What’s New in Italy in 2024: Tourist Trains (December 2023/January 2024)

This article originally appeared in the December 2023/January 2024 issue of Dream of Italy. Read about what else is new in 2024 here! The luxury train travel of yesteryear returns full steam ahead in 2024 and the journey is just as special as the destination. The Orient Express’ La Dolce Vita (www.orient-express.com), is an ode to the glamor of 1960s Italy. …

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What’s New in Italy in 2024: Venice Fees for Daytrippers (December 2023/January 2024)

This article originally appeared in the December 2023/January 2024 issue of Dream of Italy. Read about what else is new in 2024 here! At long last the city of Venice will begin charging daytrippers a 5€ entrance fee to the city starting on 29 select days in 2024. The fee will not apply to overnight guests, who will pay a standard …

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Star-Crossed Love: Florence’s Own Romeo and Juliet (February/March 2022)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Before Romeo and Juliet, there was Francesco and Bianca. She, a runaway Venetian of noble blood; he, the Medici heir apparent to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.  As with Shakespeare’s fictitious characters, the real-life Bianca and Francesco faced intense opposition to their union. Angry family members, spiteful …

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Finding a Passion for Italian Cheese (February/March 2022)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Kristine Jannuzzi has what many people would consider a dream job: writing about cheese, hosting cheese tastings and visits to Italian cheesemakers, and judging at the prestigious World Cheese Awards.  Given her Italian-American heritage, she has always had a fondness for cheese, but her career as a …

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What’s New in Italy (October/November 2021)

In the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy, we explore what’s new in Italy. Here are ten new adventures to put on your list in 2022, including Sophia Loren’s new restaurant in Florence—which we’ve made free to non-members.  After more than a year of being closed to travelers, you might expect Italy to be frozen in time upon its …

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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A New Spot to Sip a Spritz in Venice (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article, What’s New in Italy, here. Is there anything more Venetian than an Aperol spritz? Sipping a spritz while snacking on cicchetti is a quintessential Venetian experience, and now fans of the bright-orange drink can order one alongside food at Terrazza Aperol in Venice, …

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New Place to Stay in Venice: Ca’ di Dio (August/September 2021)

This is one of the featured properties in the article Nine New Places to Stay in Italy that appeared in the August/September 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Ca’ di Dio, at the entrance of Venice’s Arsenale neighborhood, is a five-star hotel celebrating this city of contrasts with a timeless aesthetic that’s both historic and modern. Set within a complex …

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10 Tips to Enjoy Italy’s Art to the Fullest (June/July 2021)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Italy reminds us that we are all on the same journey of life, uninterrupted for centuries, in search of meaning, beauty and delight. I often think of a medal made for Michelangelo’s 85th birthday, his last-known portrait. The artist chose to be represented as a blind pilgrim, in ragged …

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The Women of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Portraits (August/September 2020)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Growing up in late 15th-century Florence, Leonardo da Vinci was surrounded by smart, beautiful women. While the young artist was learning from Andrea del Verrocchio, painters were busy depicting upstanding women in profile. In these portraits, the point was not to reveal anything about the woman’s personality, but rather …

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