This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. An extended stay in Italy leaves room for magic to happen. With time to wander, Italy undoubtedly will amaze you and reveal parts of itself you never could have imagined. Of course, some planning is inescapable for an extended stay abroad, but we encourage you to leave …
Sabbatical Spotlight: The Henzes Adventure Around the Italian Boot (October/November 2022)
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. “If you come to a new country with an unreserved curiosity, things happen that you simply cannot plan and that make the experience even more worthwhile and rewarding,” Gregor Henze shares. Gregor and Martha Henze of Boulder, CO found themselves enthralled by episodes of Dream of Italy while …
Resources and Ideas: Adult Study Abroad and More (October/November 2022)
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. If it seems daunting to pack up your life and move to Italy for an extended stay: Tranquilli! There are many resources to help make your dream a reality. If detailed planning isn’t your thing, turn to one of the companies, including a prestigious university, that are offering …
Umbria: A Visit to Poggio Belvedere by Vero (October/November 2022)
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. It was the photos of Poggio Belvedere on Instagram (@vero_in_Italy), especially of its dreamy pool and vistas, that made me put it on my itinerary this summer. The apartments too looked so airy and welcoming. It had been a while since I had visited Umbria. After an initial crazy …
Dream Day in Italy: La Foce in Tuscany (April/May 2022)
This article originally appeared in the April/May 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Every corner in Italy seems more beautiful than the next but when it comes to gardens, my heart is always pulled back to La Foce in Tuscany’s breathtaking Val d’Orcia. La Foce is a classic Tuscan estate: cypress trees, goldenrod buildings and—the pièce de résistance—an artfully designed …
Castles in the Airbnb: Finding Italy Rentals Online
Finding Italy rentals online can give you a very local Italian experience and save you a lot of money on your next Italy trip. Here are the pros and cons (and specific recommendations) for using Airbnb, VRBO and Craigslist.
Adventure at a Villa in Le Marche
Our rental is a palace in the center of the Le Marche town of Mercatello, in the heart of Italy's tartufo (truffle) region where magnificent black--and highly desired tartufi bianchi (white truffles)--are gathered from October 1 through the year's end hunting season.
Day Trip from Florence: An Afternoon of Chianti Wine Tasting
On a recent visit to Florence, my mother and I faced a challenge many travelers encounter. We wanted to visit the Chianti area of Tuscany but only had a day. This part of Tuscany isn't easy to explore via public transportation especially if you want to visit some of the world-famous vineyards. Yet, we didn't want the hassle of renting a car for day.
Where to Stay in Puglia: Rustic Charm, Peacocks, Cooking Lessons and Pizzica at This Masseria
Visiting this Puglia masseria truly feels a soulful journey back in time. It is the landscape (ducks and chickens in a coop; an ancient olive mill wheel in the center of the courtyard) and the people here (the warm and welcoming Mamma Giulia who is a fixture in the kitchen) that make it special.
Where to Stay in Puglia: Romantic Guest House on a Golf Course
Adjacent to the archeological site of Egnazia as well as one of the best golf coursse in Puglia, this masseria offers a romantic atmosphere.