Florence’s Piazza Duomo Now Traffic-Free

Two weeks ago, over 2,000 buses, taxis, cars and scooters disappeared from Florence’s Piazza Duomo. No, it was not part of a massive, simultaneous grand theft auto, it was, merely, the law. In September, Florence mayor Matteo Renzi announced that by October 25th, the square would be completely vehicle-free and declared a pedestrian-only area. Gone are the honking taxis slowly …

Women’s Travel Club: Great Way to See Italy

Earlier this week, I had lunch with Allison O’ Sullivan, managing director of The Women’s Travel Club. We had much to talk about from our passion for travel to changes in the industry and how women are on the forefront of travel and looking for new and meaningful ways to see the world. Allison told me that the Italy trips …

New in Florence: Day Capers

For years now, Da Vinci Capers has remained a standout in small group tours of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, mostly because of owner Barbara Hardesty’s devotion to her company’s mission: to spark the imagination and feed the soul in the tradition of Leonardo Da Vinci. Each week-long programs incorporate Leonardo DaVinci’s teachings, especially sfumato, an open mind and playfulness …

A Dispatch From High Atop a Tuscan Hill

This is the first in a series of guest posts from Italy by Anthony Capozzoli of How To Tour Italy: Dante writes La natura e l’arte di Dio (nature is the art of God). You can see the storm coming in for miles. Like most things in Italy it is a gradual build-up. But when it hits it is as …

Green Travel: A Unique Tour of Italy Focused on Sustainability

Happy Earth Day! Looking for a unique way to see Italy and explore the issues of green tourism, organic food, sustainability, environmental justice and social justice? Then this ecotourism-focused trip I just heard about might be for you… The organization Global Exchange and Green Festival founder Kevn Danaher are offering what they call a “Reality Tour” of Italy from May …

New Center for Artisans to Open in Florence’s Oltrano

Florence‘s Oltrano neighborhood has long been known as the bastion of craftsmen, artisans and antique dealers. The Florentine reports that the 19th century Conventino, formerly the home of the Monastero di Santa Teresa delle Carmelitane Scalze, located near Piazza Tasso is soon to reopen as a 3,500 square-meter multifunctional center devoted to crafts.   According to the newspaper, “The new …

One Step Closer Offers 20% Off Tours

One Step Closer was created for those who don’t have the time, the patience or the contacts to organize their own trip to Italy. All our experiences are carefully tailored to the needs and interests of each client, be it for a family trip, an outing with friends, a honeymoon or a corporate off-site. Today many companies offer customized itineraries …

Subscriber Finds “A Sense of Place” in Italy

I often tell people that many of Dream of Italy’s subscribers might just be even more passionate about Italia than me. And I clearly love it so very much. One of those subscribers that I have in mind is Richard Katzev who has been subscribing to Dream of Italy since January 2003. From time to time, I get e-mails from …