Author Susan Van Allen on Why Women Love Italy (February 2020)

This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. I first met the vivacious and adorable Susan Van Allen in Abruzzo in 2007. We were both part of a huge symposium sponsored by the Italian National Tourist Board and a consortium of companies that run travel to Italy. Two hundred of us piled into buses to follow …

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Royal Gardens Restored in Venice (December 2019/January 2020)

This article originally appeared in the December 2019/January 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and over 170 others! Travelers and locals now have a green oasis in the heart of Venice, as the Royal Gardens of Venice reopened just before Christmas. The waterfront gardens, now connected to St. Mark’s Square by a drawbridge, underwent an …

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What’s New in Italy in 2020: Venice Tourist Tax Takes Effect

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2020 article here. Venice has faced a rash of issues stemming from tourists’ unruly behavior in recent years, including graffiti, littering and vandalism. As of July 1, 2020, day trippers – those who officials believe are the culprits – visiting Venice or its lagoon islands such …

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What’s New in Italy in 2020

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and over 170 others! A new year brings celebration and renewal, and especially so in Italy, whose calendar in 2020 is chock full of new events to commemorate, participate in and experience. Like the country itself, next year’s agenda will delight …

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Sweet 16 Places to Eat

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Santo Palato (Rome) Our new favorite Roman restaurant in the San Giovanni neighborhood has a bright young chef, Sarah Cicolini, whose rigatoni alla pajata, rigatoni with calves’ intestines in a tomato sauce, is sensational. Depending on what is available fresh on any …

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Sweet 16 Places to Stay

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Abruzzo) There are few places more beautiful in Italy than Abruzzo’s Gran Sasso National Park. Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio is located almost entirely within the park and was one of the first of these …

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Sweet 16 Experiences in Italy

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Truffle Hunting (Piedmont) One of the world’s most sought-after delicacies is the divine and expensive white truffle and most would agree the very best come from a corner of Piedmont. One of our favorite Italian experiences is …

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Dream of Italy’s 16th Anniversary Favorites

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! It is hard to believe that 16 years have flown by since I founded Dream of Italy. Our little publication has covered the boot from top to bottom with more than a thousand pages on every corner of our favorite …

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What’s New in Italy in 2019

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! There’s a saying that comes to mind when we think of Italy: “Everything old is new again.” Italy may be known for ancient ruins but its also a country of innovation and rediscovery. So indeed, there’s always something new in …

Unique New Stays in Venice: Palazzo Morosini degli Spezieri (August 2018)

This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. Palazzo Morosini degli Spezieri, located in the sestiere of San Polo in Venice, is a 15th-century nine-unit “aparthotel” overlooking one of the city’s most picturesque residential corners in Campiello Sant’Agostin. The amenities and furnishings are five-star quality and the service is impeccable. Manager Pietro …

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