Villa Rentals: A Sample of Our Recommendations

The highlight of this month’s Special Report: Villa Rentals II is our well-researched list (we or close associates personally experienced every agency or property on the list) of over 50 agencies, villas and apartments. Here’s a randomly selected sampling: Amalfi Coast: Agency Summer in Italy (800) 509-8194; www.summerinitaly.com Agency in Salerno with properties on the Sorrento Coast, Amalfi Coast and …

Shooting Stars, Saracens and Pizza: Events in Italy This Summer

Our fr*ee online calendar of events is back and filled with tantalizing festivals, concerts and celebrations taking place this summer and fall in Italy. Here are some highlights: Donnafugata (Sicily): Calici di Stelle (Goblets of Stars) August 10, 2008 Italians throughout the land celebrate Notte di San Lorenzo (celebrating San Lorenzo on August 10th) outside, under the stars. It is …

Traveling Palette Art Workshops: D’Ambruoso Studios

Tuscany! Amalfi Coast! Sicily! Traveling Palette Art Workshops is celebrating 11 years of providing exceptional outdoor painting programs set in world-class venues. Each workshop is dedicated to instruction in drawing and painting techniques given by Sam D’Ambruoso, including demos, exercises and constructive critiques. Non-painting guests share in the fun, too, traveling to each site. Every village is unique in offering …

Ravello Exudes Romance

I’m convinced that the Amalfi Coast town of Ravello is a bit closer to heaven than most other places. I’m not just talking figuratively; it literally seems like you can reach out and touch the sky – all the while enjoying the most majestic views of the coast below. This photo is from my recent stay at Ravello’s Palazzo Sasso …

Gift Guide: Italy in Photographs

While its hard to leave Italy, images and photos are the next best things to preserving the magic of this place. Artist Allison Cross has shared her drawings and photos in the Christmas cards and note cards and prints she has produced for Dream of Italy. Now we introduce photographer Nancy Robinson who uses both black and white and color …

So You Want to Drive Along the Amalfi Coast?

For the first time this week, I rented a car to drive to the Amalfi Coast and navigate my way around its many villages. Even those who haven’t visited the area surely know of the famed Amalfi Drive (S.S. 163), filled with tour buses, cars and scooters all fighting for space on hairpin turns along cliffs high above the sea. …