Craft Beer in Italy: Lombardy’s Hoppy Heartland (April/May 2022)

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Read about additional Italian craft beers. Due to space considerations, breweries are most often located in industrial areas on the outskirts of cities, and Alder Beer Co.’s American-inspired taproom is no exception. Twelve miles north of Milan’s Piazza del Duomo, it occupies a former Pirelli tennis ball factory …

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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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Recipe: Casoncelli alla Bergamesca (June/July 2019)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Once upon a time, a Chinese-Canadian girl met a tall, dark, and handsome Italian boy at a bar in a classic meet-cute worthy of a 90s sitcom. Fast-forward thousands of airplane miles, bottles of wine, minutes on Skype and that girl now calls Bergamo her adopted home. …

What’s New in Italy in 2019 – Celebrating Da Vinci in Milan (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. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest minds of all time, the city of Milan is hosting year-long celebrations of the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci. The 15th-century Castello Sforzesco is the heart of the …

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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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The Details for Exploring Mantua

This article originally appeared in the Dec 2015/Jan 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Read the main article – Mantua: Back to the Future Seeing the Sights The Mantova Museum Card is a steal at 20€. It provides entrance to 11 museums, and can be used for bike sharing and bus rides. The card is good for several days. …

Mantua: Back to the Future

This article originally appeared in the Dec 2015/Jan 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Mantua is on a roll. Not only was it named the Cultural Capital of Italy for 2016—a new prize established by the national Ministry of Culture that brings with it 1€ million for the city—but next year also marks the 150th anniversary of Mantua joining the …

Italy’s Best Cooking Schools: Lombardy, Milan and Le Marche

Whether you're in the big city of Milan or in rural Le Marche, learn to cook regional dishes in this selection of best cooking classes in Italy.

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Gastronomic Adventure on Italy’s Fun Food Trains

For foodies, Italy's gastronomic train tours offer a unique mode of transport and fantastic scenery combined with either a full meal or a taste of seasonal regional specialties. We explore five special trains from the Lakes to the Amalfi Coast

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