Want to Move to Italy? A House For Sale in Umbria

I know many, many, many of you dream of living in Italy, whether for a few months a year or permanently. While many of you want to live, “under the Tuscan sun,” that dream is an incredibly expensive one these days. In fact, when I interviewed Stew Vreeland of Seeyouinitaly.com for DOI’s article “Where to Buy Your Own Tuscan Hideaway,” …

Taking the Family to Rome

Travel writer Ann Cochran chronicles her trip to Rome with her adult children on the Executive Traveler Web site. I know many of you are planning the same kind of trip this summer and Ann chronicles how she found affordable lodging for all as well as set up the ground rules for how much the group would do together. Ann …

Think Luxury, Save Alitalia

People far more knowledgable than I have postulated how to save Italy’s struggling national airline. Writing in the International Herald Tribune, Tyler Brule might just be on to something, in theory at least, saying, ” Alitalia may well be one of Europe’s least-loved airlines, but it’s also the one carrier with the most potential to reinvent itself as a serious …

Take an Enthralling Video Tour of Tuscany’s Art Treasures

Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of artistic treasures in Tuscany? Want to prepare for your trip by learning more about the artists (Michelangelo, Giotto, etc.) who created these treasures and the Tuscan towns, big and small, where these pieces exist? I’ve never seen a more comprehensive and user-friendly video presentation about the art of Tuscany than Treasures of Sacred Art: …

The Heavenly Risotto of Lake Como’s Villa d’Este

What exactly is it that makes Lake Como’s Villa d’Este feel like heaven? The perfect location on a shimmering, serene lake? The sumptuous decor? The acres and acres of botanical gardens? All of the above for sure and then there’s the food. In the March 2007 issue of Dream of Italy, we pull back Villa d’Este’s culinary curtains and discover …

Visit (and Shop) Florence and Rome with the Girls!

(This is a paid advertisement.) Ladies, let’s go shopping and touring in Italy. Join the 4th Annual Women’s Expedition experiencing the tastes, sights, and shopping in Florence and Rome. The trip runs from August 26 to September 3, 2007 and includes: Sightseeing with experienced local guides Transportation by luxury mini vans Accommodations at charming 4- and 5- star hotels Continental …

Rare Chance to “Eye” Italian Treasures

For the past 15 years, Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano (FAI) has dedicated the first weekend of spring (this year, March 24 and 25) to Giornata di Primavera, a two-day national festival celebrating Italy as an open air museum of its own—this year involving every region of Italy for the first time. Over 500 monuments in over 200 cities, often closed …

Don’t Leave Home Without Trip Insurance!

One essential part of travel planning is being prepared for the unforseen. That’s why purchasing trip insurance makes sense. It’s an affordable way to protect your travel investment AND give you peace of mind. Dream of Italy has teamed with tripinsurance.com to bring you well-priced, comprehensive travel protection. Basic protection (sample cost: insures $3,500 trip for a 50-year-old traveler for …

Italian Horsemen to Retrace Marco Polo Journey

A team of horsemen from Perugia is gearing up to retrace the route of Venetian explorer Marco Polo along the ancient Silk Road, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. The expedition, set for this fall, will cover 16 countries in 15 months. “The horses will be the hardy ‘maremmana’ breed, from the marshlands of Lazio and southern Tuscany – …