Star-Crossed Love: Florence’s Own Romeo and Juliet (February/March 2022)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Before Romeo and Juliet, there was Francesco and Bianca. She, a runaway Venetian of noble blood; he, the Medici heir apparent to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.  As with Shakespeare’s fictitious characters, the real-life Bianca and Francesco faced intense opposition to their union. Angry family members, spiteful …

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Finding a Passion for Italian Cheese (February/March 2022)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Kristine Jannuzzi has what many people would consider a dream job: writing about cheese, hosting cheese tastings and visits to Italian cheesemakers, and judging at the prestigious World Cheese Awards.  Given her Italian-American heritage, she has always had a fondness for cheese, but her career as a …

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Sister Act: From Australia to Italy (December 2021/January 2022)

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. The stories of how people end up living in Italy—and what they pursue—are fascinating. Twin sisters Lisa and Toni Brancatisano grew up with a Calabrian father and British mother in Melbourne, Australia. Since moving to Italy within a few years of each other in their 20s, …

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What’s New in Italy (October/November 2021)

In the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy, we explore what’s new in Italy. Here are ten new adventures to put on your list in 2022, including Sophia Loren’s new restaurant in Florence—which we’ve made free to non-members.  After more than a year of being closed to travelers, you might expect Italy to be frozen in time upon its …

The Small But Essential Pleasures of Italy (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy.  For me, dreaming of Italy—which is all I have done since my last visit there in October 2019—might not be what you would expect. Yes, there is the sublime cuisine and superb wine, but I write Italian cookbooks and can make dishes at home that remind me of la …

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The Eco Game of Goose in Tuscany (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. In the village of Poppiano, outside of Florence, artist Marina Calamai has adapted the 15th-century royal board game “The Game of Goose” into her Love Labyrinth installation, allowing guests to take part in a life-sized, immersive educational activity. …

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Design Meets Divine in New Florence Hotel (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. Florence’s Santa Maria Novella neighborhood is no stranger to shake-ups. The neighborhood’s newest talking point is the 25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino, wedged between the elegant boutiques of Via de’ Fossi and the melting-pot mood of Via Palazzuolo. …

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New Place to Stay in Florence: Dimora Palanca (August/September 2021)

This is one of the featured properties in the article Nine New Places to Stay in Italy that appeared in the August/September 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. In a restored 18th-century villa in Florence, Dimora Palanca brings together the best of classic architecture and contemporary design in its art-inspired, five-star accommodations. As a home base for artists and adventurers …

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New Place to Stay in Florence: Il Tornabuoni (August/September 2021)

This is one of the featured properties in the article Nine New Places to Stay in Italy that appeared in the August/September 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. For those seeking a room with a view in Florence, Il Tornabuoni offers suites overlooking some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River. …

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10 Tips to Enjoy Italy’s Art to the Fullest (June/July 2021)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Italy reminds us that we are all on the same journey of life, uninterrupted for centuries, in search of meaning, beauty and delight. I often think of a medal made for Michelangelo’s 85th birthday, his last-known portrait. The artist chose to be represented as a blind pilgrim, in ragged …

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