Experience Mona Lisa’s Florence

When I heard that author Dianne Hales (who has previously written for Dream of Italy) had a new book out about Mona Lisa, I immediately contacted her to find out if she could write a related travel article for us. Her article on Mona Lisa’s Florence will be in our October issue. It turns out Dianne is also developing a walking tour around …

Use Hotel Rewards Points for Florence Stay

This is an excerpt from the September 2013 issue of Dream of Italy: The best vacations are those where you can use loyalty points to for flights and hotels. In Florence your hotel choices are limited, but just this past year a new offering joined the short list – AC Hotel Firenze by Marriott. Marriott acquired the modern AC Hotel …

February 2013 – Best Tour Guides in Central and Southern Italy

The February 2013 issue of Dream of Italy – a special report on the best local tour guides in central and southern Italy – is hot off the presses. If you’re NOT a subscriber, subscribe today to instantly access the PDF version of this issue, our previous issue on best tour guides in northern Italy and nearly 100 back issues of our award-winning print newsletter. …

Madonna’s New Video Filmed in Florence and Tuscany Countryside

The video for Madonna’s new song “Turn Up the Radio” was filmed in Florence and Mugello, in the Tuscan hills above the city. She shot the video just a few weeks ago while staying at the St. Regis Hotel in Florence.  BFF Debi Mazar and her Tuscan husband Gabriele Corcos may have helped inspire the film locale; they have a house nearby. The megastar stopped …

Ghiberti “Door of Paradise” to Go on Display in Florence Museum This September

If you’re visiting Florence in September or during the fall of 2012, you will have the chance to be among the first in three decades to lay eyes on the original 15th-century gilded bronze door by Lorenzo Ghiberti which Michelangelo called “The Door of Paradise.” This medieval masterpiece weighs eight tons and had been part of the baptistery of Florence’s Duomo …

Apartments in Rome, Venice and Florence

Live like a local for less than a hotel with Cross Pollinate Perfect for families who want cooking facilities and space to spread out. All our properties are inspected by our staff and reviewed and photographed honestly. Booking is quick and easy. No damage deposits or cleaning fees, and most importantly, we’re reachable for any problems or questions before and …