Rome’s Neighborhood Oranges

This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Money may not grow on trees, but in Italy’s capital, opportunity surely does. If you have ever visited Rome and strolled down its tree-lined streets, you will have seen branches heavy with bitter oranges hanging over city sidewalks and property railings. I’ve often wondered if this fruit was …

April 2019 – Dante’s Wanderings, New in Rome, TV Chef in Umbria

Following in Dante’s Footsteps Dante – author of the Divine Comedy, considered the father of the Italian language. The man and the myth are most often associated with his birthplace of Florence and final resting place of Ravenna. Tuscan scholar Raffaella Cavalieri uses Dante’s life as a travel guide of sorts exploring these two places and those in between where …

Rome’s Holy Stairs Restored, Uncovered For 60 Days Only

It’s been 300 years since the marble stairs of the Scala Sancta, or “Holy Stairs” were exposed to the public. Thanks to a recent restoration funded by the charity Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, visitors to the Holy Stairs, which sit diagonal from Rome’s Archbasilica of St John Lateran, will have a rare opportunity this Easter season …

Great Day Trips from Palermo

Our March 2019 issue is a special report on the city of Palermo by Sicily expert Sarah Murdoch. While the city is worth a few days of exploration, its also great to use as a home base for a longer trip exploring the west of Sicily. Day trips can take you as far as Agrigento, and there are also great sites …

March 2019 – Special Report: Palermo

Our writer and guest editor for this Special Report is Sarah Murdoch, a tour guide, travel writer, artist, former architect and packing expert. She has worked for Rick Steves for 19 years as a tour guide and guidebook researcher, recently coauthoring Rick Steves’ Sicily along with colleague Alfio Di Mauro (who helped with these articles). . Enjoying Old and New …

Introducing Dream of Italy LIVE Events

We’re bringing Dream of Italy, the award-winning travel publication and PBS series, LIVE to a venue near you! Our very first Dream of Italy LIVE events will be with Under the Tuscan Sun author Frances Mayes in celebration of our PBS special Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special which will premiere in the summer and  the launch of her book …

Under the Tuscan Spell: Relais La Corte dei Papi in Cortona

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article and all the places to stay here. We are thrilled that La Corte dei Papi is one of the sponsors for our upcoming PBS Tuscan Sun Special with Frances Mayes.  Cortona is famous for its Etruscan heritage, but its more recent claim to fame is …

February 2019 – Special Report: Charming Chianti

Who To Meet Along the Chianti Wine Road Steeped in true Tuscan culture and history, Via Chiantigiana is nestled within the rustic and beautiful countryside between Florence and Siena and the only place where Chianti and Chianti Classico wines are produced. This is the road to take to explore this slice of heaven and we have four local friends we …

Visit 16 Umbria Museums with One Ticket

Journey through time and Umbria with one single ticket. The “Lands and Museums of Umbria” ticket offers an easy tourist route that guides visitors through 16 museums spread over a dozen towns in the hilly Central Italian region. The participating museums can be found in: Amelia, Bettona, Bevagna, Cannara, Cascia, Deruta, Marsciano, Montefalco, Montone, Spello, Trevi and Umbertide. Each town is …

Modern Mormon Temple Opens in Rome

Europe’s largest Mormon temple will soon be dedicated in Rome. Visible from the expansive shopping mall, Porta di Roma, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a three story, 40,000 square foot building with a 160-foot spire topped by a golden, trumpet-blowing angel. The colossal structure is made of bright granite and towers over the other buildings in its …