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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Italy’s Intangible Heritage: Alpinism on Monte Bianco (October 2019)

This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here.  Sportsmanship traditions haven’t made much of a showing in Italy’s Intangible Cultural Heritage lists, but that may change if alpinism is accepted. As with the transhumance candidacy, alpinism’s UNESCO bid was not submitted by Italy alone; Switzerland and France joined in making the nomination. …

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Italy’s Intangible Heritage — And How You Can Actually Touch It (October 2019)

This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Data on Italy’s concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites often gets tossed around in tourism boards’ marketing materials, and for good reason. The Bel Paese is tied with China — 32 times its surface area — for the highest number of entries on the list, at 55. From …

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Great Local Tour Guides in Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta

Did you know that there are Roman ruins in the Aosta Valley that rival
Rome? We've got a great guide to show around. In neighboring Piedmont, take in the palaces of Turin, explore the vineyards of Langhe and Monferrato and even take a Segway tour of Alba. We've got awesome tour guides to take you on these adventures.

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Skiing in Italy: The 411 on the Italian Ski Experience

You know you fantasize about skiing in Italy! Imagine skiing between jagged pink rock spires under ever-changing Alpine skies. And its not just about sport and scenery but incorporates food and fashion, too. Come on this is Italy. Ski expert Everett Potter explains...

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Where to Ski in Italy: Best Italian Ski Resorts and Mountain Towns

When you're ready to book an Italian ski vacation, we can tell you which ski resorts in Italy are worth visiting. From Cortina to Sestriere, our ski expert profiles six Italian ski resorts and where to stay in each.

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On the Trail of Fontina Valle d’Aosta

Italy's smallest region offers up some amazing cheeses - among them Fontina. Read on for some of the best places to taste it in Italy as well as a winter recipe incorporating Fontina at home.

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Valle d’Aosta: Italy’s Small Wonder

Imagine a part of Italy where French is a second language, where Alpine ways of life persist into the 21st century, where traditional
cuisine and viniculture combine with beautiful scenery and challenging hiking and winter sports.

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