Tuscan Hideaway: Villa in Montalcino

Sheri Levitt and Naomi Finkelstein of The Villa People recommend: Our recommended Tuscan hideaway is “Casa “R” in Montalcino (the home of Brunello wine) The villa is breathtaking in that it is nestled totally within the center of a vineyard and boasts 360-degree views. Each room has its own special feature such as fireplace, Juliet balcony or terrace.Typically charming and …

Tuscan Hideaway: Castelletto Di Montebenichi

In honor of or our March issue, a special report on Tuscan hideaways, we asked friends of Dream of Italy to tell us about their favorite spots in Tuscany. This recommendation is from Rosanne Cofoid of La Dolce Via Travel:Castelletto Di Montebenichi is an enchanting little hotel (just 10 rooms), in the center of a medieval hamlet that was once …

Tuscan Hideaway: L’Andana

In honor of our March issue, a special report on Tuscan hideaways, we asked friends of Dream of Italy to tell us about their favorite spots in Tuscany. This recommendation is from Anna Maria Sorrentino of Shop, Wine and Dine: Maremma’s uncompromising beauty , with its expanse of sweet rolling hills, stretches of dense pine woods, olive groves and vineyards …

New Budget Fights to/from/within Italy Launch This Week

According to BizTravelLife, today Virgin Express starts three weekly Boeing 737 flights from its Brussels hub to Palermo, Sicily. Wednesday, Virgin Express starts three weekly Boeing 737 flights from its Brussels hub to Palermo, Sicily. And on Friday, Ryanair begins four weekly Boeing 737 flights from London/Stansted to Parma.

Interested in Learning Italian On Your Own?

I received an e-mail today from a fellow travel writer who is looking for someone who doesn’t currently speak Italian but would like to begin learning. Perhaps in preparation for a summer trip? She would like that person to try a particular brand of books and tapes (she will be provide them and you are free to keep them as …

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RSS & Travel to Italy

I have soooooo much work to finish tonight and I should be writing, but I just discovered the wonderful world of RSS and I’m now obsessed! I knew what RSS was before today BUT never downloaded a reader. Well, I have a reader (Google) and have even set up this blog with a RSS feed: Join the fun and subscribe …

Mussolini’s Villa Opens to Public

After $6 million of renovations to restore decades of decay, Rome’s Villa Torlonia, the home of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his family from 1925 to 1943, has opened to the public. Visitors will be able to see the the hidden bunkers and anti-gas chamber Il Duce constructed. According to the AP, “While restoring the chamber, archeologists discovered it was …

Starhotels Offers Spring Cultural Excursions

From April 14 to May 7, 2006, select Starhotels properties in Florence, Rome and Naples will be offering artistic excursions with every two-night stay. Guests can take in Modigliani (painting to the right) exhibit in Rome, the “Mythology and Erotica” show in Florence or a display of Titian’s paintings in Naples. In Rome, reserve a room at either Starhotels Michelangelo …

Joe Knows… Flying to Italy

As I mentioned in a previous post, travel industy experts are predicting a busy summer for travel to Europe. Yet, seats on planes to Italy always seem to be at a premium during the summer. When it comes to anything airline related, I always turn to my friend Joe Brancatelli of Joesentme.com (by the way, members of his site get …