Tuscany Tours: 2015 Small Group Tours

At Tuscany Tours, we are celebrating our 17th year of offering the most amazing small group tours to Italy’s favorite places!Exquisite venues far off the beaten path. Come join us in Tuscany, Sicily and on the Amalfi Coast for the time of your life! Click here to view our 2015 travel calendar and request your free itinerary. (This is an …

Spotlight on Sicily with Italian Connection

Experience Sicily from the inside and take advantage of Italian Connection’s offer for Dream of Italy readers: Save $100 per person Enjoy a complimentary stay in a 4-star hotel the night before your tour Get in the mood with a bottle of extra virgin Sicilian olive oil, delivered to your home Offer valid for sign-ups by May 30, 2014 on the …

A Classic Christmas Dessert Recipe from Sicily

Updated 2018. When writing my guest article on Italian Christmas desserts, I asked my friend Maria Louisa Manca, who is a very good cook from Catania (a beautiful city situated on the slope of Mount Etna) to share a favorite dessert from her native Sicily. Here is Maria Louisa’s classic recipe for Croccante alle Mandorle Siciliano: Ingredients: (for 7-8 servings) 500 gr almonds, lightly …

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. …

A Reading List for Sicilian Cuisine

Barrie Kerper, the author of The Collected Traveler series of travel books, introduced to two incredible Sicily cooking schools in our October issue. Here she shares her reading list to immerse yourself in Sicilian cuisine: Two excellent books that generally cover Sicilian cuisine are Pomp and Sustenance: Twenty-Five Centuries of Sicilian Food, Mary Taylor Simeti and Sicily: Culinary Crossroads, Giuseppe …

In Palermo Sicily: Marzipan and La Martorana

In our October issue, Barrie Kerper wrote about two incredible cooking schools in Sicily. Here she shares one of her favorite Sicilian treats and its provenance: It’s hard for me to accurately describe the creativity of Sicilian confectioners, who shape and color marzipan into incredibly life-like treats – sea creatures, fruits, nuts, baskets, spaghetti, eggs, etc. Marzipan is an island-wide …

New Ferry Landing Tax for Islands in Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Sicily

August is prime vacation time in Italy with this week in particular a popular time to hit the beach. Italians, and foreigners alike, headed for some Tuscan, Amalfi Coast and Sicilian islands will be paying a bit more for the privilege. These islands are now charging a ferry landing tax of 1 euro per passenger in the cases of the Tuscan islands of Giglio …

Italy News Round-Up: Rome’s New Eataly, Italy Traffic Tickets, Sicily Financial Problems

Here are the Italy travel news, culture and food stories that got our attention this week… Is Rome’s new Eataly all it is cracked up to be? Katie Parla writes in The New York Times,”The lack of consistency is perhaps mitigated by the sheer convenience of it all. Thousands of nicely packaged products are artfully displayed in a large, air-conditioned …