Unique New Stays in Venice: Palazzo Volpi (August 2018)

This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. Just over the Cannaregio border into Castello in Venice, Palazzo Volpi occupies a prominent location in Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Palazzo Volpi is part of a new accommodation category called an “aparthotel” – a luxury apartment rental with hotel amenities and services. …

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Unique New Stays in Venice: Hotel Heureka (August 2018)

This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. Returning to the historic center of Venice in Cannaregio, Hotel Heureka is a stunning new property located near Madonna dell’Orto that opened in late 2017 after a lengthy and careful five-year restoration. It’s nestled on a canal and in between residential properties and artisan …

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Unique New Stays in Venice (August 2018)

This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. In a city only six square miles in size and which welcomes upwards of 30 million travelers annually, finding a special place to feel at home in Venice can certainly be daunting. Visiting Venice is so much more than a single day trip and staying even just …

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Museum Dedicated to Casanova (April 2018)

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. This month, a new museum opened in Venice, dedicated to its son Giacomo Casanova. While his name might be synonymous with womanizing, the museum founders and staff hope to introduce visitors to a full portrait of a man whose autobiography illuminates La Serenissima in the 18th century—and by …

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A Vineyard to Wetlands: Unusual Things to Do in Venice (March 2018)

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. While working to launch her Prontopia app — which allows travelers to request on-demand help from locals in walkable cities — in its first city, Venice, Shannon Kenny got to know the city through her new local friends. Here are some of the Prontopia Locals’ favorite off-the-beaten-path things to …

Ride-sharing Gondolas and Water Taxis (December 2017/January 2018)

This article originally appeared in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. The new app KiShare is bringing ride-sharing to Venice’s waterways, allowing users to join other passengers for gondola, water taxi (motoscafi), and road taxi rides. “We decided to start KiShare because we are gondola drivers and many times people ask us if they can share the gondola or a taxi, and also because we …

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Get Help From a Local, on Demand (December 2017/January 2018)

This article originally appeared in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Ever wish you had a friend in an Italian city who could advise you on the best way to get around, what to do and where to go? Prontopia aims to change that, and is launching in Venice as a way to connect travelers with local Venetians who can help them at any …

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Two Favorite Tour Guides in Bologna and Venice — Venice (February 2018)

This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Read the Bologna tour guide article here.  Venice: Luisella Romeo “Venice is a city that loves to exist and to resist,” says tour guide Luisella Romeo. “It exists because it has an active community and it resists because, despite the changes brought about by the modern world, it …

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Behind the Scenes: Season 2 of Dream of Italy on PBS (February 2018)

This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of Dream of Italy.  A new season of the TV travel series Dream of Italy is now airing on PBS (and available to watch at www.dreamofitaly.com) and this time my Italian adventures are deeply personal. 2017 was an intense year planning, filming and editing the six episodes that will continue to …

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Fashion and Fancy at Venetian Palazzi (August 2017)

This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. Venice immediately wows travelers with enchantments. There’s the breathtaking curves of the Grand Canal, stunning architecture of Piazza San Marco, dizzying zigzags of bridges and calle that lure you to wander… Reflections and layers of magic await. Beyond the major sights and tourist crowds are marvelous palazzi turned into museums, where you …

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