Milan: Misunderstood by Design (August/September 2023)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2023 issue of Dream of Italy. Milan often comes across as a confounding destination both within Italy and out. Much like Los Angeles, it draws fierce opposition from those who do not call it home, all the while being showered with adoration by those that do. Truth be told, Milan is everything Italy is but also …

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Marriott Nights in and Around Milan

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2023 issue of Dream of Italy. As many of us know once you get status with a reward program it can really impact your travel choices. Somehow with some non-Italy travel and longer than usual stay at a Residence Inn when I moved back to Denver, I achieved lauded “ambassador” status within the Marriott Bonvoy …

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O mia bela Madunina

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2023 issue of Dream of Italy. Atop the tallest spire of Milan’s famous Duomo Cathedral sits a gold Madonnina—a little Virgin Mary—holding a lightning rod disguised as a halberd in her hand. Since her creation in 1774, she has become the symbol of the city. The phrase “all’ombra della Madonnina” means “in the shadows of …

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Dream Day in Italy: Exploring Grotte di Castellana (August/September 2023)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2023 issue of Dream of Italy. For an unexpected adventure in Puglia, an area loved by sun-worshiping beachgoers, look deeper. About 200 feet deeper, to be exact. Half an hour’s drive from the azure waters of Polignano a Mare, the Grotte di Castellana look more like another planet than Puglia.  The 100-million-year-old karst cave system …

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After 50 Years, a Palatine Palace Reopens

Fifty years after closing to the public, the Domus Tiberiana reopens on Rome’s Palatine Hill. The imposing structure sits above the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, inside the city’s Parco Arcaeologico del Colosseo.  A new path brings visitors through the impressive structure where the palace’s arches frame stunning views of the ancient site below. A holographic reconstruction of the house …

Venice to Charge Entry Fee Starting Spring 2024

Venice authorities revealed they will begin charging visitors to the city 5€ (around 5.40 USD) to enter for a day trip starting in 2024. The fee will be applied to 30 days over the calendar year, mostly on busy days during holiday weekends, Carnevale time and other days with peak tourist predictions. The specific dates are yet to be determined, …

New Naples Museum: Dedicated to Italian Tenor Enrico Caruso

Naples is home to the first national first national museum dedicated to Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso. Set to open this month  150 years after Caruso’s birth in the same city, the museum will be inside the Royal Palace of Naples in the Sala Dorica rooms.   Enrico Caruso had a career that spanned continents. He came from humble beginnings and rose …

Amerigo Vespucci: Italy’s Oldest Navy Vessel Off On 20-Month World Tour

Gold letters on a wood plaque on the deck read: “Non chi comincia ma quel che persevera“ meaning “Not the one who begins but the one who perseveres“ The Italian Navy’s oldest vessel, the Amerigo Vespucci, set sail on July 1 from the port city of Genoa and embarked on a 20-month world tour. Throughout its entire journey, the Italian flag …

Three-Night Castelvetere Sul Calore Experience with Kathy McCabe in Italy April 2024

So my Regent Seven Seas cruise has incredible timing as it departs from Rome’s Civitavecchia port on April 29, 2024. That means I can attend the Festa della Madonna delle Grazie in my ancestral hometown in Campania (about 2.5 hours south) the day before, April 28th. I want to invite as many of you to join me as we can accommodate. I am creating a special 3-night …