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 #3: Steve Born on Finding Serendipity in Italy

Should you take an escorted tour to Italy, plan a trip on your own or something in between? The age-old question when traveling to Italy. Luckily, travel industry insider Steve Born of Globus and Monograms has some answers.  Host Kathy McCabe and Steve talk about how you simply must make time for serendipity in Italy and how to do that. …

Podcast Episode #2: Rosanne Cofoid on Family Travel to Italy

Italians simply love children and that’s one reason that Italy is an amazing destination for family travel and multi-generational trips. Our friend Rosanne Cofoid of La Dolce Via Travel is an expert at planning family trips to Italy. Host Kathy McCabe and Rosanne really get into some very specific travel tips which you will want to take note of, even …

Q+A on Biking in Italy with Maria Elena Price of ExperiencePlus!

From Venice to Florence with expert guides and great accommodations, this easy-level bicycle tour will take you to magnificent spots including family farms, traditional restaurants and to see local views you can only get traveling by bicycle. This tour has most all of the elements of a great trip to Italy: history, cuisine, gorgeous landscapes…and great cycling. Maria Elena Price …

Emirates and Trenitalia Partner for Plane/Train Travel in Italy

A new code share agreement between Emirates and Trenitalia will soon enable passengers to travel seamlessly between airport and train station without having to book separate tickets for each journey. When making travel arrangements through Emirates, customers can book both their flights and train journeys on the same ticket so that, upon arriving at the airport, they can continue on to …

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 …

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.

Renting a Car in Italy: Don’t Forget Your International Driving Permit

Updated 2018. If you’re renting a car in Italy, be sure to bring an International Driving Permit (IDP) with you. In 2005, a law went into effect requiring all non-European Union foreigners renting a car in Italy to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). While yours truly has rented a car in Italy at least once or twice a year since …

What You Need to Know About Italy’s New High-Speed Train

Updated 2018. Italo, Italy’s new high-speed train, made its inaugural run Friday. This new service is going to revolutionize travel in Italy. Imagine traveling from Rome to Naples in just an hour; possible because the train travels up to 216 miles per hour! For the next few months, service will be limited to Milan-Florence-Bologna-Rome-Naples. You can book tickets now for …

Whether or Not to Rent a Car in Italy

Everyone seems to have an opinion about driving in Italy. Some people love the chaos. Others who have rented a car to drive through the country swear they will never do it again. If you’re traveling through the countryside, renting a car is often the best option for some people. There are four factors to consider when deciding whether to …