Ascoli Piceno: Towers, Travertine and Olives

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to nearly 190 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here. The writer of this article, Valerie Fortney, won an award from the International Food Wine Travel Writers Association for this piece! With Renaissance palazzi, art-festooned churches, more towers than San Gimignano and a piazza …

Dream Day in Italy: Flight of the Angel Zipline (February/March 2022)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. I’ve had many incredible experiences and breathless adventures here in Italy, but by far the most thrilling and adrenaline pumping was getting strapped into a harness and rocketing across a 1,200-foot-deep gorge at 75 miles an hour. Truly the “flight of the angel,” as it is called.  …

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Bologna Restaurants: Eating in Italy’s Culinary Cradle (February/March 2022)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Affectionately referred to as La Grassa (“the fat one”), Bologna is the capital of Emilia-Romagna, arguably Italy’s most important food region.  Granted, you’ve got Piemonte and Liguria in the north, Toscana and Umbria in the middle, Puglia and Sicilia in the south—it’s almost impossible to go wrong …

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Star-Crossed Love: Florence’s Own Romeo and Juliet (February/March 2022)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Before Romeo and Juliet, there was Francesco and Bianca. She, a runaway Venetian of noble blood; he, the Medici heir apparent to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.  As with Shakespeare’s fictitious characters, the real-life Bianca and Francesco faced intense opposition to their union. Angry family members, spiteful …

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Finding a Passion for Italian Cheese (February/March 2022)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Kristine Jannuzzi has what many people would consider a dream job: writing about cheese, hosting cheese tastings and visits to Italian cheesemakers, and judging at the prestigious World Cheese Awards.  Given her Italian-American heritage, she has always had a fondness for cheese, but her career as a …

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Editor’s Note: February/March 2022 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to nearly 190 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  As you’ve just read on the facing page, one of our new features, Dream Day in Italy, is just a snippet of something exciting and authentic to experience in Italy. My friend Valerie …

Florence Duomo Museum Exhibits Three Versions of Michelangelo’s Pietà

All three versions of Michelangelo’s Pietà are now on display at the Museo Opera del Duomo in Florence (you might recognize the museum from the Florence episode of Dream of Italy’s PBS TV show). The title of the exhibit, Le Tre Pietà di Michelangelo: Non vi si pensa quanto sangue costa (“We do not think of how much blood it costs”), …

Introducing Dream of Italy Italian Language Note Cards

I often write articles or design products that I wish I could read or use.  And I’ve been looking for some elegant Italian language note cards, so along with my designer Karen, created them myself! This set of 6 note cards/greeting cards with Italian sayings on the front, blank inside and English translation on back. The 5.5″ x 4.25″ cards are printed …

2022 Travel Inspiration From Our Pages

While times may still be chaotic, to say the least, there’s one thing I know for sure: Italy can provide some relief—dreaming, planning, traveling (yes, I hear from Italy travel planners that summer 2022 is booking up faster than ever—pent-up demand). I’m sharing a handful of full articles below from the pages of Dream of Italy to give you some inspiration …