Mickey on the Med

Is Europe ready for this? I’m not sure. But at least they will have more than a year’s warning. That’s right folks, Mickey Mouse is hitting the Mediterranean. Disney Cruises announced today that it will offer 10- and 11-night Mediterranean cruises on Disney Magic during the summer of 2007. Italian ports of call include: La Spezia (Florence), Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples …

Book Early for Summer Travel to Italy

USA TODAY is among the media outlets reporting that summer travel to Europe looks to be up over past years, with travel to Italy especially popular. (Why? Dollar more stable, Olympics coverage provided PR.) Travel reporter Laura Bly featured yours truly in her article Friday. Laura’s query got me thinking about what travelers can do now to get ahead of …

Brangelina to Wed in Italy This Weekend?

There’s a distinct buzz in the air at Lake Como today. Rumors are rampant that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will tie the knot there this weekend, either at pal George Clooney’s lakeside home in Laglio or at the luxurious Villa d’ Este Hotel. The Associated Press spoke to the wife of Laglio’s mayor who said, “There’s a lot of …

Win a Trip to Italy!

My friend and fellow travel writer Barbara Benham has come up with a fantastic concept for a blog — travel contests. In addition to giving the details of various contests, Barbara shares some of her vast travel knowledge in each blog entry. Italophiles listen up! Barbara has found two contests offering a trip to Italy as the prize. One will …

Italy May Be Crowded This Summer

The New York Times reports that summer bookings for travel to Europe are way up over last year. If you’re planning to visit Italy this summer, plan ahead to get the best flights and accommodations. Here’s what the Times says: Among Europe’s capitals, Rome, above, is expected to be particularly popular. The city was ranked No. 1 among European cities …

Back in Action!

Torino was so intense, we had to take a rest after the trip, but we’re back and will be blogging about “all things Italian travel.” So check back a few times a week and we’ll have new tanatalizing travel tidbits for you!

Ready to Visit Piedmont? Save $200 on a Specialty Tour

Our personal and professional friend, Anna Maria Sorrentino, who was born in Torino and was here with us last week runs a fantastic specialty tour company called Shop, Wine and Dine. In honor of the Olympics, she’s offering $200 off any of her fall trips to the region of Piemonte. The $200 per person discount will be honored if the …

Ceretto’s New Restaurant in Alba

Updated 2018. I mentioned our fantastico culinary tour of Piedmont and have been meaning to return to write further installments of all that we saw and ATE. I was so impressed with the new restaurant the Ceretto wine family has opened in Alba that I rushed it into the February issue of Dream of Italy. Here’s an excerpt: Owned by …

Winter Games Trivia

Italy has hosted the Olympic Winter Games once before – exactly half a century ago in Cortina d’Ampezzo. These were the first Winter Games to be televised, and were the first in which the Soviet Union competed. Forty meteorologists and nivologists (snow experts) from the Piemonte meteorological office are continuously mapping temperature trends and snow movements so athletes can choose …

Is the Holy Grail in Torino?

Legend has it that the Holy Grail is buried underneath Torino’s Chiesa della Gran Madre di Dio. Updated 2018