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 …

Sweet 16 Places to Eat

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Santo Palato (Rome) Our new favorite Roman restaurant in the San Giovanni neighborhood has a bright young chef, Sarah Cicolini, whose rigatoni alla pajata, rigatoni with calves’ intestines in a tomato sauce, is sensational. Depending on what is available fresh on any …

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Sweet 16 Places to Stay

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Abruzzo) There are few places more beautiful in Italy than Abruzzo’s Gran Sasso National Park. Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio is located almost entirely within the park and was one of the first of these …

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Sweet 16 Experiences in Italy

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Truffle Hunting (Piedmont) One of the world’s most sought-after delicacies is the divine and expensive white truffle and most would agree the very best come from a corner of Piedmont. One of our favorite Italian experiences is …

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Dream of Italy’s 16th Anniversary Favorites

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! It is hard to believe that 16 years have flown by since I founded Dream of Italy. Our little publication has covered the boot from top to bottom with more than a thousand pages on every corner of our favorite …

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What’s New in Italy in 2019

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! There’s a saying that comes to mind when we think of Italy: “Everything old is new again.” Italy may be known for ancient ruins but its also a country of innovation and rediscovery. So indeed, there’s always something new in …

What’s New in Italy in 2019 – Reviving Solomeo (November 2018)

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2019 article here. Like many small, rural towns in Italy, Solomeo’s population has dwindled to just 436 because of urbanization. Soon, though, visitors may outnumber residents thanks to Brunello Cucinelli, who has invested in this Umbrian town so thoroughly that the town is experiencing a rebirth. …

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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 Tuscany and Umbria

This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018.  Tuscany: Brunello Wine Tasting Casato Prime Donne Winery, Montalcino (39) 0577 849421 www.cinellicolombini.it Price: Starts at 18€ per person Tasting one of the world’s most famous and refined wines with kids in tow?  This might not seem like a good idea, but at one of the most prestigious wineries in the Brunello …

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Unique Experiences for Kids in Italy: English Language Summer Camp

This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Arte al Sole Summer Camps (805) 680-7913 (U.S.) www.artealsole.com Price: Weeklong camps cost 525€; art supplies, a snack and museum entries are included. (Parents should pack a lunch for their children each day.) You’re taking your kids to Italy in part for the paintings and sculpture; why not let them try …

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