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: Titian, Tintoretto and Rubens Exhibit

Read all of our What’s New in Italy in 2020 coverage Italian and Flemish art worlds collide in a special Venice exhibit featuring Titian, Tintoretto and Rubens – some of the most famous painters from Venice and Flanders.  The exhibit, titled “From Titian to Rubens: Masterpieces from Antwerp and Other Flemish Collections” is running from now until March 1, 2020, …

A Magic Atelier in Venice

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Costume and fashion designer Susanna Lazzaro is the owner of Atelier Scatola Magica in Venice, a “magic box” out of which come extraordinary clothing and accessory creations, each piece unique and authentic made in Italy. Lazzaro’s sense of and passion for fashion came at an early age: …

Podcast Episode #3: Steve Born on Finding Serendipity in Italy

Should you take an escorted tour to Italy, plan a trip on your own or something in between? The age-old question when traveling to Italy. Luckily, travel industry insider Steve Born of Globus and Monograms has some answers.  Host Kathy McCabe and Steve talk about how you simply must make time for serendipity in Italy and how to do that. …

Book Excerpt: The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli

We had our book club with author Laura Morelli on August 14, 2019 to discuss her book The Gondola Maker. Click here to watch the video. You can purchase a copy here, but first enjoy an excerpt: I chew my lower lip while I wait to see my father’s gondola catch fire. Beneath the boat, a pile of firewood is stacked so …

What’s New in Italy in 2019 – Venice Art Biennale (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. The 58th International Art Exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia will take place from May 11 to November 24, 2019, at the Central Pavillion (called Giardini) and the Arsenale, as well as other venues around Venice. The title of the 2019 exhibition is …

Q+A on Biking in Italy with Maria Elena Price of ExperiencePlus!

From Venice to Florence with expert guides and great accommodations, this easy-level bicycle tour will take you to magnificent spots including family farms, traditional restaurants and to see local views you can only get traveling by bicycle. This tour has most all of the elements of a great trip to Italy: history, cuisine, gorgeous landscapes…and great cycling. Maria Elena Price …

Unique New Stays in Venice: Casa Burano

This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. Those who have visited the quaint fishing island of Burano in the northern lagoon of Venice will easily remember the facades in every color under the rainbow together with hordes of visitors. Burano is usually only a day-trip destination for visitors, but the …

Adventures With Sarah: Rick Steves Italy Expert

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. 2019 update — Sarah just served as guest editor of our Special Report: Palermo. Sarah knows Sicily! If you have ever visited Italy, it is likely you’ve used Rick Steves as a resource, reading one of his books, watching one of his TV shows, listening to one of …