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 …

December 2018/January 2019 – 16th Anniversary Italy Favorites

Sweet 16 Experiences in Italy In honor of the 16th anniversary of Dream of Italy, we’ve looked back through our pages to curate some of our most memorable Italian experiences. Truffle hunting with our favorite brothers tops the list! And how we love learning experiences, from making mozzarella (and meeting the buffalo who make the milk) to crafting Venetian masks. …

Recipe: Hot Chocolate Love Cake (Tortino di Cioccolato)

The first author in our Dream of Italy Book Club is Sheryl Ness. Her book, Love in a Tuscan Kitchen: Savoring Life through the Romance, Recipes, and Traditions of Italy is a real life fairy-tale and it all started with a tortino di cioccolato- a hot chocolate cake. Read about the magic of this chocolate cake and see the recipe to make it for …

What’s New in Italy in 2019

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! There’s a saying that comes to mind when we think of Italy: “Everything old is new again.” Italy may be known for ancient ruins but its also a country of innovation and rediscovery. So indeed, there’s always something new in …

Star of Summer 2019: Bocelli To Perform Twice at Teatro Del Silenzio

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2019 article here. Lajatico, in the Tuscan province of Pisa, is the home of the annual Teatro Del Silenzio. The city’s star son, Andrea Bocelli, acts as the protagonist of the show and his booming voice echoes throughout the theater and his native town. The amphitheater …

Farewell to the Signora of Saffron

We were saddened to hear of the December 2018 passing of Gina Sarra, whom we featured in our May 2018 issue. Signora Sarra is remembered as someone who held high the traditions of cultivating saffron and treated the “red gold” with great respect. She was and is a symbol of hope for the future of saffron production in the Navelli plateau of Abruzzo. An …