Dream Day in Italy: Aquileia in Friuli-Venezia Giulia (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. The region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia ranks 15th out of 20 Italian regions for tourism. This northern region provides a chance to re-establishing a sense of discovery in a country plagued by overtourism. To that end, meet Aquileia.  “Where?” Exactly. Aquileia, 32 miles northwest of Trieste, is home to …

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Sabbatical Spotlight: The Henzes Adventure Around the Italian Boot (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. “If you come to a new country with an unreserved curiosity, things happen that you simply cannot plan and that make the experience even more worthwhile and rewarding,” Gregor Henze shares.  Gregor and Martha Henze of Boulder, CO found themselves enthralled by episodes of Dream of Italy while …

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Resources and Ideas: Adult Study Abroad and More (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. If it seems daunting to pack up your life and move to Italy for an extended stay: Tranquilli! There are many resources to help make your dream a reality. If detailed planning isn’t your thing, turn to one of the companies, including a prestigious university, that are offering …

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Tips, Tricks and Lessons From My Recent Trip to Italy

So I just returned from a nearly two-month trip to Italy that can only be described as completely epic. I brought my dog along which was pretty amazing in and of itself, saw so many old friends, filmed some episodes of season 3 of my PBS series Dream of Italy and honestly truly found myself again after a number of …

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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Arrivederci Alitalia, Benvenuto ITA (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. Arrivederci, Alitalia! After 75 years, the historic state-owned airline has been replaced by Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA). Alitalia had a long history of financial issues until its final declaration of bankruptcy in May 2017. The new national airline, …

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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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5 Tips to Help Your Kids Enjoy a Magical Trip to Italy (June/July 2021)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. As I began planning our first family trip to Italy in 2016 (with two nine-year olds and a 13-year-old), it dawned on me that kids might not be as enchanted by Italy as adults. I wanted them to experience the magic and feel the wonder, so I …

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Seven Ways to Photograph Italy Like A Pro (October/November 2020)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Anyone who has been to Italy knows how visually seductive it is. If you’re carrying a camera (and with every mobile phone equipped with a high-quality camera, who isn’t?) Italy becomes even more alluring, compelling you to make photographs of nearly everything you see. But why is it …

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