Taking a Chance on Molise (December 2022/January 2023)

This article originally appeared in the December 2022/January 2023 issue of Dream of Italy.  An Italian expression remarks “Molise non esiste” meaning “Molise doesn’t exist.” Easy to miss at first, Molise is home to only about one percent of Italy’s population and is the country’s second-smallest region. Americans Meagan and Scott Holcomb took a chance on this special corner of …

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Dream Day in Italy: Taste Porchetta in Ariccia (December 2022/January 2023)

This article originally appeared in the December 2022/January 2023 issue of Dream of Italy.  Ariccia, 35 minutes by train from Rome in the Castelli Romani, is known for its architectural works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the historic palazzo-turned-art-museum of the noble Chigi family. But the main attraction is their roasted pork called porchetta. For decades, I have hyperbolically claimed …

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Caffè Sospeso (December 2022/January 2023)

This article originally appeared in the December 2022/January 2023 issue of Dream of Italy.  A cup of coffee for napoletani is more than a caffeine boost—it’s an inevitable part of their daily ritual. So much so, that Neapolitans have a custom in which they pay for their coffee and a second, leaving a caffè sospeso or “suspended coffee” for the …

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A Treasure of Versilia: Hotel Plaza e de Russie (December 2022/January 2023)

This article originally appeared in the December 2022/January 2023 issue of Dream of Italy.  As Viareggio’s oldest hotel, opened in 1871 and a favored destination on the Grand Tour by the likes of poet Rainer Maria Rilke and composer Giacomo Puccini, Hotel Plaza e de Russie has maintained its seaside Art Nouveau elegance with a modern palette. I arrived for …

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Editor’s Note: December 2022/January 2023 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the December 2022/January 2023 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  On my most recent trip to Italy, I was craving salt air so I took the opportunity to visit my friend Paola Vojnovic, who recently moved from Florence to Viareggio. …

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Dream Day in Italy: Aquileia in Friuli-Venezia Giulia (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. The region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia ranks 15th out of 20 Italian regions for tourism. This northern region provides a chance to re-establishing a sense of discovery in a country plagued by overtourism. To that end, meet Aquileia.  “Where?” Exactly. Aquileia, 32 miles northwest of Trieste, is home to …

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How to Plan an Extended Stay or Sabbatical in Italy (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. An extended stay in Italy leaves room for magic to happen. With time to wander, Italy undoubtedly will amaze you and reveal parts of itself you never could have imagined. Of course, some planning is inescapable for an extended stay abroad, but we encourage you to leave …

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Sabbatical Spotlight: The Henzes Adventure Around the Italian Boot (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. “If you come to a new country with an unreserved curiosity, things happen that you simply cannot plan and that make the experience even more worthwhile and rewarding,” Gregor Henze shares.  Gregor and Martha Henze of Boulder, CO found themselves enthralled by episodes of Dream of Italy while …

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Resources and Ideas: Adult Study Abroad and More (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. If it seems daunting to pack up your life and move to Italy for an extended stay: Tranquilli! There are many resources to help make your dream a reality. If detailed planning isn’t your thing, turn to one of the companies, including a prestigious university, that are offering …

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Umbria: A Visit to Poggio Belvedere by Vero (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy.  It was the photos of Poggio Belvedere on Instagram (@vero_in_Italy), especially of its dreamy pool and vistas, that made me put it on my itinerary this summer. The apartments too looked so airy and welcoming. It had been a while since I had visited Umbria. After an initial crazy …

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