2022 Travel Inspiration From Our Pages

While times may still be chaotic, to say the least, there’s one thing I know for sure: Italy can provide some relief—dreaming, planning, traveling (yes, I hear from Italy travel planners that summer 2022 is booking up faster than ever—pent-up demand). I’m sharing a handful of full articles below from the pages of Dream of Italy to give you some inspiration …

Podcast Episode #9: Your Crowdsourced Italian Travel Dreams

  Transcript with Show Notes Embedded: Geri Romeo: I’m Geri Romeo of Miami, Florida. When I dream of Italy, I dream of peeking down an alley on the island of Murano in Venice. “Ciao bella,” calls out a man to me, a beautiful man dressed in an exquisite blue suit. Yes, I know a good suit when I see one. The …

Pantelleria: Unspoiled Paradise

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Join Dream of Italy as a member to access this issue and 180+ back issues.  I first read about the island of Pantelleria in 1989. The writer referred to it as “a speck between Sicily and Africa,” and added, “Pantelleria feels as if it was formed only a week …

Excerpt From Always Italy by Frances Mayes with Ondine Cohane

Editor’s Note: In a world that has gone mad, let’s close our eyes and dream of Italy. No one writes about Italy the way Frances Mayes does. In the midst of the chaos, she has a stunning new book out from National Geographic – Always Italy – along with her fab travel writer extraordinaire co-author Ondine Cohane. We’re offering a …

Meet the Guest Editor of Our Palermo Special Report

See the full Special Report: Palermo in the March 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Sarah Murdoch, who wrote and edited our March 2019 Special Report on Palermo, is a tour guide, travel writer, artist, former architect and packing expert. She has worked for Rick Steves for 19 years as a tour guide and guidebook researcher, recently coauthoring Rick Steves’ …

Great Day Trips from Palermo

Our March 2019 issue is a special report on the city of Palermo by Sicily expert Sarah Murdoch. While the city is worth a few days of exploration, its also great to use as a home base for a longer trip exploring the west of Sicily. Day trips can take you as far as Agrigento, and there are also great sites …

A Moment with the Contessa

This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join Dream of Italy as a member to access this issue and 180+ back issues.  Palermo was ruled for centuries by a noble class. A stroll around the city reveals palace after palace, as wealthy landowners built elaborate city homes here for generations. The unification of Italy in …

Adventures With Sarah: Rick Steves Italy Expert

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. 2019 update — Sarah just served as guest editor of our Special Report: Palermo. Sarah knows Sicily! If you have ever visited Italy, it is likely you’ve used Rick Steves as a resource, reading one of his books, watching one of his TV shows, listening to one of …

Helping the Strays of Sicily

This article originally appeared in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Every available space in Gabriella Becchina’s house and yard is filled with pet supplies – crates, food, toys, and medicine – for the 30 animals she fosters at her animal rescue, Animalsicilia, and for her two pets. When she moved to Castelvetrano on the island of Sicily in 2003, …