DaVinci’s Drawings on Tour in the U.S.

On Friday, the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, opened at the Birmingham Museum of Art and will continue through November 9. The show explores da Vinci’s most celebrated notebooks, the 18-page Codex on the Flight of Birds, and 11 important drawings. This is the first time the items are being shown outside of Italy. …

Quick Tip: When to Visit the Vatican Museums

Don’t Go: The last Sunday of the month when admission is free. Truly everyone and their mother will be in line with you. Do Go: Wednesday morning when other visitors will be in St. Peter’s Square for the Pope’s weekly blessing. (He blesses the crowd from his apartment window at 11 a.m.)

Rare Chance to “Eye” Italian Treasures

For the past 15 years, Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano (FAI) has dedicated the first weekend of spring (this year, March 24 and 25) to Giornata di Primavera, a two-day national festival celebrating Italy as an open air museum of its own—this year involving every region of Italy for the first time. Over 500 monuments in over 200 cities, often closed …

How to Keep the Kids Happy in Italy

Updated 2018.  Barbara Pape and Michael Calabrese have been taking their now teenage children to Italy since they were toddlers. Barbara and Michael have graciously shared summarized their real life advice and child-friendly hotel picks with Dream of Italy readers in an original article for the February 2007 issue. Here’s a BONUS excerpt from their book Italy with Kids on …

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