June/July 2022: Cool Ways to Learn Italian, Joys of Italian Opera, Garden Cooking

Enhance Your Italian Language Skills with These ResourcesOpportunities to learn Italian are everywhere from virtual lessons online with a teacher in Italy to interactive apps to all kinds of creative YouTube channels. We detail 20 of our favorite resources from a subscription streaming service (with news, sports, drama) to a podcast on the ins and outs of Italian linguistics to …

New Adler Resort and Spa Opens in Sicily

I’m a huge fan of Adler Resorts, now run by the 6th generation of this German family. Hotel Adler Thermae nestled in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia is one of my favorite hotels in all of Italy.  Adler’s properties in the Dolomite property have long been on my bucket list.  Now the family is opening Adler Spa Resort Sicilia this month. The …

Join Us Live From Cortona Aug. 25th – Dream of Italy Book Club!

In Jennifer Criswell’s debut memoir, At Least You’re in Tuscany, we learned that seeking citizenship and creating a new life in Italy with little in the way of funds can bring an alternate reality than what may be portrayed in the movies but none of it deterred her. Almost a decade later, Well Seasoned in Tuscany provides us with the …

Summer Travel Tip: Put Air Tags in Your Luggage

If you’ve been watching the news, you know that it is one crazy travel summer! Delayed flights. Lost luggage. All of it. I really enjoy following Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy, on Instagram and his flying adventures worldwide. Well, Brian recently influenced me when he used Apple Air Tags to keep track of his luggage (sync one up …

New Rules for Vehicles on the Famed Amalfi Drive

Driving along the Amalfi Drive (22 miles between Vietri sul Mare and Positano) on Italy’s Amalfi Coast can be equal parts harrowing and exhilarating! It can also be a traffic nightmare – so many cars, especially during the summer. That’s why local authorities have launched a numberplate system so that only cars with odd-numbered plates can travel on odd-numbered days and only even-numbered …

Editor’s Note: April/May 2022 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the April/May 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to nearly 190 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here. A cover story on Trieste is long overdue. This is the city of my dreams. Why? Because despite some 60 (I’ve lost count) trips to Italy, I still have not visited this …

Dive Into Italian Craft Beer at These 5 Breweries (April/May 2022)

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to nearly 190 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here. There’s no denying that Italy is a card-carrying member of the Old-World wine vanguard. Italians bleed grape juice. They produce some of the world’s finest wines and some of the best everyday drinking wines, too.But …

A Day with Giorgione (Friend of Stanley Tucci) at Villa Selva in Umbria

Did you watch Stanley Tucci’s Umbria episode of Searching for Italy? We were excited to see a familiar face!  This article about Giorgio Barchesi aka Giorgione (who made porchetta for Stanley) originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. When my nonna visits me in Rome, she spends as much time as possible with her notebook and …

April/May 2022: Trieste, Craft Beer, Tuscany’s La Foce, Roman Pines

Trieste: A Different Side of ItalyThis city of coffee and culture on the Adriatic deserves one of our longest cover stories ever! Trieste is the Italian city least like the others. Once upon a time, this was the window on the world for the mighty but nearly landlocked Austro-Hungarian Empire. It became a multicultural bubbling bean soup of a city—not just …