What’s Newly Renovated and Restored in Italy (February 2017)

This article appears in the February 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. With thousands of years of history represented in stunning works of art and architecture, Italy often feels like one big renovation sites.  New initiatives and private funding have made many of these restoration projects possible and it feels like a new Italian Renaissance. Here are the places and …

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Dining With Italian Home Cooks

This article appeared in the October 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Though travelers have long flocked Italy to get a sense of its proud culinary history through courses of antipasto, primo, secondo and dolce in between glasses of wine, there has often been disconnect between kitchen and table. Patrons could order all of the Italian delicacies that they’d …

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Where to Stay the Night Before Your Flight Home

This article appeared in the September 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018.  The night before the plane trip home from Italy is often a downer. Almost all flights from Italy to the U.S. leave early in the morning or around noon, which often means a stay in an undistinguished airport hotel and a mediocre dinner in a touristy restaurant. …

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Italy’s Freshest Travel Apps

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018.  Travelers of all ages have recognized the power of apps to make vacations, business trips and life in general on the road easier, faster and more pleasant. There are plenty of booking apps and general travel apps available. We’ve picked our favorite new Italy-centric apps, all …

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New Michelin Stars for Italy’s Restaurants

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Michelin just released its 2016 restaurant guide to Italy, revealing that 24 Italian restaurants received a one-star rating for the first time. Surprisingly to many foodies and, certainly disappointingly to head chef Davide Scabin, his restaurant Combal.Zero restaurant in a castle in Turin – which has been …

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Six Tips for a Perfect Italian Honeymoon

There are few more romantic destinations than Italy. That’s why it is the ultimate honeymoon destination. Our recent honeymooners have five tips to help you enjoy the romance and see the sights.

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The Italians: A Fresh Perspective

We interview John Hooper, the author of the new book "The Italians," about what makes the Italian people so compelling, especially as they face some of the most trying times in their history.

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Enjoying the Writing Life in Italy: Five Writing Retreats

Are you a writer, amateur or professional? Fiction or non-fiction? Visit Italy and improve your technique and make valuable connections. We detail six writing workshops, retreats and festivals that will help you improve your craft.

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7 Quick Tips for a Better Italy Trip

After writing about Italy full-time for nearly 12 years (and helping numerous people plan their trips), I've learned a thing or two about how to make an already good trip a great one. Here are seven tips!

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Italian Food Rules: Pizza, Baccalà and Nutella

In Italy they love making rules . . . and they obey very few . . . except when it comes to food. The Italian Food Rules may as well be carved in marble. They will not change and you violate them at your peril.

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