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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New Place to Stay in Puglia: Paragon 700 (August/September 2021)

This is one of the featured properties in the article Nine New Places to Stay in Italy that appeared in the August/September 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Paragon 700 stands out as the striking red hotel in the “white city” of Ostuni, perched on a hill in the city center overlooking the Adriatic in southern Italy’s Puglia region. The …

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Share Your Dream: Dreaming of an Uncle I Never Met (June/July 2020)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. When I dream of Italy, I dream of visiting the town near Ancona where my uncle’s plane went down during World War II. My uncle, Corporal Robert Oliver, landed in Bari only a month before his last mission, a bombing raid over Linz, Austria. A tail turret gunner, …

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Share Your Dream: Seeing the Poppies in Manfredonia (June/July 2020)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. When I dream of Italy, I dream of the stunning poppy fields as the weather begins to warm. I am living the dream right now as an American expat in the sud (south) in a somewhat small town called Manfredonia along the azure shoreline of the Adriatic. Time seems …

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There’s Always Italy: A Chat with Frances Mayes (March 2020)

This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. One of my favorite things to say is, “no matter what, we always have Italy.” I know my friend Frances Mayes feels the same way, even during these impossibly difficult times as we go to press. Frances is a most calming presence both in person and in her prose. Hopefully …

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Recipe: Nunzia’s Gli ‘Gnummarieddi From Puglia (June/July 2019)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. I was raised in Manduria near Taranto in Puglia in a masseria built by my great-grandparents in 1881. My great-grandfather Tommaso was rich although not aristocratic, but nonetheless he asked to marry the daughter of a count, Rosina. Rosina brought as a wedding gift to Tommaso some …

Sweet 16 Places to Stay

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Abruzzo) There are few places more beautiful in Italy than Abruzzo’s Gran Sasso National Park. Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio is located almost entirely within the park and was one of the first of these …

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Sweet 16 Experiences in Italy

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Truffle Hunting (Piedmont) One of the world’s most sought-after delicacies is the divine and expensive white truffle and most would agree the very best come from a corner of Piedmont. One of our favorite Italian experiences is …

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Dream of Italy’s 16th Anniversary Favorites

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! It is hard to believe that 16 years have flown by since I founded Dream of Italy. Our little publication has covered the boot from top to bottom with more than a thousand pages on every corner of our favorite …

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New in Puglia: Castello di Ugento (May 2018)

This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the full list of new hotels here. You want something unspoiled, an Italy undiscovered by hordes of tourists. You want something storied and historic. You want something tailored to you and your needs, but you also want the latest in comfort and convenience. Puglia has a new …

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