaCasa – holiday rental in Umbria
@umbriandream – villa rental
@villainumbria – villa and apartment rentals
@AssisiWellness
@poderevigliano – farmhouse for rent
Walking Tours
@contexttravel – walking seminars in Venice, Florence, Rome

Wine
@italianwineguy – Alfonso Cevola, Italian wine writer
@robbin_g – Robbin Gheesling of Vineyard Adventures
@DiscoverSoriano – food and wine in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio
@dobianchi – keeping the world save for Italian wine

Venice
@seindal – Venice Kayak tours
@Monicacesarato – Venice-native, Italian and English tutor
@livingvenice – travel writer, documentary producer
@cgtravels – self-described Veneto-phile

@sloweurope – Pauline Kenny, guest editor of our villa rentals report
@slowtrav – good source of info. on vacation rentals
@Italy_Accom – 700 properties throughout Italy
@villas_in_italy – villa rentals in Central Italy
@facingthestreet – DOI contributor who writes about living like a local

Help us make this list complete! Please add your suggestions for Italy travel people to follow in the comments section below…