From the TV Show: Cima Rosa B&B in Venice

In the Venice episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visited the renovated Cima Rosa B&B, located in a 15th-century palazzo. Venetian Daniele Vallot and his American expat wife Brittany Hymore have restored a 15th-century palazzo as both a family home and a B&B on the Grand Canal. The light-filled dining room of Cima Rosa …

From the TV Show: Beadstringing Lesson in Venice

In the Venice episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy enjoyed a uniquely Venetian experience stringing beads! As an impiraressa (bead stringer), Marisa Convento takes the glass beads made by the perlera (bead maker) and turns them into jewelry, embroidery and ornaments. To learn her craft, take the three-hour Beadstringer for a Day class (72€ …

From the TV Show: How to Make a Spritz in Venice

In the Venice episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy learns how to make a Spritz, Venice’s world-famous cocktail. The Spritz is one of Venice’s most famous drinks, and perfect for a hot summer day. Here’s how you make one: Start with ice in a tall glass. Add two parts Aperol, the sweetest of the …

From the TV Show: Rialto Market in Venice

In the Venice episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy explores the famous Rialto market! The historic Rialto Market, located at the foot of the iconic Rialto Bridge, has been supplying Venice with fresh produce, seafood, and spices since the 11th century and is still as vibrant as ever. Locals come daily to the Erberia …

From The TV Show: Venice Ecology Tour

Venice isn’t sinking without a fight. In the Venice episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, host Kathy McCabe learned what scientists are doing to save Venice from rising sea levels. Scientist Luca Zaggia took us on a tour of Venice to explore its unique ecology and how the city – built on water – is …

From The TV Show: Gondolier Lesson in Venice

In the Venice episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy enjoyed a uniquely Venetian experience! While Kathy learned how to row a gondola from 8th-generation gondolier Franco Grossi, he doesn’t give lessons to the public. To cruise the canals on a ride in a private gondola, you can book a ride through your hotel’s concierge …

Celebrating Peggy Guggenheim in Venice

In 2019, to mark 40 years since the death of its namesake, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice will focus on Guggenheim’s legacy, with several special contemporary art exhibits. Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), an American art collector and socialite, amassed the bulk of her collection between 1938 and 1946. She was born into the illustrious Guggenheim family: Her uncle was Solomon R. …

A Family Adventure at Carnevale in Venice

Updated 2018.  Our capes cast a shadow on the cobblestone streets as the sun set behind on us the Grand Canal in Venice. I felt for a moment as if I’d stepped back in time (like in Starz’ fabulous Outlander historical time travel series). Was it 2017 or two hundred years earlier as I looked at my daughter in a …

Unique Christmas Celebrations in Northern Italy

Click here for all Christmas in Italy travel suggestions An edited version of this article appeared in the November 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. The holiday season is a magical time of year in Italy and a great time to experience Italian traditions new and old. Over the years at Dream of Italy, we’ve written about various ways to …

In Search of the Modern Grand Tour of Italy

This article originally appeared in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Taking “a grand tour” sounds old-fashioned — and it truly is. Although the kind of leisurely, arts-focused weeks or months in Italy that many of us have only seen depicted in films like the 1985 Merchant-Ivory classic A Room with A View might sound romantic …