June 2005- Special Report: Florence

Our special report on Florence suggests four new Florence hotels; explains the Academia della Crusca through the image of the pala and a fabulous Florentine meal; tells you where to find the real Room With A View; takes you to Villa La Petra in the Florentine hills; plus The Dream Interview with cookbook author Faith Willinger and where to find Florence’s best gelato.

July/August 2005 – Modena, The Palio in Siena, Florence

This issue takes you on a culinary tour of Modena (featuring balsamic vinegar); introduces Emilia-Romagna’s best restaurant; shares a dog’s tale of Siena’s Palio; gives helpful hints on how to get tickets for Palio events; reveals bargain places to stay in Florence; reviews new Italian cookbooks. (8 pages)

February 2004 – Florence Hotels, Abruzzo

This issue takes you to the slopes and the beaches of Abruzzo; find Italy in America in Providence, Rhode Island; reviews Florence’s Westin Excelsior and the Grand Hotel; plus The Dream Interview with a Vatican Insider. (8 pages)

September 2005 – Special Report: Sicily

Our special report on Sicily covers the Aeolian Islands; Palermo; day trips outside Palermo; a Sicilian agriturismo featuring Roman ruins and a cooking school; favorite cities including Agrigento and Siracusa. (12 pages)

October 2005 – Pizza in Naples, Naples Hotels

The issue explores the best pizzerias in Naples; John Berendt’s insight on Venice and information about his book, The City of Falling Angels; a look at the hotels and restaurants of Naples’ Santa Lucia waterfront; plus Roberto Benigni’s new film, The Tiger and The Snow and traveling Italy by Ferrari. (8 pages)

April 2004 – Sardinia, Venice’s Burano, Tuscany Hotels

This issue features a springtime visit to Sardinia; a Venetian day trip to the lace-makers of Burano; a look at Sardinia as Italy’s Cork Capital; two Tuscan villas that promise relaxation; plus Alain Ducasse’s new Italian inn in Tuscany. (8 pages)

May 2004 – Maratea, Matera, Trastevere Restaurants

This issue takes you beyond the crowds of Amalfi to Maratea; suggests traditional and international restaurants in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood; announces the opening of a university-level cooking academy in Parma; and gives helpful advice for touring Matera, the town used in the filming of The Passion of the Christ. (8 pages)