Editor’s Note: October/November 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  Fall feels magical in Italy. The palette of the countryside transforms into hues of yellow, gold and red. Italians bundle up in their cashmere scarves and signature puffy, quilted coats and enjoy …

Podcast Episode #4: How Tuscan Women Cook

As in most any society, then women have the power – at least in the kitchen. Have you ever dreamed of learning to cook in a traditional Italian kitchen? Tuscan Women Cook, in the small Tuscan village of Montefollonico, brings travelers to Tuscany for hands-on learning in the kitchens of the masters – Tuscan grandmothers or nonni. Host Kathy McCabe pays …

In Search of the Modern Grand Tour of Italy

This article originally appeared in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Taking “a grand tour” sounds old-fashioned — and it truly is. Although the kind of leisurely, arts-focused weeks or months in Italy that many of us have only seen depicted in films like the 1985 Merchant-Ivory classic A Room with A View might sound romantic …

Exploring Venice With Kids

Venice is a magical city and even more magical in the eyes of children. One of our favorite contributors, Rebecca Winke, takes her 9-year-old and 12-year-old to La Serenissima and reports back with some amazing finds including cooking classes for kids.

Foodie Fun in Bologna: Food Tours and Cooking Lessons

Recently the world has found a new reason to visit Bologna — food tourism. The city has always been famous for its cooking schools, but now locals are increasingly offering classes, food tours and other culinary experiences.

Cooking in Venice: Making the Sardine Dish Sarde in Saor

In the March 2013 issue, frequent Dream of Italy contributor Susan Van Allen recounted two incredible cooking classes in Venice. She asked both chefs to teach her to make a Venetian seafood delicacy. If you’re not planning on cooking in Venice, she tells us which Venice restaurants serve this classic dish. Updated 2018. When I booked this cooking class, I asked if …

Dine with the Local Italians with Le Cesarine + Pear Cake Recipe

I had been trying to attend a Home Food meal at a private home in Italy since I first learned of the organization in the winter of 2005. Somehow the stars never aligned until this past fall when a dinner in Florence fit perfectly in my schedule. And may I say, it was worth the wait?

What’s Cooking at an Agriturismo: Livin’ La Tavola Marche

Ashley and Jason Bartner had always envisioned a combination farmhouse and cooking school, and La Tavola Marche is all that and more. Its home. They wanted to find a place where they could live like Italians and where, for a little while, their visitors get to live like Italians, too.