Pauline Frommer’s Picks for Milan and Rome

This is an excerpt from the September 2006 issue of Dream of Italy and Pauline Frommer’s Italy. Although Pauline focuses mainly on budget choices, these selections are great options for the more upscale traveler as well. I’ve eaten at Brek in Turin and had a fantastic meal there. – K.M. ROME: Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome handles both self-catering …

Party in Naples This Saturday

The city of Naples will host its second annual “La Notte Bianca” (White Night) this Saturday, September 30. The theme for this year’s event is “The Mediterranean, a Sea of Culture.” According to the organizers, “It will feature the artistic expressions of the various countries sharing this sea: not only Europe, with the multiplicity of the cultures and traditions of …

Join Us for Washington, D.C.’s Festa Italiana

Washington, D.C.’s 8th annual Festa Italiana will take place this Sunday, September 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. and Dream of Italy will have a booth at the celebration! The location is at 3rd and F Streets, N.W. Dream of Italy will have jewelry, guidebooks, DVDs, note cards and more available at its booth, as well as free …

Piemonte on the Brain

It seems that everywhere I turn there’s an event, an article, a conversation involving the Piedmont region of Italy. Even before I attended the Winter Olympics in Turin, Piedmont had one a special place in my heart. I can liken it to Tuscany before it was discovered; and the wine and food in Piedmont (especially those awesome white truffles) give …

News Briefs: Pizza, Strikes and More

September looks to be an active month for transportation strikes in Italy. Often these strikes are called off at the last minute, but a national strike of public transportation workers looks to still be scheduled for Friday, September 15. National rail service will not be affected, but service on local buses, trams, subways and trains will be limited. A Japanese …

Chinese Soldiers in Rome

Someone was telling me last night that she thinks tourism to China might be giving tourism to Italy a run for its money. I don’t know of any stats to back that up, but if you’re interested in both China and Italy, then this exhibit is for you: China: The Birth of an Empire, featuring over 350 artifacts – many …

Stay Up All Night in Rome

Rome will be open all night starting at 8 p.m. Friday, September 8 and ending Saturday at 8 a.m. It is the Eternal City’s annual celebration Notte Bianca (White Night), featuring hundreds of events all over the city. Dozens of theaters, art galleries and museums, including the Villa Borghese, the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Colosseum and the Villa Medici, will …

Wash, D.C.: Beppe Severgnini Reading

Fans of the irrepressible Italian author Beppe Severgnini listen up. If you’re in the Washington, D.C.-area, you can hear him speak at an Italian Cultural Institute presentation at the Italian Embassy on Friday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. Severgnini, the bestselling author of Ciao, America: An Italian Discovers the U.S., will take attendees on a lively tour of modern Italy …

Italian Coffee and Pesto Crises

It has been a stormy summer for Italy’s pesto and coffee industries. Storms, hailstorms to be exact, have literally been responsible for a pesto shortage. According to the AP, “Hailstones the size of tennis balls smashed glass panes on scores of greenhouses and pummeled fragile basil plants this month, wiping out entire crops near the town of Pra, west of …

Shout Out to Our Friends at Nat Geo Traveler

If you’re looking for another good travel blog to add to your list — in addition to this one of course — check out National Geographic Traveler’s Inside Traveler Blog. Emily King and Jessie Johnson are the editors and come up with some pretty unique information and seem to be the queens of links – they find the coolest links …