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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Christmas in Italy: ‘Ndocciata Torch Parade

Updated 2019. Italy has many special Christmas celebrations, but there’s one in the region of Molise that may be among the most unique. The ‘Ndocciata, or torchlight parade, takes place on December 8 and 24 in the town of Agnone. It is the largest celebration of its kind in the world. The ndocce are 6- to 8-foot-high torches made of silver …

Great Local Tour Guides in Calabria, Molise, Basilicata and Puglia

If you're visiting any of these wonderful southern Italy regions, we have the local guides you should hire to accompany you. They offer everything from Vespa and biking tours to tours to trace your family's geneaology.

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