How to Beat Overtourism in Florence: See Inside the Artisan Studios (September 2019)

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. You can find the main article here.  Erin Ciulla at Il Torchio Florence is famed for traditional bookbinding and paper products, and a beautiful notebook is an authentic take-home purchase. Behind the gleaming glass shopfront with Il Torchio engraved on the glass is a book- and paper lover’s paradise. …

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How to Beat Overtourism in Florence (September 2019)

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Travelers have been flocking to Florence for centuries, starting with European aristocracy in the 17th century. Lured by the grandiose buildings, extensive history and natural beauty of Italy, it is little wonder these early tourists loved traveling the country from top to toe. Today Italy remains one of the …

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Masterpieces of Etruscan Art (May 2019)

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Sarcophagus of the Spouses National Etruscan Museum, Villa Giulia, Rome This amazing sarcophagus, the so-called the “Sarcophagus of the Spouses” (sarcofago degli sposi) was discovered during the course of archaeological excavations in 1881 at the Banditaccia necropolis, outside of Cerveteri. The Etruscan Museum at the Villa Giulia in …

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Where to See Etruscan Art: Collections Not to Miss (May 2019)

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. On a recent visit to the National Etruscan Museum in Rome at the height of the tourist season, my kids and I arrived at opening time and had the entire museum to ourselves for nearly an hour. What a treat! Across central Italy lie hundreds of little-visited museums …

Following in Dante’s Footsteps

This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Although millions of people have followed routes related to Italy’s artistic and cultural heritage , since before the beginning of the Grand Tour, the country still preserves little-known routes and itineraries. A favorite of mine follows one of the best known and greatest Italian writers of all time: …

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Sweet 16 Places to Eat

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Santo Palato (Rome) Our new favorite Roman restaurant in the San Giovanni neighborhood has a bright young chef, Sarah Cicolini, whose rigatoni alla pajata, rigatoni with calves’ intestines in a tomato sauce, is sensational. Depending on what is available fresh on any …

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Sweet 16 Places to Stay

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Abruzzo) There are few places more beautiful in Italy than Abruzzo’s Gran Sasso National Park. Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio is located almost entirely within the park and was one of the first of these …

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Dream of Italy’s 16th Anniversary Favorites

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! It is hard to believe that 16 years have flown by since I founded Dream of Italy. Our little publication has covered the boot from top to bottom with more than a thousand pages on every corner of our favorite …

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What’s New in Italy in 2019

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! There’s a saying that comes to mind when we think of Italy: “Everything old is new again.” Italy may be known for ancient ruins but its also a country of innovation and rediscovery. So indeed, there’s always something new in …

What’s New in Italy in 2019 – New Ticketing System at Uffizi (November 2018)

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2019 article here. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, home of Michelangelo’s David, is infamous for its long lines that stretch from two to four hours in peak season. That’s about to change, as the museum has completely revamped its ticketing system, virtually eliminating queues for its …

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