How to Buy A House Under the Tuscan Sun (August 2019)

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Is it Possible to Have Your Own Home “Under the Tuscan Sun?” The opening line of Under the Tuscan Sun sets the stage for Frances Mayes to explore the dream and document the reality of owning a home in Italy. “I am about to buy a house in …

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Authentic Places to Stay in Cortona (August 2019)

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. When it comes to finding a place to rest your head in Cortona, you have the complete range of options – from luxury hotels to more affordable accommodations plus B&Bs and agriturismi– both inside the town walls and in the nearby countryside. Here are some recommendations: Monastero …

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Where to Eat in Cortona (August 2019)

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. “We are so lucky,” Frances Mayes says on the Dream of Italy Podcast.“In the walls of the town, there’s a restaurant every time you look, and you can’t go wrong. They’re all wonderful.” How many places can you say the restaurants are all good? Most chefs in …

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What to Do in Cortona (August 2019)

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. If you’re visiting Cortona, here are key events and sights to factor into your plans. Special Events Archidado– Each spring, in late May and early June, Cortona holds a week-long medieval festival. The Archidado Joust commemorates the 1397 wedding of the Lord of Cortona to a noble …

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Where to See Etruscan Art: Collections Not to Miss (May 2019)

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. On a recent visit to the National Etruscan Museum in Rome at the height of the tourist season, my kids and I arrived at opening time and had the entire museum to ourselves for nearly an hour. What a treat! Across central Italy lie hundreds of little-visited museums …

Art and Afterlife in Etruria: Visiting Etruscan Tombs (May 2019)

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. By the 6th century BCE, some of the richest burials in the Mediterranean world were located in central Italy. Much of our knowledge of the Etruscans comes from the incredible troves of material goods yielded from this well-established funerary culture. It’s through tomb excavations that we have the …

Following in Dante’s Footsteps

This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Although millions of people have followed routes related to Italy’s artistic and cultural heritage , since before the beginning of the Grand Tour, the country still preserves little-known routes and itineraries. A favorite of mine follows one of the best known and greatest Italian writers of all time: …

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Who To Meet Along the Chianti Wine Road

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Steeped in true Tuscan culture and history, the Chianti wine road is nestled within the rustic and beautiful countryside between Florence and Siena and the only place where Chianti and Chianti Classico wines are produced. Along with some of the most incredible wines, you’ll discover local farmers and …

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Surprising Bagno a Ripoli

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. “Slowed to a speed for observing, Jacoby’s first hard look at Italy excited him so profoundly his teeth began to chatter. It seemed surreal — so casually spectacular.” – Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure by Andrew Cotto (that’s me!!) This is the reaction the protagonist in my latest …

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What’s Old is New Again in Chianti

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Editor’s note: The first time I ever visited Chianti was with Judy Witts Francini in 2004 and I felt so lucky to first experience this magical patch of land with a true insider. Judy is a native Californian who has been living in Italy since 1984. In her …

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