Pope Resigns: Where Will Pope Benedict Live?

  The Papal Palace Details about Pope Benedict’s transition to retirement are emerging. On February 28, the Pope will be helicoptered to Castel Gandolfo, the papal vacation and summer residence in the Alban Hills outside Rome. The site, a short train ride from Rome, is popular with pilgrims from around the world who on summer Sundays catch the 8:37 train …

A Villa in Viterbo Italy: Where Julia Roberts Stayed While Filming “Eat Pray Love”

Updated 2018. In our Eat Pray Love Italy travel guide, we told you about the luxury hotels where movie star Julia Roberts stayed while filming in Rome last August. Yet when filming moved to other parts of Italy and Julia’s family and entourage arrived in Italy (husband Danny Moder, her three children, bodyguards and yoga instructor), they took up residence …

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Yoga in Italy: Sunflower Retreats Holidays in Lazio

Can you imagine anything more relaxing than yoga…in Italy? Vacation yoga retreats are a going trend in bel paese. And they make perfect sense: an affordable way to get away from it all, and an easy place to go solo. In our April issue, Sharon Sanders introduced us to one such retreat in Puglia. She also profiled a Le Marche …

Lazio Day Trip: Fossanova Abbey

In the March print issue of Dream of Italy, Ann Cochran writes about exploring the coast of southern Lazio. While her travels mostly take her to the seaside resort towns, Cochran says that a nice break from the sun and sand lies a short drive inland at Fossanova Abbey. Movie buffs might recognize it. The Sean Connery flick The Name …

Viterbo’s Festa di Santa Rosa

The cover story in our June issue focuses on Viterbo – a charming city 60 miles north of Rome, famous for papal history and thermal baths and this festival: If you happen to be in Rome on the third day of September, catch the train to Viterbo for the Festa di Santa Rosa, the festival of the city’s patron saint. …