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 #9: Your Crowdsourced Italian Travel Dreams

  Transcript with Show Notes Embedded: Geri Romeo: I’m Geri Romeo of Miami, Florida. When I dream of Italy, I dream of peeking down an alley on the island of Murano in Venice. “Ciao bella,” calls out a man to me, a beautiful man dressed in an exquisite blue suit. Yes, I know a good suit when I see one. The …

Excerpt From Always Italy by Frances Mayes with Ondine Cohane

Editor’s Note: In a world that has gone mad, let’s close our eyes and dream of Italy. No one writes about Italy the way Frances Mayes does. In the midst of the chaos, she has a stunning new book out from National Geographic – Always Italy – along with her fab travel writer extraordinaire co-author Ondine Cohane. We’re offering a …

What’s New in Italy in 2020: 500th Anniversary of Raphael’s Death

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2020 article here. As one of the three most highly regarded, yet rival Renaissance artists – along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci – Raphael enjoyed success as a painter during his lifetime and even greater fame after his death. Just as with the 500th anniversary …

Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo to Host 2026 Winter Olympics

A joint 2026 Winter Olympics bid by the cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) vote to host Italy’s third edition of the games, beating the other finalist, Sweden, by a margin of 47 to 34 votes. Italy previously hosted the Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956 and in Torino in 2006. However, this …

Ingres Comes to Milan in 2019

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2019 article here. From the end of February, visitors to Milan have an opportunity to visit a yet-to-be-announced selection of works by one of the most famous French Neoclassical painters- Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Fortunately for the Milanese and visitors alike, the Ingres museum in Montauban, …

Moleskine Café Opens in Milan

Updated 2018 If you’ve been looking for the perfect place to jot down your thoughts and have a cup of famous Italian caffè, jet over to Milan. Last week, the city welcomed its newest coffeehouse: the Moleskine Café. Brought to the streets of the city by the founders of those cute, colorful notebooks, the Moleskine Café hopes to provide a …

Enjoy A Five-Star Meal…In Prison!

Updated 2018. If someone told you that they were going InGalera in Milan, you normally would not sigh jealously and ask them what sort of three-course meal they were going to try out this time. The term, Italian slang for being in prison, is the name for a recently en vogue restaurant – located in a Milanese penitentiary. The restaurant has …

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 …