The Small But Essential Pleasures of Italy (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy.  For me, dreaming of Italy—which is all I have done since my last visit there in October 2019—might not be what you would expect. Yes, there is the sublime cuisine and superb wine, but I write Italian cookbooks and can make dishes at home that remind me of la …

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Procida Takes the Spotlight in 2022 (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. Visitors looking for a more unexplored corner upon their return to Italy next year can venture to the tiny island of Procida, which was named Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2022. The award comes with 1 million € …

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Delightful Garden Cooking on Capri (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. If you’ve been to Capri, there’s a good chance you’ve dined with at Ristorante Michel’angelo, owned by Chef Gianluca D’Esposito and his wife, Holly Star. When it closed after 12 years, fans were devastated by the couple were …

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Modern Art in Abruzzo (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. MAXXI L’Aquila (National Museum of 21st-Century Arts) opened its doors to the public this year—a symbol of rebirth in L’Aquila, a community that was ravaged by both Covid-19 in 2020 and a devastating earthquake in 2009. The museum …

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The Eco Game of Goose in Tuscany (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. In the village of Poppiano, outside of Florence, artist Marina Calamai has adapted the 15th-century royal board game “The Game of Goose” into her Love Labyrinth installation, allowing guests to take part in a life-sized, immersive educational activity. …

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Dario Cecchini Tries His Hand at Fast Food (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. World-famous butcher Dario Cecchini has added a food truck to his Antica Macelleria Cecchini empire of restaurants, aiming to elevate the meaning of fast food. Cecchini came up with the idea in December 2019 and, during the pandemic, …

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A New Spot to Sip a Spritz in Venice (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. Is there anything more Venetian than an Aperol spritz? Sipping a spritz while snacking on cicchetti is a quintessential Venetian experience, and now fans of the bright-orange drink can order one alongside food at Terrazza Aperol in Venice, …

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Arrivederci Alitalia, Benvenuto ITA (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. Arrivederci, Alitalia! After 75 years, the historic state-owned airline has been replaced by Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA). Alitalia had a long history of financial issues until its final declaration of bankruptcy in May 2017. The new national airline, …

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ADI Design Museum Opens in Milan (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. Design enthusiasts, as well as casual art observers, have another new museum to explore on their return trip to Italy. The Italian Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI), or the Industrial Design Association, has opened a new museum in …

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October/November 2021: New Experiences and Small Pleasures in Italy

What’s New in Italy Even during the pandemic, Italians have kept innovating and creating. We explore nine new experiences to have in Italy in 2022, from food and drink to art and culture: New airline ITA replaces flagship carrier Alitalia World-famous butcher Dario Cecchini starts a panini food truck A hip, design-forward hotel, 25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino opens in …