Letter From Lecce: A Renaissance Retreat

Editor’s Note: How lucky I have been to meet so many wonderful Italians through my work. One of my favorites is dear Ylenia. She is beautiful on the inside and out, adores animals as I do and exudes passion for her native Puglia. I’ve had some wonderful memories with Ylenia including filming a cooking lesson with her and a local …

Letter From The Veneto: Holding On To Dreams

Editor’s Note: Monica Cesarato’s enthusiasm for Venice and the Veneto is completely infectious. If you haven’t met her in person on one of her tours of Venice or cooking classes, you can now meet her on her daily on Instagram where she does live videos with friends all over the world every evening Italian time. I will be her guest …

March 25th Named As Dantedi

This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. The Italian government has declared March 25 National Dante Day (Dantedì) to celebrate Dante Alighieri, the author of The Divine Comedy, an epic poem completed in 1320. The new holiday is in anticipation of the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death, which occurred in September 1321 in Ravenna. Dante, a revered poet whose Divine Comedy is …

Letter From Rome: Beauty, Ashes, Finding Comfort In One Another

Editor’s Note: My dear friend Danielle Abbazia, and former associate editor of Dream of Italy, has been in love with Italy since 2003 when she spent a summer in her grandparents’ hometown of Castelvetere Sul Calore in the province of Avellino. At 13, she visited Venice, Pisa, Amalfi, Capri and as soon as she went back home she started thinking …

Excerpt From Always Italy by Frances Mayes with Ondine Cohane

Editor’s Note: In a world that has gone mad, let’s close our eyes and dream of Italy. No one writes about Italy the way Frances Mayes does. In the midst of the chaos, she has a stunning new book out from National Geographic – Always Italy – along with her fab travel writer extraordinaire co-author Ondine Cohane. We’re offering a …

Book Excerpt: Return to Glow by Chandi Wyant

In her early forties, Chandi Wyant’s world crumbled in the wake of a divorce and traumatic illness. Determined to embrace life by following her heart, she set out on Italy’s historic pilgrimage route, the Via Francigena, to walk for forty days to Rome. We’re very excited to host author Chandi Wyant on Facebook Live on April 29th (RSVP here) to …

FICO Eataly World Celebrates Leap Year Babies

Calling all those leap year babies! FICO Eataly World in Bologna is celebrating all those born on the day that doesn’t exist, February 29. On Saturday, February 29th Fico Eataly World will feature 29 stages of food and wine, concentrating the flavors of four years into just one day. Specialties will include cannoli, arrosticini, Ascolana olives, Sicilian arancini and much …

Meet Kathy McCabe at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show

Are you in the Denver area? Join us at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show on Saturday, February 22nd where Dream of Italy host, Kathy McCabe, will be sharing her 10 secrets to planning your dream Italian vacation! Every attendee for this session will receive a free membership to Dream of Italy – $47 value! The show will also feature Lisa Vogele- …

Podcast Episode #7: Exploring Florence While Staying at the Grand Hotel Minerva

 Florence simply enchants us…and some much of the Florentine experience is where you stay. Host Kathy McCabe has a favorite Florentine hotel and it is the Grand Hotel Minerva.  At the hotel’s stunning rooftop pool Kathy sat down with her friend sales and marketing director Andrea Bargigli to talk about what makes the Minerva unique and how to explore …