Editor’s Note: August/September 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the August/September 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here

Throughout this strange time in the world, I’ve always felt that Italy is poised for another Renaissance, a re-birth. I’m thrilled to report that despite the state of things, in this past year, a number of new hotels and accommodations have opened their doors. 

My friend Jane Fullerton Lemons rounds up nine new places to stay in this issue. I have to admit I have my eye on a few of them to visit on my next trip. Umbrian gem Castello di Reschio is one of Italy’s new hot luxury properties and I spotted Instagram posts from both Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson on their visits there this summer. Plus, Jane explores the new choices in Venice, Florence and Rome, including some very affordable options. 

I have yet to personally visit Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche but so many of my friends recommend it, including Valerie Fortney, who penned the article in this issue. You may remember reading a family story and mouthwatering recipe for the town’s famous olive all’ascolana (stuffed and fried olives) in the June/July 2019 issue. Many come here for the fried food but also for the towers. In its heyday, Ascoli had hundreds of imposing travertine towers, and there are about 50 left today. 

Bella Napoli always has so many layers to peel back, and my friend and Campania expert Danielle Oteri has found another one with the new modern fine-dining restaurant Aria. Even seasoned foodies will revel in the sophisticated menu, which goes beyond traditional Neapolitan food and presents an artfully crafted menu. The chef, Paolo Barrale, mixes his native Italian cuisine with his love for Japanese food to create inventive fusion dishes alongside Italian classics. Another reason to visit Naples! 

I always welcome your feedback and ideas. Email me at kathy@dreamofitaly.com 

—Kathy McCabe