Editor’s Note: February/March 2022 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to nearly 190 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  As you’ve just read on the facing page, one of our new features, Dream Day in Italy, is just a snippet of something exciting and authentic to experience in Italy. My friend Valerie …

Editor’s Note: December 2021/January 2022 Dream of Italy Issue

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  I love introducing our readers to foreigners who have created fascinating lives in Italy! Twin sisters Lisa and Toni Brancatisano are two such people.  Lisa, a trained fashion designer, embodies creativity, …

Save Venice: 50 Years of Art Conservation

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  Though a beloved city of art, Venice has always been in a precarious position when it comes to preserving its treasures. The city simultaneously suffers from the fate of being built as …

Share Your Dream: Wine Cellar Dreams (June/July 2020)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. When I dream of Italy, I dream of being in the award-winning wine cellar that holds the massive wine collection served at Ristorante da Gigetto, a family-owned restaurant located in Miane. We are truly in wine country, with the Treviso Prealps to the north, the Montello hills to …

Letter From The Veneto: Holding On To Dreams

Editor’s Note: Monica Cesarato’s enthusiasm for Venice and the Veneto is completely infectious. If you haven’t met her in person on one of her tours of Venice or cooking classes, you can now meet her on her daily on Instagram where she does live videos with friends all over the world every evening Italian time. I will be her guest …

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 …

What’s New in Italy in 2020: UNESCO-Preserved Prosecco

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2020 article here. 2020 is the perfect time to visit Italy’s Prosecco country and toast to the region’s new UNESCO World Heritage Site status with a bellini or a spritz. Officially added to the World Heritage list in July 2019, the area comprises nine provinces in …

Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo to Host 2026 Winter Olympics

A joint 2026 Winter Olympics bid by the cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) vote to host Italy’s third edition of the games, beating the other finalist, Sweden, by a margin of 47 to 34 votes. Italy previously hosted the Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956 and in Torino in 2006. However, this …

Four Hot List Hotels in Italy

Conde Nast Traveller (British edition, thus the spelling) is out with their 2006 “Hot List” of where to stay worldwide. Four Italian hotels made the cut: Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista (Verona) – The hotel is likened to “a museum of modern furniture.” Hotel Caruso Ravello (Amalfi Coast) – It reopened last June after a major refurbishment by its new …