So You Want to Own and Run A Bed & Breakfast in Italy?

Jason and Ashley Bartner are American expats living the dream in the Le Marche countryside where they own an agriturismo (organic farm, inn) and cooking school. From the hustle-bustle of life in NYC to organic farmers and inn keepers at the age of 25 years old, their life changed forever! Ten years ago they founded La Tavola Marche and have …

Italy Travel Mistake: Not Drinking From Public Fountains, Especially in Rome

This is an excerpt from our ebook 31 Mistakes Not to Make When You Travel to Italy – free when you become a member of the Dream of Italy website/award-winning print newsletter! All of those public fountains in Italy aren’t just for decoration – the locals drink from them, and you can too. Rome has more than 2,500 fountains around the …

New Food Market Opens in Rome’s Termini Station

This article first appeared in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. A new foodie haven Mercato Centrale Roma (Rome Central Market) has opened in Rome’s main train station – Termini. The 15 gourmet and artisan food stalls represent the best of Rome’s classic and modern gastronomy. Vendors include Roman foodie favorites such as Pizzarium, run by Gabriele …

Italy Travel Mistake: Ordering Before You Pay At A Bar

This is an excerpt from our ebook 31 Mistakes Not to Make When You Travel to Italy – free when you become a member of the Dream of Italy website/award-winning print newsletter! At an Italian bar (the term is universally used in Italy to describe what Americans would call a cafe: small establishments where customers can order coffee, pastries, panini and …

Dream of Italy Wins Awards From Region of Umbria

June 11, 2016 was un grande giorno for Dream of Italy.  On a cool June morning in Perugia, regular contributor Lisa Chambers’ cover story, Scaling the Heights: Two Days in Orvieto won the top International Journalism prize in the Tourism, Nature and Culture category at the Raccontami l’Umbria awards. In addition, Dream of Italy’s founder Kathy McCabe also received a …

5 Things to Eat and Drink on The Portofino Peninsula

In the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Dream of Italy, travel planner Madeline Jhawar wrote about exploring the Portofino peninsula and the towns of Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo and Camogli. Not only are these towns great places for hiking, people-watching and local artistry, they are great places to eat and drink and here are the five things Madeline says you should …

Mask Making in Florence

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Dream of Italy. Many Italophiles associate masks and their manufacture with Venice and its famed Carnevale celebrations, but Florence, with its Commedia dell’Arte theaters dating back to the 16th century, also has a long, rich history of mask making. Florence has, of course, been a treasure chest of creativity for …

Explore Campania Past & Present

Campania Past & Present is not a tour of Italy, but a week to live in Italy. Home is Borgo La Pietraia which the Scariati family designed to look like an ancient stone village. Each suite has floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the Tyrrhenian Sea and Capri which appears on the horizon like a chunk of lapis. Guests are treated like …

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Looking for a trusted Italy travel expert to plan your dream Italian vacation? Look no further than The Dream of Italy Travel Service – Dream of Italy founder Kathy McCabe will personally match you with one of her trusted travel planners to take all of the hassle out of your vacation planning. The recommended planner will help design a magical …