Podcast Episode #9: Your Crowdsourced Italian Travel Dreams

  Transcript with Show Notes Embedded: Geri Romeo: I’m Geri Romeo of Miami, Florida. When I dream of Italy, I dream of peeking down an alley on the island of Murano in Venice. “Ciao bella,” calls out a man to me, a beautiful man dressed in an exquisite blue suit. Yes, I know a good suit when I see one. The …

Excerpt From Always Italy by Frances Mayes with Ondine Cohane

Editor’s Note: In a world that has gone mad, let’s close our eyes and dream of Italy. No one writes about Italy the way Frances Mayes does. In the midst of the chaos, she has a stunning new book out from National Geographic – Always Italy – along with her fab travel writer extraordinaire co-author Ondine Cohane. We’re offering a …

What’s New in Italy in 2020: Chocolate Cruise

Read all of our What’s New in Italy in 2020 coverage Chocoholics who also have a passion for Europe can experience a week of pure bliss this April, as Europe’s premier chocolate festival, Eurochocolate, and Italian cruise operator Costa Cruises are teaming up this spring to offer a cruise dedicated entirely to chocolate. It leaves from Genoa on April 17, …

Adventures With Sarah: Rick Steves Italy Expert

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. 2019 update — Sarah just served as guest editor of our Special Report: Palermo. Sarah knows Sicily! If you have ever visited Italy, it is likely you’ve used Rick Steves as a resource, reading one of his books, watching one of his TV shows, listening to one of …

5 Things to Eat and Drink on the Portofino Peninsula

Updated 2019. In the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Dream of Italy, travel planner Madeline Jhawar wrote about exploring the Portofino peninsula and the towns of Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo and Camogli. Not only are these towns great places for hiking, people-watching and local artistry, they are great places to eat and drink and here are the five things Madeline says …

Unique Christmas Celebrations in Northern Italy

Click here for all Christmas in Italy travel suggestions An edited version of this article appeared in the November 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. The holiday season is a magical time of year in Italy and a great time to experience Italian traditions new and old. Over the years at Dream of Italy, we’ve written about various ways to …

Getting Around the Cinque Terre: Car, Train, Boat and on Foot

In the Cinque Terre, one can enjoy basking in the sun with a soft breeze off the sea, trekking the endless trails with their panoramic vistas, exploring the picturesque fishing villages, or just soaking in some local atmosphere in colorful villages.

When to Visit the Cinque Terre and Cinque Terre Events

The Cinque Terre are at their best during the shoulder seasons of summer. Late-April and May offer less crowds and cooler walking temperatures but the weather can be unpredictable. The second half of September and all of October are usually beautiful.