Join Us For An Evening Celebrating “Made in Italy”

If you’re in San Francisco April 6th, you don’t want to miss this very special event presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco. Enjoy a conversation with author and entrepreneur Riccardo Illy and Dream of Italy host and executive producer Kathy McCabe at The Firehouse at Fort Mason, on the occasion of the release of Illy’s new book …

Ascoli Piceno: Towers, Travertine and Olives

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to nearly 190 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here. The writer of this article, Valerie Fortney, won an award from the International Food Wine Travel Writers Association for this piece! With Renaissance palazzi, art-festooned churches, more towers than San Gimignano and a piazza …

February/March 2022: Where to Eat in Bologna, Lovers’ Tale, Italian Cheese Passion, Dream Day in Basilicata

Bologna Restaurants: Eating in Italy’s Culinary Cradle If you are going to eat in one place in Italy, it must be Bologna. One of our favorite travel writers, Kevin Raub, author of numerous Lonely Planet guides, now lives in La Grassa and has shared five restaurants, from quick bites to Michelin-starred, to eat Bolognese favorites including tortellini, ragu, crescentine, truffles …

Book Italy Travel Now For 2022

Italy is hot for this summer – this spring and fall too! As I told The Washington Post recently, “My friends who are travel planners and travel agents say they cannot book trips for this summer fast enough.” Do as I say and NOT as I do, because I haven’t made my reservations yet, plan and book your trip now. If you need help, I can …

Editor’s Note: February/March 2022 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to nearly 190 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  As you’ve just read on the facing page, one of our new features, Dream Day in Italy, is just a snippet of something exciting and authentic to experience in Italy. My friend Valerie …

Florence Duomo Museum Exhibits Three Versions of Michelangelo’s Pietà

All three versions of Michelangelo’s Pietà are now on display at the Museo Opera del Duomo in Florence (you might recognize the museum from the Florence episode of Dream of Italy’s PBS TV show). The title of the exhibit, Le Tre Pietà di Michelangelo: Non vi si pensa quanto sangue costa (“We do not think of how much blood it costs”), …

Introducing Dream of Italy Italian Language Note Cards

I often write articles or design products that I wish I could read or use.  And I’ve been looking for some elegant Italian language note cards, so along with my designer Karen, created them myself! This set of 6 note cards/greeting cards with Italian sayings on the front, blank inside and English translation on back. The 5.5″ x 4.25″ cards are printed …

2022 Travel Inspiration From Our Pages

While times may still be chaotic, to say the least, there’s one thing I know for sure: Italy can provide some relief—dreaming, planning, traveling (yes, I hear from Italy travel planners that summer 2022 is booking up faster than ever—pent-up demand). I’m sharing a handful of full articles below from the pages of Dream of Italy to give you some inspiration …