Lupaia: Tuscan Hideaway Defined (August/September 2022)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. While I’ve been enchanted by stunning vistas throughout Tuscany, I was simply blown away by the views at Lupaia, which sits on top of a hill with a direct view of Montepulciano, a 10-minute drive away. Though close to civilization, the oasis-like …

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Borgo San Vincenzo: Reimagined 18th Century Borgo (August/September 2022)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. When Shannon and Scott Kircher, a dynamic young couple, who found great success with their Anguilla hotel Frangipani Beach Resort were looking for a new challenge, they set their sights on Tuscany. In record time, especially by Italian standards, they have transformed …

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Borgo 69: Elegant Villa Suites (August/September 2022)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. Bringing my senior wire fox terrier to Italy with me for the first time, I wanted to comfortable place for him to adjust the first few days. I shouldn’t have worried as Borgo 69 checked every box, not only for him but …

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Three Tuscan Boutique Getaways (August/September 2022)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Tuscany…there’s a reason so many of us keep returning to this special swath of land again and again.  While I love exploring every corner of Italy from north to south, Toscana exerts an inexplicable hold on me, I have to admit. Tuscany isn’t just one landscape or …

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Craft Beer in Italy: Barrel-Aged Bliss in Tuscany
 (April/May 2022)

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Read about additional Italian craft beers. Less than three miles outside the impeccably gorgeous, UNESCO-listed village of Pienza, surrounded by the storybook scenery of Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia, brewer Samuele Cesaroni convinced his parents to let him build an outbuilding off the family agriturismo and start a brewery, Brasseria …

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Dream Day in Italy: La Foce in Tuscany (April/May 2022)

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Every corner in Italy seems more beautiful than the next but when it comes to gardens, my heart is always pulled back to La Foce in Tuscany’s breathtaking Val d’Orcia. La Foce is a classic Tuscan estate: cypress trees, goldenrod buildings and—the pièce de résistance—an artfully designed …

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Sister Act: From Australia to Italy (December 2021/January 2022)

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. The stories of how people end up living in Italy—and what they pursue—are fascinating. Twin sisters Lisa and Toni Brancatisano grew up with a Calabrian father and British mother in Melbourne, Australia. Since moving to Italy within a few years of each other in their 20s, …

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What’s New in Italy (October/November 2021)

In the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy, we explore what’s new in Italy. Here are ten new adventures to put on your list in 2022, including Sophia Loren’s new restaurant in Florence—which we’ve made free to non-members.  After more than a year of being closed to travelers, you might expect Italy to be frozen in time upon its …

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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The Eco Game of Goose in Tuscany (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. In the village of Poppiano, outside of Florence, artist Marina Calamai has adapted the 15th-century royal board game “The Game of Goose” into her Love Labyrinth installation, allowing guests to take part in a life-sized, immersive educational activity. …

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