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 …

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 …