New Hotels in Italy: Flashy to Farmhouse Chic (May 2018)

This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. In the May 2018 issue of Dream of Italy, we featured new hotels from around Italy, ranging from luxurious urban escapes to quaint countryside B&Bs. Here’s the full list: Flashy on Lake Como: Vista Palazzo Lago di Como (Lake Como) Rome + Wine = Perfect Together: Hotel de …

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Unique Experiences for Kids in Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily

This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Puglia: Trulli of Alberobello Your kids – and you – have never seen anything like the UNESCO World Heritage Site Alberobello – a whole town filled with stone huts sporting conical roofs — trulli. The town looks something like out of a fantasy movie. Want to give your kids an …

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Great Places in Italy to Stay With Kids

This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Italy is one of the easiest places in the world to travel with kids. Families feel welcome as Italians love children. There are many accommodation options that are wonderful with kids; a favorite is agriturismos, or working farms, with self-catering apartments and villas in a resort setting, usually with swimming …

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Dine With the Mammas of Puglia

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. In the tiny village (population 300) of Tricase Porto in Puglia, four friends interested in tourism conceived of a new kind of restaurant, one that has no walls. For Le Mamme del Borgo (Neighborhood Mammas), women prepare their favorite homestyle, traditional recipes and serve them right …

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New, Affordable San Domenico Hotel in Puglia

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. One of the first hotels in Puglia to gain worldwide attention more than a decade ago was the hip and elegant Masseria San Domenico. The Melpignano family – owners of San Domenico Hotels – has since gone on to develop equally stunning Borgo Egnazia and Masseria …

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Five Lessons from Puglia’s Pasta Mamas

This article appeared in the June/July 2015 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Can you think of a better way to spend a month in Italy than traveling around the Salento area of Puglia learning traditional pasta making techniques from the locals? That’s what Katie Leaird – pastry cook, caterer, personal chef, food blogger and now a cook at America’s Test …

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Italy’s Best Cooking Schools: Puglia

Go truffle hunting in Molise and then cook with the tasty tubers. In Puglia, learn how to make Gallipoli-style fish soup as well as wild chicory with bacon and Pecorino. Your mouth will be watering after reading about these cooking classes.

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Italy’s Best Cooking Schools: Programs With Multiple Locations

These companies offer cooking classes and tours in multiple locations throughout Italy - kind of one-stop shops for cooking schools in Italy. A great resource for planning a culinary-focused trip.

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New Hotels in Capri, Puglia, Rome and Sicily

A refurbished gem in flashy Anacapri...A new 5-star in Bari's revitalized port...New properties in Rome...A guesthouse on the slopes of Sicily's Mount Etna

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Spotlight: Lecce’s New Concept Hotel

Lecce is full of surprises. I've thought this since the first time I visited this mini-Florence so far down on Italy's heel, in Puglia. Who expected one of the coolest -- and most affordable -- hotels I have enjoyed in Italy to be here too.

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