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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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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Sardinia: Spend the Night on a Wild Prison Island

This article appears in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. Asinara, a small island off the northern coast of Sardinia, is a former penal colony frozen in time. No inhabitants or construction – other than those related to the prison – have graced Asinara for more than 100 years, and as the island is now a national park, …

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Italy’s Spooky Folklore Figures

This article appeared in the October 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. On October 31st, lots of Americans festoon front yards with witches, ghosts, beasts and other frightening figures in celebration of Halloween. Most people who do this have long forgotten the roots of and connections to these scary creations back in the countries we came from. Not so …

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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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Italy’s Best Cooking Schools: Sardinia and Sicily

Italy's two largest islands are home to unique cuisine and what better way to experience the traditional dishes of Sardinia and Sicily than through a cooking class. Here are our favorites.

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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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Where to Eat and Where to Stay on Sardinia

When you're touring Sardinia's amazing archaeological sites, we tell you where to stay and eat to get the most of Sardinia's stunning scenery and unique culture.

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Sardinia: The Outdoor Archaeology Museum

There are some 8,000 nuraghi and other ancient sites littered across the plains, plateaus and wild mountains of Sardinia, Italy's secret outdoor archaeology museum (as well as its favorite set for filming spaghetti westerns). 

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Great Local Tour Guides in Sicily and Sardinia

The Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia are filled with centuries of treasures. The best way to see them? With a great local tour guide...we have a bunch to recommend.

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