March 2019 – Special Report: Palermo

Our writer and guest editor for this Special Report is Sarah Murdoch, a tour guide, travel writer, artist, former architect and packing expert. She has worked for Rick Steves for 19 years as a tour guide and guidebook researcher, recently coauthoring Rick Steves’ Sicily along with colleague Alfio Di Mauro (who helped with these articles). . Enjoying Old and New …

Who To Meet Along the Chianti Wine Road

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Steeped in true Tuscan culture and history, the Chianti wine road is nestled within the rustic and beautiful countryside between Florence and Siena and the only place where Chianti and Chianti Classico wines are produced. Along with some of the most incredible wines, you’ll discover local farmers and …

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Surprising Bagno a Ripoli

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. “Slowed to a speed for observing, Jacoby’s first hard look at Italy excited him so profoundly his teeth began to chatter. It seemed surreal — so casually spectacular.” – Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure by Andrew Cotto (that’s me!!) This is the reaction the protagonist in my latest …

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What’s Old is New Again in Chianti

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Editor’s note: The first time I ever visited Chianti was with Judy Witts Francini in 2004 and I felt so lucky to first experience this magical patch of land with a true insider. Judy is a native Californian who has been living in Italy since 1984. In her …

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Visit 16 Umbria Museums with One Ticket

Journey through time and Umbria with one single ticket. The “Lands and Museums of Umbria” ticket offers an easy tourist route that guides visitors through 16 museums spread over a dozen towns in the hilly Central Italian region. The participating museums can be found in: Amelia, Bettona, Bevagna, Cannara, Cascia, Deruta, Marsciano, Montefalco, Montone, Spello, Trevi and Umbertide. Each town is …

Modern Mormon Temple Opens in Rome

Europe’s largest Mormon temple will soon be dedicated in Rome. Visible from the expansive shopping mall, Porta di Roma, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a three story, 40,000 square foot building with a 160-foot spire topped by a golden, trumpet-blowing angel. The colossal structure is made of bright granite and towers over the other buildings in its …

Sweet 16 Places to Eat

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Santo Palato (Rome) Our new favorite Roman restaurant in the San Giovanni neighborhood has a bright young chef, Sarah Cicolini, whose rigatoni alla pajata, rigatoni with calves’ intestines in a tomato sauce, is sensational. Depending on what is available fresh on any …

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Sweet 16 Places to Stay

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Abruzzo) There are few places more beautiful in Italy than Abruzzo’s Gran Sasso National Park. Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio is located almost entirely within the park and was one of the first of these …

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Sweet 16 Experiences in Italy

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Truffle Hunting (Piedmont) One of the world’s most sought-after delicacies is the divine and expensive white truffle and most would agree the very best come from a corner of Piedmont. One of our favorite Italian experiences is …

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Dream of Italy’s 16th Anniversary Favorites

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! It is hard to believe that 16 years have flown by since I founded Dream of Italy. Our little publication has covered the boot from top to bottom with more than a thousand pages on every corner of our favorite …

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